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Radney Funeral Home - Mobile

3155 Dauphin Street, Mobile, AL

OBITUARY

Lexie Ann Gill Barnett

January 2, 1935September 3, 2019

Lexie Ann Gill Barnett died September 3, 2019 at a local retirement community. She was born in Idaho Falls, Idaho to Raymond Lawrence Gill and Lexie Croft Gill. She graduated from Idaho Falls High School as the salutatorian and enrolled at the University of Idaho. After meeting her husband, she transferred to Oklahoma State University where she graduated at the top of her class in elementary education. She later earned her Master’s degree in elementary education from the University of Alabama and her Specialist degree in Educational Leadership from the University of South Alabama. Mrs. Barnett was an elementary school teacher and principal for over forty years, having spent the majority of her career at Mary B. Austin Elementary. She was also the recipient of the National Distinguished Principal award in 1997 where she was honored by the president in Washington D.C. Mrs. Barnett was a beloved mother and grandmother, an avid reader and a life-long learner. She volunteered her time giving tours for school field trips at both The Gulf Coast Exploreum Science Center and the Mobile Museum of Art. She was also an active member of Spring Hill Presbyterian Church for over 50 years serving in various educational and leadership roles. After retiring, she and her husband traveled the world, seeing over 100 countries on land and by river boat and ocean cruise. Mrs. Barnett was preceded in death by her husband of 60 years, Marion Mitchell Barnett. She is survived by her two children, David Mitchell Barnett married to Ashley Brady Barnett, and their daughter Madeline Brady Barnett, all of Mobile; Kerry Barnett Welborn, married to Dr. Daniel Charles Welborn, and their two children Ryan Daniel Welborn and Lauren Elizabeth Welborn, all of Marietta, Georgia. She is also survived by her sister, Marcia Gill Winzeler, of Phoenix, Arizona, as well as several nieces and nephews. Services will be held Friday, September 6 at 10:30 a.m. at Springhill Presbyterian Church. The burial will take place on Friday at a private family ceremony at Pine Crest Cemetery. In lieu of flowers, the family requests that donations be made to Springhill Presbyterian Church at SHPC, 10 Westminster Way, Mobile, AL 36608 or online at https://shpc.us/giving/memorial-gifts/

  • FAMILY

  • Marion Mitchell Barnett, Husband of 60 Years (deceased)
  • David Mitchell & Ashley Brady Barnett, Son & Daughter-in-law
  • Kerry Barnett & Dr. Daniel Charles Welborn, Daughter & Son-in-law
  • Madeline Brady Barnett, Granddaughter
  • Ryan Daniel Welborn, Grandson
  • Lauren Elizabeth Welborn, Granddaughter
  • Marcia Gill Winzeler, Sister
  • Survivors also include several nieces and nephews.

Services

  • Funeral Service Friday, September 6, 2019

Memories

Lexie Ann Gill Barnett

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Patricia Hughes

September 6, 2019

Lexie was a wonderfully supportive principal. Her love of family and enjoyment of travel experiences were very much a part of my memories. She had a kind and gentle spirit and will be welcomed into the Kingdom. May God comfort you during this difficult time. You are in my thoughts and prayers. Patty Hughes

Becki Quinnelly

September 4, 2019

Lexie was a great principal. She loved her teachers and students. Under Lexie I went through cancer and the loss of my mother. She was always caring and supportive. She started our retired teachers lunch group, and she invited me to come during the summer, even before I retired. I will miss her sweet presence. Praying that her family will feel God's love, strength, and comfort during this time.

Carol Heim

September 4, 2019

Lexie was the lady who trusted in me and made me feel at home when she hired me. I remember coming into her tiny office with my home made resources for teaching students in need of special speech services. I had one pervious interview before her which did not go so well. That principal said she wasn’t interested in my cutesy resources and wanted to see my resume’. I used a different approach with Lexie. I said I had a resume’ but I did not know what my hobbies had to do with anything. Lexie leaned forward grabbed my hand and said, “ you are my kind of person”, “I have a stack full of resumes and could care less what they say”. We hit it off and she made the beginning of my career so wonderful. I have every gift she gave to her teachers. I have an apple shaped basket, a wooden ruler case with a tiny apple for a handle and painted with my name on it, a little calculator with Austin Elementary School printed on it, a complete array of mugs with nice sayings on them and last but not least a beautiful cloisonné egg that makes a necklace which she brought back from China. She was a classy lady and am pretty sure she will be that way in heaven too.

Cherilynn Veland

September 4, 2019

I remember Lexie so fondly. I began being friends with Kerry as a young child at Springhill Presbyterian church. Kerry often invited me over and I can remember how her mother often said yes. We also swam together and Mrs Barnett always had a smile. Lexie came off as so patient and kind. I really appreciated that even as a child.
I am so sorry for your loss....
Sincerely,
Cherilynn Veland Panko, Charleston, SC

FROM THE FAMILY
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