Nov. 27, 1934 – March 3, 2016
A memorial service was March 10 in Las Vegas and a private memorial service will be later this summer in Denver for Jeanne Marie (Kraft) Barnett, who died March 3, 2016.
Jeanne Barnett was born Nov. 27, 1934, in Lincoln, Neb. She was the second child born to Jacob Kraft and Lydia (née Becker) Kraft.
When Jeanne was in the fifth grade, the family moved to Greybull, when her dad took a job with the railroad. She graduated from Greybull High School in 1952. She married Harry Barnett on June 12, 1955. In March 1956, their first daughter Jama was born. Wendi followed in February 1957 and Stacey in March 1963. Harry and Jeanne later divorced.
In 1975, Jeanne and Stacey moved to Laramie when Jeanne became employed by the University of Wyoming in AV department, then went to Coe Library and later the athletic department.
While working at the university, she graduated with a Bachelor of Arts degree. In 1985, she moved to Aurora, Colo. She was employed by Eagle Claw and J.C. Penney. In 2001, she moved to Las Vegas and was employed by J.C. Penney.
Jeanne died March 3, 2016, at Desert Springs Hospital in Las Vegas from complications of surgery. She passed surrounded by her devoted family. At the time of her death, she was the president of her HOA. Jeanne loved to travel, the Denver Broncos, go fishing with her daughters and grandchildren and spending time with her grandchildren. They would often invite their “granny” to go out with them. She also enjoyed sewing, knitting and cross stitch.
Jeanne was preceded in death by her parents; sister Marylyn Kraft; brother Edward; and grandson Wesley Palmer.
She is survived by her daughters, Jama (Steve) Palmer of Laramie, Wendi Garner of Aurora, Colo., and Stacey (John) Wasserburger, of Las Vegas; grandchildren, Aimee (Jon) Beatty, of Ft. Riley, Kan., and their children, Isaac, Benjamin, Nathaniel and Grace, Bryan and Sean Garner, of Aurora, Ashley Bennett and Marlon Williams, Ross (Silvia) Bennett, Jeremy Wasserburger and Erika Coyu, all of Las Vegas; great-granddaughter Naomi Palmer, of Kalama, Wash.; and friend and former son-in-law Mike Garner, of Sedalia, Colo. She also leaves behind her three kitties.
Jeanne’s ashes will be placed next to those of her sister in Horan McConaty Cremation Garden.
Contributions can be made to ASPCA or WWF in Jeanne’s name.