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Fentress Mortuary

1805 North A Street, Fort Smith, AR

OBITUARY

Shelly Barnard

October 22, 1967July 25, 2020
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Shelly Barnard of Ft. Smith received her official wings when she entered God’s Kingdom Saturday July 25, 2020 at Mercy Hospice in Ft. Smith from a long 9 year, bravely fought battle with Carcinoid Cancer. Her bravery and beautiful smile never wavered as she was determined to live her life to the fullest.

Shelly was born Oct. 22, 1967 in Bedford, IN to Butch and Dale Ann Dalton. She graduated High School in Bedford and then received her cosmetology license. She later moved to Tulsa and worked for Glamour Shots which eventually brought her to Ft. Smith where she met her best friend, soulmate and husband Lee Barnard and was married March 17, 1995 exactly 2 years after their first blind date. She was a very accomplished makeup artist and photographer and made many beautiful memories for her clients. Shelly was an avid Indianapolis Colts fan and never missed a game on TV and went to several games while visiting friends and family in Indiana. She also loved the outdoors. Camping and kayaking with friends and loved crappie fishing with her husband and grandkids.

Shelly gave her life to Christ at a young age and was a Christian and her love for Christ carried her through her tough times.

She loved life to the fullest and she was the type of person that you were drawn to. She never met a stranger and went out of her way to make you feel good. She was a beautiful soul inside and out.

The most important part of Shelly’s life was her grandkids. She loved spending all the time she could with them and they all made her the happiest. She was always a very proud MiMi.

Shelly was preceded in death by her father Butch Dalton and is survived by her mother and step father Dale Ann and Ken Johnson of Indiana; her husband Lee Barnard; her daughters Brooke Staggs, Brandy Wilson and son Josh Barnard. A brother Layne Dalton and grandchildren, Taegan, Brysten, Dajana, Saylor, Spencer and many friends and family. She is also survived by her faithful pup, Mocha Joe.

No services are scheduled at her wish and cremation arrangements are under the direction of Fentress Mortuary in Ft. Smith, with a celebration of life to be held at a later date.

In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions can be made in her name at Carti Cancer Center, 8901 Carti Way Little Rock, AR 72205 or Ochsner Neuroendocrine Tumor Clinic 200 W Esplande Ave Suite 200 Kenner, LA 70065.

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Memories

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Alicia Henry

August 6, 2020

My favorite memory of Shelly is of the day she and Lee told me how they met, fell in love, and got married. Shelly and Lee lit up talking about it and it was absolutely beautiful. And of course when Shelly and I sang "Black Velvet" at the bar on 91st.

Shawn Pritchard

August 5, 2020

y favorite memory of Shelly was the day we got to spend with her and Lee on November 27, 2018. Our friend, Shelly, and her husband, Kevin got tickets for Shelly, Lee, Tracy and myself to attend the Colts game that day. Shelly was an avid Colts fan and getting to watch them play at Lucas Oil Stadium was on her bucket list. Tracy and I met Shelly and Lee for lunch before the game and had such a wonderful time. Shelly was so excited. Little did she know, not only were they going to go to the game, but our friends arranged for Shelly and Lee to have seats in the Lucas Oil suite, which are the best seats in the stadium. Unfortunately, Tracy and I did not have tickets for the suite and we were going to have to go our separate ways for the game. We took Shelly and Lee to the suite only to find out two guests weren’t able to make it to the game. That freed up spots for Tracy and I to stay in the suite with Shelly and Lee. Shelly and Lee were able to go down by the sidelines during the 3rd quarter to watch the game. I remember I kept watching them instead of the game. Shelly was so overwhelmed with joy that day! She was like a little kid on Christmas morning. I can’t tell you how many times I saw her cry tears of joy. They way everything worked out that day was crazy. To top it off, the Colts won with a last second field goal. That entire day was perfect. It made us so happy to be a part of her special day. I will never forget it! Fly high Shelly! I love you!

Phyllis Gasaway

August 4, 2020

Shelly was a beautiful woman and always so kind to me. All the meals we've had, she always made sure we were taken care of. The last time I saw her she had brought me a beautiful bouquet of roses out of her garden. With the virus, we couldn't hug but we could tell each other we loved each other. That day she had made several arrangements for others. I so appreciated it. I will miss you so much, my sweet niece. You were a blessing to me. Rest in Peace . ❤️

Sue Cooper

August 3, 2020

The last time I and my grandson saw Shelly was after the flood waters receded in Village Harbor, and she and Lee were out walking their dog. We talked to them for quite a while, and Shelly was as sweet and beautiful as she always was. My grandson remembers playing with Shelly's grandson Taegan when they were both younger, and they always had fun at Shelly's house. We'd like to send our condolences to Lee and all of the family. Shelly was one of a kind, and will be missed.

