On the morning of March 12, 2016, Ruth Ann “Huebner” Barnes passed away peacefully with her family present. She was 85 years old. Ruth Ann was born August 29, 1930 near Utica, Kentucky to Martin Francis and Julia Margaret Huebner. She was the oldest of five, including Robert Lee, Mary Kay, Harold Glen and Martine. When Ruth Ann was a teenager, her father moved the family to Oklahoma. She married James Roy Barnes in November of 1953. They settled in Pauls Valley, where Jim was employed by Halliburton. They had three children- Julie Ann, Brandon Neal and Jamie Elizabeth. In 1967, Ruth Ann opened Happy Valley Kindergarten, which was the first licensed daycare in Garvin County. She was an active member of her community and a strong advocate for children. Ruth Ann is preceded in death by her husband Jim and son Brandon. She is survived by daughters Julie and Jamie; grandchildren Angie, Anna, Jon Patrick, Courtney, Daniel, Lucas, Matthew and Gracie; and great-grandchildren Jack, Millie Kate, Olivia, Colter and Everett James. There will be a family memorial service to be held at a later date. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to Valley Hospice of Pauls Valley, Oklahoma.
Published on  March 20, 2016