Pamela Ann Barni

October 7, 1946July 6, 2018

Pamela Ann Barni passed away unexpectedly on July 6, 2018 at Mercy Hospital (she would not want you to know her age, so let’s just say “60+”). Born in Freemont, California to USNR Medic Robert Francis Manley and Mary Concepta Manley, Pam enjoyed life and lived it fully with her husband Wayne, her kids Amber and Robert, her grandchildren, her numerous friends, and the turkeys, raccoons & skunks that squeezed through her cat door and were forever after treated like family.

Pam successfully worked in the dental field since the 1970s before spending more recent years in residential real estate in Redding (where she was known for her honesty and super cute outfits). She also loved good wine, boating on Whiskeytown Lake, Bingo in Reno with her daughter Amber, traveling to Napa (yum, wine!), and hosting Newcomers & Friends lunches for those relocating to Redding. She was also a regular supporter of The Good News Rescue, local women’s shelter, and any business that sold shoes. Pam never complained about life’s challenges, and nothing could dim her electric smile or wicked sense of humor.

Pam was uniquely committed to rescuing, adopting, and otherwise caring for cats. With husband of 30 years Wayne Barni, she took in dozens regardless of their age or medical needs and also supported the Haven Humane Society with regular deliveries of soft blankets and toys for cats waiting to find new homes. Redding now has a Guardian Saint of Cats, and she’ll always be wearing a sporty pair of Skechers!

Services will be held on July 17, 2018 at 10:00 a.m. at McDonalds Funeral Home in Redding followed by lunch at Cheesecakes Unlimited. In lieu of flowers, please make donations in Pam’s name to the Haven Humane Society, PO Box 992202, Redding, CA 96099-2202.

Onward and upward, Pam. Even on your worst day, you were nothing less than amazing.


  • Funeral Service Tuesday, July 17, 2018

Pamela Ann Barni

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Pat Robert

July 17, 2018

It was with great sadness that I learned of the passing of Pam from my new cousin, Jenni. It has only been a few months since we found out we were first cousins of the Souza name. Our mothers were sisters, and I really never knew about her and the other cousins, Jenni and Richard. Pam and I had communicated on e-mail and were just beginning to find similarities and learn about each other's families. I was blessed to have known her for those short months. An empty space is here in my heart and sorrow that I was unable to meet Pam. My family's sympathy goes out to your entire family for your loss. Pat and Dave Robert

Suzie Abels

July 12, 2018

Our family was BLESSED to know Pam for 12 years. She was a very kind person with a great laugh! Pam was at every birthday party of her granddaughter Ella and at every important family gathering bringing her positive energy, laughter and warmth.
Pam always engaged with everyone asking about their lives and genuinely asking about our kids lives too.
Pam loved iced coffee and laughed in delight drinking it at the table at her daughter Amber”s and son in law James house. Her immense love for her devoted daughter Amber and granddaughter Ella was palpable. She adored her son in law James and they shared a great sense of humor together.Pam made EVERYONE feel welcome and special. Her love for cats was touching and real. Pam was a very special person and I will miss seeing her very much💚
With love,
All blessings,
Suzie Abels, Southern California

Robert Benson

July 11, 2018

The world is alittle less brighter today.Having lost one of the brightest loving person i ever called her pam barni or pamela ...but to me she was just MOM.she was always fair minded and loved animals.cats and turkeys were her friends .the human kind too.she enjoy life.and loved being together with wayne her husband.and enjoyed time with her daughter amber and grandaughter ella.i will miss you so very much.and i find the thought of you not being here somthing i just dont want to i will remember you always and smile a little when i think of moments we shared.sad,fun,happy,all that was the best in you i will always try to keep a part of me.for alot of you is the best in me..i will always remember you ..your loving son...R.

Linda Sullivan

July 7, 2018

Wayne, Amber and family,

Wayne I have not yet met you... however I was going to meet you this Friday in Reno at the Frankie Valli show. Amber that is where I met you in Reno. So glad that took place.
Wayne I’m was Pam’s nail tech I did her pedicures (Linda). Her and I had a different relationship not just client but a friend. We shared stories of her family and me of mine. We bought lottery tickets just because of the date. We shared the love of natural soap, no fragrance for her. As a matter of fact she brought me a bar of soap at her last visit. She was so thoughtful, caring and loving person I know. I will miss her with all my heart.
I hope that you Wayne, her kids and grandchildren find some peace in her everlasting love. She was a beautiful person and I was blessed to have known her.
Much Love,
Linda Sullivan