Butler County Times Gazette
  • OBITUARY - Lola May Barnes

  • Lola May Barnes died Sept. 26 at the age of 94.
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  • Lola May Barnes died Sept. 26 at the age of 94. She was born June 1, 1918 in El Dorado to Elsie May and Walter Barnhill. She is preceded in death by her husband William Barnes, Sr. and son William Barnes, Jr. She is survived by son and daughter-in-law Walter and Anne Barnes of Kapaa, Hawaii, daughter-in-law Bette Orr of Washington D.C., and brother Sam Barnhill of Golden, Colo.
    A graduate of El Dorado High School class of '36, Lola May then studied art and business at Kansas University. In addition to raising her sons, Lola May worked at Barnhill Paint & Wallpaper and then was a partner in Barnes Manufacturing working side by side with her husband managing the family business. Until her retirement at 88 she managed property in El Dorado and was as eager to climb a ladder to paint as she was to keep the books or negotiate a lease. She was a cofounder of El Dorado's women's study and service organization, Freya Club, a member of the Knife and Fork Club, and several bridge clubs.
    Upon retirement, at 88 years of age, Lola May moved to Lihue to live at Regency at Pua Kea and continued pursuing her lifelong interests: bridge, reading mysteries, and eating out. She organized bridge at Regency and played almost daily, she loved and read mystery novels and never missed a chance to go out to eat. She loved dining at Keoki's Paradise where she was a Sunday regular.
    Services will be private.
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