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Darlene Barnes, Secretary

After her husband’s death in 1971, Darlene moved to Joplin from Chelsea, OK, with her two young daughters to attend Ozark Bible College. She intended to work with young people after graduation. Paul Butler, Dean of Admissions, told her, “In my opinion, there is no better place to do that than right here at Ozark.” So in January 1972, she began an almost 17-year working relationship there in various positions. 

In 1979, Darlene married Gene Barnes, a sweet Christian man she’d met at Park Plaza Christian Church. Later they moved to Willow Springs, MO, to be house parents. When they returned to Joplin, she worked for UMB Bank, Superior, Inc. Home Health Care, and Freeman Health Systems. Gene and Darlene are members of College Heights Christian Church. She leads a ladies Bible study and they help with communion and offering. 

Darlene likes Bible study, decorating, reading, music, laughing, and visiting with family and friends. She has two daughters, four grandchildren, and seven great-grandchildren.

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