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Barns, Marylouise

Marylouise Barns, a long-time resident of the Phoenix area, passed away peacefully surrounded by family and friends November 2, 2009. Her family and dear longterm friendships fueled her life with joy, festiveness, laughter and spontaneous acts of kindness. A loving, devoted mother, wife and friend, her joie d’vivre, creativity, and sense of adventure were instilled within her at an early age. Born April 15, 1924 in Hot Springs, Arkansas and raised as an only-child, Marylouise’s love of music and art was cultivated during her studies at the Ursuline Academy in Dallas. She graduated as a pianist with a focus on classical music performance and the dream of becoming a concert pianist. Later in life, she rekindled her musical talents by taking up the harp. Marylouise’s early business career involved working in the airline transportation industry. As a ticketing agent she met her soon-to-be husband William F. Barns who was not only a highly decorated air-combat pilot for the USAF in World War II, but also broke the world speed record in an F-86D Sabre Jet. They married in California and began a family. As an Air Force Colonel’s wife and the mother of two children they traveled to various postings in the United States, Hawaii, and Japan. The experience of traveling abroad heightened Marylouise’s desire to continue to see the world and explore in-depth the cultures and peoples of various countries. She shared many remarkable journeys overseas with family and friends and it was during this time that friendships resulting from these journeys began to develop– lasting throughout her life. Her preference for travel anywhere stateside was via her favorite railroad, Amtrak, for which she became a strong advocate for more Federal funding and the expansion of its services. Either traveling alone, with family or her friends she forever enjoyed the solitude and opportunity to savor the ever-changing landscape. During the early 1960’s, Marylouise became actively involved with Saint Theresa’s Parish in the Sodality and Florence Crittenden Auxillary. At this same time her artistic talents continued to evolve and she developed her own interior design business that flourished for more than 20 years bringing an aesthetically distinctive style to each one of her clients’ environs. Marylouise lived in the moment, mentored many , loved her family so much, helped those in need and treasured her many friends. She believed in the goodness of people, was a supportive energy to many in their endeavors and graced lives with her elegance and wit. She enriched all of those she met with her spirit, kindness and beautiful smile. We loved her and will miss her with all our hearts. She is survived by her daughter Terrie Barns-Canfield, her son Bill Barns, her granddaughter Sarah Haley Clifton-Barns, her son-in-law Michael Canfield and her daughter-in-law Sandy Clifton-Barns. She was preceded in death by her husband William F. Barns and her mother Louise Sisco and her father William Hamilton. A celebration of her life and mass will be held at St. Theresa Catholic Church on Thursday November 12, 2009 at 10:00 am., 5045 East Thomas Road, Phoenix, Arizona 85018. Donations may be made in memory of Marylouise Barns to the Scottsdale Museum of Contemporary Art, 7374 E. 2nd Street, Scottsdale, AZ 85251 or Hospice of the Valley, 1510 E. Flower Street, Phoenix, AZ 85014.


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