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Irene Nunley, 68
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Born the youngest of three in Wichita, Kan., on Dec. 31, 1942 to Alice and Wayne Sigler, Irene Sigler Barnes Nunley spent her life globetrotting, collecting and sewing. Ms. Nunley died Saturday, June 4 after a short illness.
Her marriage to Gary Barnes took her to many great reaches of the world, traveling to and living in exotic destinations that included Biloxi, Miss., Amsterdam, Paris, France, Luxemburg, Los Angeles, California and eventually McMinnville. It was in McMinnville, Ms. Nunley raised their three children: Wendy Barnes, Kenny Barnes and Gina Barnes Hopkins.
After raising her children Ms. Nunley moved to Waycross, Ga., to join her adoring sister, Darlene Arnold. The two were often joined by Mrs. Arnold’s twin sister, Arlene Anderson, and traveled to Las Vegas, Costa Rica, the Caribbean and their beloved Fernandina Beach.
She is survived by her two sisters; Darlene Arnold of Waycross, Ga., Arlene Anderson of Las Vegas, Nev., her three children; Wendy Barnes of Seattle, Wash., Kenny Barnes of Fredericksburg, Va., and Gina Barnes Hopkins of Atlanta, Ga. She is also survived by her six grandchildren; Madison Barnes, Linton Hopkins, Kenny Barnes, Avery Hopkins, McKenzie Barnes and Elysia Barnes.
Ms. Nunley was loved and supported by many but special care was given to her by her extended family in Waycross, Ga. She enjoyed the company and care of sister and brother in-law Darlene and Lorin Arnold, their children Dana Robbins and Duane Arnold, his sister Clarisse Myles and her loving great nieces Krystyn and Kaitlyn Horlock.
A memorial will be held later this summer in Rock Island. She will be buried with her parents at Armstrong Cemetery. In lieu of flowers, the family is requesting donations to the American Heart Association to support women’s heart health. Sympathy can be expressed by signing the online registry at
Music Funeral Home of Waycross, Ga., is in charge of arrangements.
Southern Standard
(McMinnville, Tenn.) June 8, 2011