Dena Lee Barnes — 1951-2019

Published 10:25 pm Wednesday, August 28, 2019

A Celebration of Life for Dena Lee Barnes, of Auburn, will begin at 11 a.m. CDT at Auburn United Methodist Church Founder’s Chapel. Visitation will begin at 10 a.m. CDT with the Rev. Milton Newton and the Rev. Julie Hare, officiating. Burial will follow at Resthaven Cemetery in Lanett.

Ms.  Barnes, who died Aug. 27 at her home in Auburn, was born Sept. 3, 1951, in LaFayette and grew up in the Harrington Heights Community in Chambers County. Dena attended Huguley Elementary School and graduated from Lanett High School. She received a Bachelor of Science in home economics from Auburn University. She worked for 36 years with the Alabama Cooperative Extension Service, during which time she received a Master of Education from Auburn University. Dena began her career in Butler County and soon transferred to Pike County where she served as a county extension agent for many years. In this role, she worked with 4-Hers and taught countless homemaker programs. Dena said the highlight of her job was working with 4-H students and getting to attend 4-H camps. She won numerous awards for her work as a county agent in Pike County, including the Distinguished Service Award and Diversity Award from Epsilon Sigma Pi. Dena was an avid tennis player and won many tennis tournaments, including the Lipton Tea Tournament. Dena was an avid photographer and won several awards. She enjoyed traveling with friends on ski trips, trips out west, Alaska and other destinations. In 2004, she transferred to Lee County for the remainder of her career as a regional extension agent until her retirement. Dena relished being closer to her family and Auburn football. She was a devoted caregiver to her mother, Dorothy, during Dorothy’s final years. She was an avid gardener and was known for her talent of growing, cultivating, and decorating gourds. Dena used to joke that one day she would become a “gourd millionaire,” a statement usually followed by her signature full-throated belly laugh. Dena’s love for life, her friends, her family, and nature made those around her feel rich beyond measure.

Dena is survived by her beloved sister, Diana Barnes, of Auburn; her brother, Billy (Teresa) Barnes, of Standing Rock; five nieces and nephews, Angie Barnes (Craig), of Lanett, Jeff Barnes, of Opelika, Anna Robertson Bennett (Gabe), of Sautee, Georgia, Jody Robertson (Jennifer), of LaFayette, and Isaac Robertson (Bradley), of Gold Hill; as well as 11 great-nieces and nephews.

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During Dena’s last years, she had the privilege of being cared for by her sister, Diana and Venecia Pineda.

Flowers will be appreciated or a donation to the Alabama 4- H Club Foundation through Alabama Extension, 244 Duncan Hall, Auburn University 36849.

Jeffcoat Trant Funeral Home is directing.