Joreena Lynn,wray

August 3, 2020

We had so much fun growing up riding bikes,u were always so sweet,now fly high to were u will always be an angel

Jody Carpenter

August 2, 2020

Shelly was always up for adventure. I still remember riding “The Revolution” at Holiday World when we were younger. She got off—and threw up in the bushes. But then...she was raring to go again. She didn’t let much stop her from having a good time, and I believe that goes for the end of her life, as evidenced by her memories with Lee and the kids. Shelly, I’m gonna miss you...but you’ll still be in my heart and on every adventure that we come across. Love you!

Kristi Rayhill

August 2, 2020

I had the privilege of being her sister in law for a few years. Back then we became really close but life circumstances drifted us apart. She was a great sister and a wonderful mother and aunt to my daughter Heidi. Reast in peace Shelly!! I will miss you posts on Facebook of your beautiful smile. Love ya girl!

Jenny Robbins Purcell

August 2, 2020

Oh goodness, so many good memories probably met her in jr high, I dated a guy that she had so we hit it off from the beginning. She would spend the night with me and my sister Dora and she would wear my jeans and put make up on but had to hide it from her mom, lol! Shelly, my sister and few other friends started a group the “Stop-Stop” like the “Go-Go” because we all loved them. I wasn’t cool enough but got to be an alternate (what ever that meant)! My sister Terri married Terry (her cousin) so we always said we were related but really wasn’t. She sure was tiny but mighty, I remember her taking up for me at Burger Chef when a girl wanted to beat me up and Shelly jumped right in to protect me. Oh my I could go on and on. She sure lived life to the fullest and we all drifted apart but always has had a special place in my heart, RIP Shelly!❤️

Janine Gould

August 2, 2020

Shelly was the sweetest person. The last time I saw her was our 30 year high school reunion a few years ago. It was a great night and I was so glad she came. I will be keeping her family in my prayers.

Terri Briscoe

August 2, 2020

Lots of memories. She was loved Thoughts, love & prayers to her family & friends

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Biography

Shelly Barnard of Ft. Smith received her official wings when she entered God’s Kingdom Saturday July 25, 2020 at Mercy Hospice in Ft. Smith from a long 9 year, bravely fought battle with Carcinoid Cancer. Her bravery and beautiful smile never wavered as she was determined to live her life to the fullest.

Shelly was born Oct. 22, 1967 in Bedford, IN to Butch and Dale Ann Dalton. She graduated High School in Bedford and then received her cosmetology license. She later moved to Tulsa and worked for Glamour Shots which eventually brought her to Ft. Smith where she met her best friend, soulmate and husband Lee Barnard and was married March 17, 1995 exactly 2 years after their first blind date.
She was a very accomplished makeup artist and photographer and made many beautiful memories for her clients.
Shelly was an avid Indianapolis Colts fan and never missed a game on TV and went to several games while visiting friends and family in Indiana. She also loved the outdoors. Camping and kayaking with friends and loved crappie fishing with her husband and grandkids.

Shelly gave her life to Christ at a young age and was a Christian and her love for Christ carried her through her tough times.

She loved life to the fullest and she was the type of person that you were drawn to. She never met a stranger and went out of her way to make you feel good. She was a beautiful soul inside and out.

The most important part of Shelly’s life was her grandkids. She loved spending all the time she could with them and they all made her the happiest. She was always a very proud MiMi.

Shelly was preceded in death by her father Butch Dalton and is survived by her mother and step father Dale Ann and Ken Johnson of Indiana; her husband Lee Barnard; her daughters Brooke Staggs, Brandy Wilson and son Josh Barnard. A brother Layne Dalton and grandchildren, Taegan, Brysten, Dajana, Saylor, Spencer and many friends and family. She is also survived by her faithful pup, Mocha Joe.

No services are scheduled at her wish and cremation arrangements are under the direction of Fentress Mortuary in Ft. Smith, with a celebration of life to be held at a later date.

In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions can be made in her name at Carti Cancer Center, 8901 Carti Way Little Rock, AR 72205 or Ochsner Neuroendocrine Tumor Clinic 200 W Esplande Ave Suite 200 Kenner, LA 70065.

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