Annie W. Barnes, 90, teacher, world traveler

September 04, 2005

Annie W. Barnes, a longtime Baltimore County elementary school teacher, died Aug. 29 of natural causes at Blakehurst Assisted Living in Towson. She was 90 and had lived in Catonsville.

Annie Wood was born in Welch, W.Va. She held a degree in elementary education from Marshall University. She married Theodore Barnes, a soldier, after they were introduced at Virginia Beach, Va. He died in 1989.

The Barneses settled in Baltimore County, where Mrs. Barnes taught fourth grade at Lansdowne Elementary School and Riverview Elementary School. She worked at Riverview for 30 years.

Rebecca Robey, Mrs. Barnes' daughter, said her mother always taught fourth grade because the children were old enough to be interested in learning but not so old that they gave her a hard time.

"I think they were not old enough to sass, to give her lip, but old enough that she wasn't teaching basics," said Mrs. Robey of Huntington, N.Y.

Mrs. Barnes, who was known to friends as Sally, was an active member of the Catonsville Presbyterian Church, where she led a Bible study group for women. She was also an avid reader and bridge player.

After their children were grown, the Barneses traveled extensively, to places such as Australia, Alaska and Europe. Venice was a favorite destination.

"She loved the gondolas," Mrs. Robey said.

A memorial service will be held Sept. 24 at the Catonsville Presbyterian Church, 1400 Frederick Road.

In addition to her daughter, she is survived by four grandchildren.

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