Betty Barnett

Betty Barnett

URBANA – Betty Helen Barnett, 89, of Urbana passed away at 2:41 p.m. Monday (Nov. 12, 2012) at Carle Foundation Hospital.

A visitation will be held from 5 to 8 p.m. today (Thursday, Nov. 15) at Renner-Wikoff Chapel and Crematory, 1900 S. Philo Road, Urbana.

A funeral service will be held at 10 a.m. Friday, Nov. 16, at the funeral home. The Rev. Lisa Kincer-Wiedman will officiate. Burial will be held in Grandview Memorial Gardens, Champaign.

Betty was born July 6, 1923, to parents Wilbur and Clara (Soloman) Bales. She married Gerald Barnett on Aug. 3, 1941, in Champaign. He preceded her in death on Aug. 23, 2004.

Survivors include seven children, Geraldine Morfey (Roger) of Champaign, Donna Zook (Gary) of Fruitland Park, Fla., Richard Barnett (Jeannie) of Urbana, Diana Shaw (Tom) of Laurens, Iowa, Wilma Dyson (Michael) of Mahomet, William Barnett (Cathy) of Urbana and David Barnett (Theresa) of Paxton; five siblings, Robert Earl Bales (Verna) of Indiana, Gene Bales (Marie) of Philo, Jim Bales (Pat) of Missouri, Georgia Hill of Champaign and Juanita Rose of Champaign; 18 grandchildren, 27 great-grandchildren and five great-great-grandchildren.

Betty was preceded in death by her parents, two grandsons, one great-grandson, one brother, two sisters and a son-in-law.

Betty worked for Magnavox soldering for the red eye during the Vietnam War. She later worked for the Urbana School District No. 116 for many years in food service. She was a member at Webber Street Christian Church and the VFW. Betty thoroughly enjoyed reading, playing cards, the St. Louis Cardinals and NASCAR.

In lieu of other expressions of sympathy, memorial contributions may be made to Betty's family or to an organization of the donor's choice. Condolences may be offered online at

dmb1 wrote on November 15, 2012 at 9:11 am

Dear family,
My prayers are with you at this sad time.
We buried Jack on November 16, do you remember?
It was a beautiful sunny day like tomorrow will be.