Wednesday, January 29, 2014

Frances S. Barnes

Belmont, NY - Frances S. Barnes, age 98, of 23 Court Street, died on Monday, January 27, 2014, at home. She was born on October 29, 1915 in Chillicothe, Ohio; she was the daughter of Clarence and Fanny Hunter Shaw. On November 21, 1942, in Washington D.C., she married Robert A. Barnes who predeceased her on December 22, 1989.
Frances graduated from Chillicothe High School in 1933. Soon after graduation, she went to Washington, D.C. where she worked for the Roosevelt Works Progress Administration. She continued to work for the War Production Board after her marriage to Robert. In 1944 she moved to Friendship, NY. while her husband was in wartime Europe, taking part in the Normandy Invasion, and the Battle of the Bulge. After World War II ended, Fran worked for Lunn Lumber in Wellsville and for Jordan Lumber in Cuba. In 1959 Fran started working for the former Allegany County Board of Supervisors, which later became the Board of Legislators. This lasted until her retirement, when she was elected a District 5 legislator. Her interest in local politics and history continued until just a few days before her death, as she sat in her chair looking up at the courthouse, where she spent such a huge and productive part of her life.
Fran is survived by a daughter, Roberta E. Barnes of San Antonio, Texas; a son William (Niki) Barnes of Friendship; 2 grandchildren, Allison Barnes (Will Tucker) of Rushford and Abigail Liebman of Newton Massachusetts; a great granddaughter, Silvy Liebman; a brother in law Ralph (Helen) Barnes of  Portville and a nephew, Thomas Barnes of Olean.
Fran was predeceased by her parents, 2 brothers, Paul and William, and her husband, Robert.
There will be no prior visitation and Interment will be held at the convenience of the family. Memorials may be made the Visiting Nurse Association, 4944 State Route 19 South, Belmont, NY.  14813; or to Homecare and Hospice, 118 North Main Street, Wellsville, New York,  14895; or to Meals on Wheels, 6085 State Route 19 North, Belmont, New York, 14813; or to Literacy Volunteers of Allegany County, 5455 State Route 19 North, Belmont, New York, 14813. To leave on line condolences please visit


  1. Pud:
    So sorry to hear about your mother. My prayers and thoughts go out to you and your brother.

    Donna Ross-Borden

  2. Dear Bill and Roberta. so very sorry to read of your mothers passing. She was a wounderful woman and a good friend, Take care and god bless you both.
    John and Kimberly Common