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Donita LaVae Barnes

Monday, August 22, 2011

Donita LaVae Barnes, 76, of Peterson, passed away Thursday evening, Aug. 18, 2011 at Cherokee Regional Medical Center.

Funeral services were held today at 11 a.m. at the Sutherland Church of Christ. Pastor John Erickson and Mike Cooper officiated. There was a family prayer service at 10:45 a.m. at the church this morning, and burial will be in Oak Hill Cemetery in Cherokee.

Visitation was held on Sunday, Aug. 21 at Boothby Funeral Home in Cherokee, starting at 1 p.m. until 8 p.m., with the family present from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. Online condolences may be left at www.boothbyfuneral.com.

The family requests memorials be made to the Sutherland Church of Christ or Cherokee Hospice.

Donita was born on July 8, 1935 at Cherokee to Delmar and Daisy (Deibner) Ducommun. She graduated from Larrabee High School in 1953, and then attended Business College in Sioux City for a year. She was united in marriage to Bob Barnes on Feb. 2, 1958 at Sutherland. Her home was on the family farm, which was located in Spring Township, and she was a life-long resident of Cherokee County. Donita worked for the family rodeo and farm operation and the Cherokee County Extension Office for a number of years. She was a member of the Sutherland Church of Christ. Donita was an honorary member of HANDS and a lifetime member of the PRCA. In 2010, she received the Tad Lucas Memorial Award, presented to women exhibiting spirit, courage and compassion while upholding rodeo's great western heritage. She was actively involved in every aspect of the rodeo, farm and family.

She was preceded in death by her parents; an infant sister, Darlene; and a brother- in- law, Kenneth Barnes.

Donita is survived by her loving husband, Bob Barnes, of Peterson; three children: Mitzi Johnson and her husband Michael of Litchfield, Minn.; Marty Barnes and his wife Kendall of Peterson; John Barnes and his wife Cindy of Sutherland; 10 grandchildren: Zac, Bryce and Chad Johnson; Westin Barnes and his fiancÚ Katelyn Martin, Shayla, Micah, Mary and Mason Barnes; Megan (Chad) Berger, and Colton Barnes; and one brother, Dennis Ducommun and his wife Bonnie of Cherokee.