Kathleen (Kathy) Barney passed away peacefully on April 4, 2022. She was born in Richfield, Utah on March 14, 1935 to Myrtle and Vance Jensen. She was one of nine children. She graduated from Richfield High School where she ran track and field and held many beauty pageant titles. She married the love of her life Blaine L. Barney in the Manti Temple on October 14, 1953. Together, they had 4 children: Kevin, Paul, Diane and Daniel. Kathleen supported her husband throughout his extensive career with the airlines and was also an active member of the Utah Jaycees in Cedar City, UT. They enjoyed traveling and attending banquets and events with the airlines. She taught Scouts together with Blaine for many years.
When Kathleen’s children were young, the phrase “stay-at-home-mom” didn’t exist. It was usual for women to stay home with the children while their husbands worked. But even by the standards of the era, Kathleen was an exceptional wife and mother and grandmother. Kathleen never had a public job after having children, but she could outwork just about anyone. She had a work ethic that wouldn’t let her sit down and do nothing-unless the grandchildren or great-grandchildren were around. Kathleen loved spending time in the kitchen, creating delicious homemade meals and desserts for her family. She was an amazing cook. She baked cakes for birthdays and anniversaries. She canned food. She was a superb gardener and could grow just about anything. She always took pride in her yard. You could always find her outside pulling weeds and tending to her flowers all the way up until the age of 85, when she sold her home in Bountiful, UT. She had an amazing talent for writing and had beautiful cursive handwriting. She was very creative and witty. She was in charge of family and church newsletters for many years. She enjoyed taking care of her family and always provided a warm, cozy home for anyone that needed a soft landing. She helped care for grandchildren and great-grandchildren and always made time for them that was one of the greatest gifts she could give her family and she did so willingly. She would stop cooking or cleaning to play or just sit and visit over a cup of coffee. When you were with her, you never felt rushed, you were always made to feel as if she had been waiting to see just you all day. She always had a “saying” for every situation or a newspaper clipping of a Dear Abby article that always related to something someone in the family was going through. She had a remedy for any ailment or cleaning hack for any stain or stubborn spot. She enjoyed camping, fishing and hunting and created special memories that will be remembered forever by her family. Kathleen will be remembered as a beautiful, talented and resilient wife, mother, grandmother and great-grandmother who always greeted everyone with her pretty dimpled smile.
She is survived by her son: Kevin (Ellen), daughter Diane Barney, son Daniel; sister Madeline Codella (Peter); 17 grandchildren and 13 great-grandchildren. She was preceded in death by husband Blaine L. Barney, son Paul Barney, parents, and 7 siblings.
Funeral services will be held at 2:00 pm Saturday, April 9, 2022 at Lindquist’s Bountiful Mortuary, 727 N. 400 E. where friends may visit family from 12:30-1:30 pm prior to services. Interment Bountiful City Cemetery.