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Regina Bernice Barnes

July 28, 1945 — May 30, 2024


Regina Bernice Barnes, known affectionately as "Genie", passed away on May 30, 2024 in Kearney, NE. She was born on July 28, 1945, in her hometown of Wahoo, Nebraska to Elbert Palmer and Mahala Palmer (Kuhn).
Growing up in Wahoo, NE was where she spent her childhood years before moving to Hickman, NE to begin her adult life. She had four beautiful children with her first spouse, Charles Eaton. Later, she married the love of her life, Charles “Keith” Barnes. Their devotion to each other was apparent to all. When they would gaze into one another’s eyes, their love was palpable. After meeting, they settled in Imperial, NE. Before her chronic health decline, she cherished the time spent dancing with her true love, Keith.  Genie then led a fulfilling life raising her children and always being available to lend an ear and piece of advice to anyone, family or friend, who knocked on the door.   Along with this, she worked as waitress and eventually she went to college to complete her AA in Business. Genie also found happiness in gardening, crocheting and sewing. Many unforgettable family times often included playing games and cards. She will forever be known as the Farkle champion!!  

Genie is survived by her sisters; Priscilla McGee and Cynthia Overby, her children; Melissa Foster (Brian), Nicole Eaton, Eric Eaton (Kristy Godsey), and Nancy Shearey (Chad); along with a legacy of 28 grandchildren, 37 great-grandchildren, and 5 great-great-grandchildren who will continue to honor her memory.
She is preceded in death by her father Elbert Palmer, mother Mahala Palmer (Kuhn), first husband Charles Eaton, husband Charles Keith Barnes, brother Augustus Palmer, and her niece Stacey Elsasser.

Genie touched the lives of many who she knew with her kindness, humor and selflessness.  She will be missed by all who had the privilege of knowing her. To all of her family, she will always be known as everybody’s favorite (aunt, cousin, niece, sister etc.).  
Visitation will be held on Tuesday, June 4 from 4:00 - 6:00 P.M. (MT) at Liewer Funeral Home in Imperial.  A Funeral Service will be held Wednesday June 5, 2024 at 1:00 P.M. (MT) at the Imperial Methodist Church in Imperial, NE with Reverend Brian Loy officiating. Interment to follow at the Blanche Cemetery.  

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Tuesday, June 4, 2024

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Wednesday, June 5, 2024

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