Nancy Kay Barnard

September 8, 1944April 22, 2021

Nancy Barnard, age 76, has fallen asleep in death on April 22, 2021 in Muskegon, Michigan. In John 11:11 Jesus said “Lazarus has fallen asleep, but I’m travelling there to awaken him”.

Nancy was born on September 8, 1944 in Muskegon, Michigan to Vivian and Robert Gelinas. In 1978 she moved to California with her husband Frank. Nancy and Frank, then moved to Alaska for several years, she said “It is the most beautiful place on earth”. She loved taking pictures of all the beautiful places she had been, and talking to others about her time in Alaska. Nancy loved babies and “always wanted one more”. She really enjoyed being outdoors. Nancy loved fishing, hunting, collecting rocks, gardening, flowers, photography, crafts, and reading the Bible. Nancy was also a member of the Kingdom Hall of Jehovah Witnesses - South Grand Haven Congregation. Nancy will be dearly missed by her children, friends, and family.

Nancy was preceded in death by her first husband Donald Hawkins, and her second husband Frank Barnard; parents Vivian and Robert Gelinas; granddaughter Jodi Ann Luckett (2007); sister Barbara Collins (2016) and husband Robert Collins (2006).

Nancy is survived by children Laura Rose, Donald (Wendy) Hawkins, Mark (Tammy), Tamara (Troy), Daylan (Elyssa), and Wesley (Jennifer); brother Robert (Mary) Gelinas; 12 grandchildren, and 5 great grandchildren; As well as, special friends Kay Martin, Anna Vanstratt, Anita Miner, Vickie Tatlock, Barb Zang-Sarah Hunnicut, Jan Zuder, Shirley Green, and special cat Lucas.

There will be a Celebration of Life service at Norman Kruse Park, located at 3205 W. Sherman Blvd. Muskegon, MI 49441. The services will take place on Saturday, May 1st, 2021 at 1:00 pm.


  • Celebration of Life

    Saturday, May 1, 2021


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Susan Oklad

April 27, 2021

Our hearts & prayers are with you.

Deanna Washburn

April 26, 2021

To the family of Nancy,
I am so sorry for your loss. She was a kind and loving spirit. It was such a privilege to have known her and cared for her. I will never forget her. She told me so many stories of Alaska, her husband and of her children and grandchildren that she dearly loved. She loved music and nature, and on any given day could be found staring at the birds and flowers outside telling you how beautiful it was and wanting you to enjoy the beauty of it. She also sure could kick a mean soccer ball, when she wanted to. Thank you for allowing me to be one of the lucky people who cared for her. You are all in my prayers. Just know she’s looking down on you every day now, in a more peaceful place.

Deanna Washburn