BARNWELL, JOAN R. STOCK Passed away peacefully at her home, surrounded by her family on October 1, 2008. Joan's beloved husband of nearly 61 years, Barney, precede her in 2005. She made her home in El Segundo for the past 42 years. Joan was born on July 16, 1923 in Denver, Colorado. She studied journalism at the University of Denver and enjoyed a short stint as a writer before meeting the young Second Lieutenant Marion P. 'Barney' Barnwell in January, 1945. They married on May 1st of that year and their loved affair never ended. She is survived by 10 of her 11 children; Betty Holstead, Rosemary Tremblay, Jay Barnwell and his wife Nancy, Bob Barnwell and his wife Susan, Joni Atkins and her husband Bob, Mary Lu Stenson and her husband Mark, Paul Barnwell, Brian Barnwell (RIP, 1979), Greg Barnwell and his wife Lynn, Gene Barnwell and his wife Georgi, and David Barnwell and his wife Cindy. She is also survived by 17 grandchildren and 11 great grandchildren. Besides her devotion to her husband and children, her life's work in the Catholic church was the establishment of Eucharistic Home Shrines (EHS). EHS was consecrated in October, 1958 and now has over 3000 home shrines on all seven continents. Thanks for loving us and praying for us, Mom. You will be deeply missed as Mom, grandma, and great-grandma. You will always be in our hearts and may you rest in peace in God's loving arms. The family requests that donations be made to Eucharistic Home Shrines at

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  1. Dear Barnwell family, I wanted to extend my sympathy to all of you. It was my pleasure to deliver meals to your Mother for many years. Despite her physical problems, she always greeted me with a beautiful smile and a kind word. She was fortunate to have such a large loving family and a deep faith. I will miss her.

  2. My husband, Ed, and I met Joan and Barney when we first came to Aurora in 1953. We were good friends and have missed them since they moved to California and Barney passed away in 2005. Ed passed away in 2007. I shall miss my dear friend, Joan, with whom I’ve cards and letters at Christmas all these years.

  3. Hello to all the Barnwells, I’m sorry to hear of your mother’s death. I’m sure it was very special to your Mom to have all of you there when she died. I hope she didn’t have to suffer long. It’s been so long since I’ve seen all of you but my brother Scott likes to keep me updated when he hears some news of all of you. Bobby, I really laugh when I think of all the times your Dad summoned you in his BOOMING voice from the family porch and we knew you were in BIG trouble!!! I’m the only McCarty far away from home and I’m currently trying to figure out how I can return to Colo. without spending my life savings on a home? I love the town we live in but the weather here stinks (300 days of gloomy a year)and my heart is in the mountains, not to mention the rest of the family. I imagine within the next 10 years we’ll be going through the same thing with our Mom that you’re going through now. Mom is doing OK. I hope that you will all rely on each other for comfort and support in the years ahead. I always liked your Mom. She seemed like such a gentle lady. I’m sure you’ll miss her terribly. My thoughts and prayers go out to all of you. I would love to hear from some of older kids!!! Take care, Ann McCarty Carey


  5. I would like to take this time to tell all the Barnwell’s how sorry we are for your loss. Your Mon was a tremendous women who set a great example for many. She’s in a better place now

  6. dear Gene and family, I was saddened to read of your Moms’ passing, even not having met; I just as you suffered the loss in 2001. They both blessed us with their company until their mid eighties. Time passes and the void is seemingly never filled but the memories buffer the loss for me and hope for you as well, stav

  7. I am sorry to hear of Joan Barnwells passing. I never had the honor to meet her but I knew Rosemary in Denver and, since the apple doesn’t fall too far from the tree, Mrs Barnwell must have been a woman on whom too many accolades cannot have been bestowed. My condolences.

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