Elvira Marie Barnes

Elvira Marie Barnes


January 21,1952 – October 19,2016

Reflection of Life

On Wednesday, October 19, 2016, Elvira Marie Barnes peacefully transitioned into eternal life at Genesis Health Care in La Plata, Maryland.

Elvira was born on January 21, 1952, to Floyd Barnes (deceased) & Margie Barnes. Her nicknames were “Girl Rudolph” or “Ms. Barnes”.

Elvira graduated from Lackey High School in 1970. She received her Bachelor of Science Degree in Elementary Education from the University of Maryland Eastern Shore in 1974 and her Master’s Degree in Counseling from Bowie State University in 1976. She taught for fifteen years and worked as a Guidance Counselor for sixteen years in the Charles County Public School System, she retired in November 2004.

She loved to watch Let’s Make A Deal, Price is Right, Wheel of Fortune and Lifetime Movies. She had a special place in her heart for her brother Floyd Jr. (Buck). She cared for him until she became ill. Her favorite song was “I Won’t Complain”.

She was a lifetime member of Zion Baptist Church. Elvira loved organizing the church youth programs and mentoring youth. She enjoyed a variety of activities including shopping and family gatherings at her niece Shuntaye’s home, where there was always good food and good fellowship.

Throughout her years, she always provided support and services throughout the community. She organized the Thanksgiving Dinner and Career Day at Mt Hope/Nanjemoy Elementary School thirty years ago. She has been involved and a member of the following organizations: Alpha Kappa Alpha (AKA) Sorority Inc. and Charles County Democratic Central Committee and received a lifetime achievement award in the spring of this year

Elvira leaves to cherish her loving memories, her mother Margie Barnes, siblings, Floyd Jr., Jerome (Frances), Sharon (Haywood) Jackson, Dewayne (deceased), Sheila Smith, Michele (Frederick) King, Juan, Garry (Phyllis) and Sherone (James); two aunts Juanita Keys and Mattie Barnes, great aunt Marion Barbour and one uncle Hugh Watson. Devoted friends, Fabian & Theresa Carroll, Wanda (Wilford) Lawson and Lewellyn (Sally) Burroughs; special friends, Wilhelmina Cornish, Gloria Barnes-Riley, Francis Savoy, Joan Chapman, Denise Chapman Barnes, Annette Coates, Gloria Savoy, Tara Fenwick, Diane Wheeler, Leroy Hilliman and Nat`e Thomas. She also leaves to cherish a host of nieces, nephews, relatives, and friends.

“The Lord is my light and my salvation; whom shall I fear?
The Lord is the strength of my life; of whom shall I be afraid?”
Psalms 27 verse 1

  • Melon Spriggs
    Posted at 20:52h, 24 October Reply

    Dear Family, May the love and mercy of our Father above sustain you in the transition of Elvira. She will be missed.

  • Valerie Swann
    Posted at 22:26h, 24 October Reply

    Rest in Peace Dear Loved One.We Love You <3

  • Ruth Gilroy
    Posted at 00:15h, 25 October Reply

    She a very sweet,loving,and kind person.She was a wonderful asset to her community,her church,and to Mt.Hope-Nanjemoy Elementary School.I had the privilege of knowing her over 40 some odd years.She will be missed.

  • Jackie Sole
    Posted at 03:58h, 25 October Reply

    Miss Barnes was a wonderful woman! She was my sons 3rd grade teacher 30 years ago and she never forgot who we were. We would run into her from time to time and she would always have a hug and share a memory. We thought the world of her. R.I.P. dear lady. Those who knew you, will never forget you!

  • Lewis Powell
    Posted at 10:52h, 25 October Reply

    She was a sweet and kind person whenever I encountered her. My thoughts and prayers are with the family. My she Rest In Peace

  • Diane Matthews
    Posted at 11:57h, 25 October Reply

    Just hearing about this, sending my deepest condolences to the family of Elvira.

  • Cynthia Bowen Petty
    Posted at 13:13h, 25 October Reply

    I have fond memories of Elvira from High School. I still
    remember how sweet she was. So sad to hear she is gone.R.I.P.

  • Dominique
    Posted at 14:04h, 25 October Reply

    I Love you Aunt Elvira! I Miss you

  • Jackson family
    Posted at 17:51h, 25 October Reply

    My prayers and thoughts are with the family ,May God bless you all.

  • Tracy Jackson
    Posted at 18:12h, 25 October Reply

    My prayers and thoughts are with the family,May Elvira rest in peace?

