Edith R. Barnett, 1926-2019

Edith R. Barnett
Edith R. Barnett, 1926-2019. Photo provided

ROCKINGHAM, Vt. – Edith R. (Moul) Barnett of Darby Hill Road went home to her heavenly Father Nov. 1, 2019 after being cared for by her loving family in her home following a long illness. She was born Jan. 9, 1926 in Antrim, N.H., the daughter of Edward and Esther (Smart) Moul. She attended schools in Antrim where she met her long-life partner Robert C Barnett. They were married July 5, 1943 and moved to Rockingham, Vt., managing a farm on Darby Hill and starting a family. Later, they started Barnett Roofing Company of which she was an active part. Edith loved music, singing, and dancing. One of her favorite songs was “Jesus Loves Me” and also “The Old Gray Mare,” which she would share with her friends, her doctors, hospice and Bayada caregivers, and anyone who would listen. She also loved working in her flowerbeds. Raising her family of five, her motto was: “You have to have a good sense of humor to survive this world” – and she did for 93 years. She would give you a big wink when she was being silly or up to no good.

Edith is predeceased by her husband Robert Barnett, her daughter Roberta Ann Barnett Lakin, her sisters Evelyn Foss and Eleanor Fielders, her brothers Edward, Ernest, Earl, and Everett Moul.

Surviving is her daughter Esther Barnett Johnson of Vernon, Vt., her son Robert C. “Bob” Barnett Jr. and wife Debra of Vernon, Vt., her daughter Linda Barnett Adams and husband Craig of St. Cloud, Fla., and her daughter Phyllis B. Barnett Jones and husband Cecil of Hendersonville, N.C.; nine grandchildren and eight great-grandchildren; several nieces and nephews; her sister-in-law Midge and husband Richard Parson; and brother-in-law Carlton Barnett.

There was a funeral service Saturday, Nov. 9 at Fenton & Hennessey Funeral Home in Bellows Falls, Vt., officiated by Pastor Cecil L Jones. Burial followed in the Meeting House Cemetery in Rockingham, Vt.

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