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March 5, 1959 ~ October 28, 2023 (age 64) 64 Years Old
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Today we celebrate the life of Paulette Barnes. She was born on March 5th in 1959 to Napoleon Barnes and Barbra Taylor.
Paulette grew up in Kansas City, Missouri and she completed her education at Manual High School. She worked for Durham School Services for 12 years and KCMO Public School District for 10 years where she retired.
Paulette's number one hobby and responsibility was raising her three sons. Phone conversations with her mother was something she cherished dearly, and store runs with her big brother were something she truly enjoyed. Her eight grandchildren meant the world to her, while her three sisters were her best friends, including her 'Soup Dog' day one, Cheryl Mountain. She was the host and creator of what friends and family would refer to as 'The Good Time House'. She loved playing music, dancing (KC 2 Stepping), and playing cards. She had an undeniable love for black art and gospel music.
Paulette was the definition of a family first person. The love she had for her family was everything. Her heart extended to all her sons and their many friends, always giving them a place to stay and food to eat.
Three words that best describe Paulette: Daughter, Mother, and Sister. These are the roles she excelled at the most in life, and they also were the roles she loved the most. The passing of her son Terrell was a huge hurdle that she had to overcome, and she did. The passing of her mother Barbra was life changing but she still adjusted. The losses she had only made her stronger because it made her focus more on what she had left in her two remaining sons Rickey and Anthony, and her eight grandchildren.
Paulette was a God-fearing woman and loved anything that had something to do with Jesus Christ and the Baptist Church. Gospel music was a Sunday morning ritual in her household.
Friends and family loved Paulette because she was always a listening ear, understanding, and compassionate. Everyone loved her positive attitude, kind heart, and her sharing personality.
Paulette is preceded in death by her parents, Napoleon Barnes and Barbra Taylor; and one son, Terrell A. Barnes, Sr.
Paulette leaves to cherish her memory her loving sons, Rickey L. Barnes and Anthony L. Barnes, Sr.; brother, James Taylor (Re'Neka); sisters, Jamesetta Barnes (Michael), Misty Taborn (Terry), and Kathy Lacy; eight grandchildren and a host of relatives and friends.
Paulette's legacy will be her eight grandchildren, as they will be the representation of all the hard work, she put in to raising three boys to men, and then to fathers. She will be deeply missed by many, but she will always remain in the hearts of those who had a chance to know her. Terrell Jr., Anthony Jr., Rickey, Raniya, Heaven, Kalani, Logan, and Skylar.