  • April Watson
    Posted at 18:46h, 25 October Reply

    Miss Barnes was my teacher in 3rd grade 30 years ago at Mt.Hope Nanjemoy, what a great person she was, her. SMILE …lit the classroom up,her LOVE for Children was everything..RIP…u truly will be missed ❤

    • Patsy bowie
      Posted at 16:26h, 29 October Reply

      Yes she was a great person with a beautiful heart and soul she was a great big part of my life im still in shock

  • Adelaide Gaines Proctor
    Posted at 19:06h, 25 October Reply

    R.I.P. Elvira. You will surely be missed. My sympathy to the Barnes family.

  • Kim (Estep) Sheckells
    Posted at 01:11h, 26 October Reply

    Ms. Barnes was my teacher at Mt. Hope 30 years ago. She is the reason I am a teacher today! She was such an inspiration ♡ Over the years we would cross paths, she would great me with a big hug, and she still knew who I was. Deepest sympathy to her family. She will truly be missed.

  • Bettie Cochran
    Posted at 01:30h, 26 October Reply

    I extends my deepest heartfelt sympathy to the family. Elvira was a giving prson. She gave her share with little to spare and how greatly her award is in heaven(HSRice).

  • Bettie Cochran
    Posted at 01:36h, 26 October Reply


  • Marie
    Posted at 09:35h, 26 October Reply

    Ms. Barnes was favorite Teacher and helped me come out of my shell as a child. She was a Teacher that Teachers today should strive to be like.

    Ms. Barnes your love and caring ways lives on. May you rest in eternal peace. You will be missed.

  • Linda Gregory (Deakins)
    Posted at 13:16h, 26 October Reply

    Ms. Barnes was an awesome teacher and person. I didn’t have her as mine 🙁 , but she loved all the students as her own that passed thru the halls at Mt Hope Elementary. Her laugh and smile was contagious.
    RIP..Ms.Barnes..you will always be remembered. Condolences to the family.

    So heartbreaking to hear we lost a great lady…

  • Shanika Hancock & Family
    Posted at 16:56h, 26 October Reply

    Rest In Peace Ms. Elvira. You were a wonderful person, always looking out for other people. I often expressed my thanks to you for picking my boys, Keiron and Keisean up every Sunday for church and getting them involved in church. They loved you, I love you and you will be deeply missed. You taught me and a lot of people many things. Rest easy.

  • Ellis Family
    Posted at 20:31h, 26 October Reply

    Ms. Barnes was a very kind and inclusive woman. She will be missed. May she rest in the Lord until we see her again.

  • Dorothy Jefferson
    Posted at 01:25h, 29 October Reply

    To The family of Ms. Elvira Barnes. I was so sorry to hear about your loss. She and I worked together for several years at Mt. Hope Nanjemoy Elementary School. She was very kind and friendly to me and make me feel welcome when I moved here from Texas. May God bless you and give you the strength you need. She will truly be missed.

  • Sabrina Mason
    Posted at 11:50h, 29 October Reply

    Can not say enough about what Ms. Elvira has done. She will truely be missed. He heart was always open for those in need. May she rest eternally in heaven.

  • Linda C Davis
    Posted at 14:45h, 29 October Reply

    Ms. Elvira was a great inspiration to me. She gave me to confidence. Will miss you.

  • Barbara Washington Smalling
    Posted at 16:19h, 29 October Reply

    Today is the hour of Elvira’s home-going service, and I have just learned of her passing. I offer my sincerest condolences to her family during this time. Elvira and I were friends at UMES (then, Maryland State College). She was humorous and kind. Through the years, we lost contact with each other. As I read her obituary, I was not surprised that she had dedicated her life to serving God by helping others and being of service to her community. To God be the glory for her life and her legacy of love.

  • David Trudnak
    Posted at 14:52h, 30 October Reply

    Elvira was always a friend to me and all others she met. Never heard an unkind word from her. She always had a smile and an encouraging word for everyone.

  • Grace Bowie Schofield
    Posted at 05:36h, 31 October Reply

    I just learned of the heartbreaking news that Elvira had passed. I can’t express in words how I am feeling right now. She was such a kind and loving person, especially to my late brother, Greg, who passed away in April of 1991. Elvira had just got a corvette and stopped by to visit with Greg and ask him if he would like to take a ride and he could drive her new pretty corvette. Well, to my brother, that was a real pleasure and utmost respect for her. So, they took their little cruise around Welcome. She was such a great inspiration to Greg and he truly thought the world of her. This led our family to ask Elvira if she would please be able to do his eulogy. Being a bit apprehensive about how she could hold up, she agreed to it and did an exceptionally heart warming speech. We love her for this and send our deepest heart felt sympathy to her friends and family!!!
    Grace Bowie Schofield and Family., May you R. I. P. Our Dear Friend

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