Jane Barney

June 15, 1914July 7, 2018

Jane Lockwood Barney, 104, died peacefully in her sleep in Ann Arbor, Michigan, on July 7. She left daughter Alice Barney Aronow (Abraham Aronow), son James O. Barney (Deborah Ruzicka), son Daniel R. Barney (Ann Malester), daughter-in-law Patricia A. Murphy, grandchildren Adam Aronow, Roger Aronow (Mary Beth Aronow), Paul Barney (Marion Finnegan), Ross Barney (Ann Atwood), great-grandson John Lockwood Barney, step-grandson Thomas Bisbee, and numerous nieces and nephews. Her husband Roger W. Barney and son Jonathan L. Barney died before her.

Jane was a loving wife and mother, grandmother, and great-grandmother, accomplished gerontologist, leading advocate for the poor and the underrepresented, local Democratic Party official, and devoted friend to many. For a detailed appreciation article by Lauren Slagter in The Ann Arbor News on July 9, 2018, with numerous family photos, please go to


  • Funeral Service Thursday, July 19, 2018

Jane Barney

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Madeleine Baier

July 9, 2018

I'm sad to say that I didn't know Jane very well, but I'm familiar with, and in awe of, her tireless efforts on behalf of the less fortunate.
Mother Theresa once said, "find your own Calcutta". Jane Barney did just that, she truly embodied Christianity in action.
Rest well, beautiful lady. You've earned it!