Gretchen Jane Barnes

18 febrero , 194829 mayo , 2019

GRETCHEN JANE BARNES, 71, of Houston, Texas died Wednesday, May 29th, 2019 at Autumn Leaves Memory Care Home, Clear Lake of complications from Parkinson’s disease. Ms. Barnes was born in Buffalo, New York on February 18, 1948 to Alan A.J. Barnes and Thelma Barnes. She was preceded in death by her parents and sister, Susan and is survived by her sisters Sharon and Jamie and brother, Alan. Also surviving her are her nieces and nephews Jeff Vyner, Michael and Andy Stephenson, Stephanie Chandler, Kimberly Taylor and Alan Barnes, II. Grand nieces and nephews are Ryan, Devin, Madeline, Nick, Rachel, Stephanie, Jennifer, Destiny, Kayla, Skylar, Dylan, Landan, Caydan, Maddie, and Clayton. Two great grand nephews, Bowen and Lincoln. Gretchen retired from Houston ISD after 40 years as a teacher, principal, and vice-principal at Lockart Elementary, McNamara Elementary and Longfellow Elementary. She was a member of King of Glory Lutheran, Houston and New Life Pearland Lutheran churches where she delivered witty and joyful children’s sermons and led the youth group. Though she never married, she lived her life in service to others and there are many who call her mom, second mom and mentor. A memorial service will be held at 10:30 a.m. on June 15, 2019, at New Life Lutheran Church, 3521 E. Orange St., Pearland, Texas 77581. The family requests instead of flowers, donations be made to New Life Lutheran for youth programs.


  • Memorial Service sábado, 15 junio , 2019


Gretchen Jane Barnes


Virginia Hensley Wilke

11 junio , 2019

My sincere sympathy and condolences to the family in the passing of Gretchen. I'm so glad to learn of the positive influence and fullness of her life. I knew Gretchen because she was a younger sister of my best friend in high school. The Barnes family had an enriching effect on my life and I'm sure Gretchen will be missed my many.
Virginia Hensley Wilke

Tiffany Brown-Pineda

8 junio , 2019

Gretchen was a teacher and leader through and through. I was lucky enough to have her as a part of my life for over 25 years. She got me through the tough teenage years being a listening ear and guiding me when I didn't want to hear what my parents had to say. Gretchen inspired me to get my degree in early childhood development and family studies. The day I got married she was right there to make sure nothing messed up the day even being a hostess for the reception. Finally the day came that I found out I was pregnant I asked her to be there when they did the big ultrasound. She told me over and over of how honored she was to be there with us. I then told her that it was my honor to have her there with me as I experienced yet another milestone in my life. The only thing Gretchen did not teach me how to do is live in a world with out her. I will always keep her in my heart and her memory alive.