Sharon Rae Barnes

Sharon Rae BarnesSharon Rae Barnes, 65, died Sunday, Jan. 28, at her home in Crookston, Minnesota, from Graves’ disease and cancer, her husband Frank by her side.
  Sharon Rae Johnson was born on Oct. 6, 1941, to Agnes (Rolandson) and Melvin (Slim) Johnson.  She was raised on the family farm just south of Oklee, Minn. Sharon was baptized and confirmed at Zion Lutheran Church.  She graduated as the salutatorian of the Oklee High School Class of1959.  
  Sharon’s artistic nature and interest in fashion led her to pursue a career in cosmetology.    She enjoyed a twenty-year career as a beautician, working at the Pondera Beauty Salon in Conrad from 1969 to 1973.   Sharon, however, considered her primary vocation to be that of homemaker.
  Sharon Johnson married Ronald Remick, also from the Oklee area, on June 30, 1960.  They had two sons, Leigh and Jeff.  The Remick family lived in several the Montana communities, including Townsend (1964-69), Conrad (1969-73), Rudyard (1973-77), Big Sandy (1977-82) and Havre (1982-84).  While in Conrad, Ron worked as a butcher/grocery store manager at Reiner’s Finer Foods and later for Pondera Bank of Montana.  Leigh and Jeff both attended school in Conrad, Rudyard and later graduated from Big Sandy.  Sharon and Ron divorced in1984.
  Sharon married Frank Barnes on Nov. 21, 1986.  Frank’s three children –Katie, Tony and Steve-- became her own.  She helped Frank raise Katie, who graduated from Havre High School in 1988.  The Barnes family made their home on Heritage Drive in Havre until 1993, when Frank retired from his position as the J.C. Penney store manager.    They built a home on Maple Lake, Minn., near her beloved aunt and uncle, Mabel and Wm. (Bill) Seeger.   In 1999, Sharon and Frank moved to Crookston, Minn., just down the street from her son Jeff, his wife Ingrid and their three children.
  While living in Crookston, Sharon became a member of St. Paul’s Lutheran Church and an active participant in the church choir, Joanna-Naomi Circle and WELCA.  She served as a board member of the Crookston Civic Music League and Artist Series.  She greatly enjoyed her friends in Agassiz Study Club.  Sharon and Frank invested their retirement years together, immersed in Crookston community and school events; they especially loved Pirate athletics.
  Throughout her life, Sharon was a committed member of the Lutheran church and active in several congregations, including Pondera Valley Lutheran Church in Conrad.   Her strong will, resolve and energy as a volunteer served to benefit each community in which she lived.  
  Her greatest joy was her family.  She was simply a loving wife, mother, mother-in-law and grandmother.  Her father died when she was just 14 years old; Sharon was a devoted daughter, caring for her mother for the next thirty years.  Grandma Agnes lived with her in Conrad, Rudyard, Big Sandy and Havre.   
  Sharon is survived by her husband, Frank Barnes of Crookston; son, Leigh (Jamie Armstrong) Remick of Louisville, Ky.; son, Jeff (Ingrid) Remick of Crookston; daughter, Katie (Kenneth) Hoffman of Tampa, Fla.; son, Tony (Melissa) of Kent, Wash.; son, Steve (Teri) of Rupert, Idaho; grandchildren: Ryan, Kristin and Aaron Remick; Michael, Matthew and Mark Hoffman; Jessica and Jennifer Barnes;  Kolter and Landon Barnes; and many other relatives and friends.
  She was preceded in death by father Melvin Johnson (1956) and mother Agnes Johnson (1989).
  Funeral services were held at 10 a.m. on Feb. 5, at St. Paul’s Lutheran Church in Crookston, with the Rev. William Reck officiating.  Burial followed at 2 p.m. at Zion Lutheran Cemetery, north of Oklee.  
  Visitation was held from 2 to 4 p.m. on Feb. 4, at St. Paul’s Lutheran Church.   A 4 p.m. prayer service was held.  Visitation was also held one hour prior to the Monday church service.