Nina Mae Barnes

November 28, 1931 ‒ December 12, 2019

Lexington, Ohio

Nina Mae Barnes, age 88, unexpectedly passed away December 12, 2019, at OhioHealth Mansfield Hospital and she is now reunited with her husband Samuel to spend their first Christmas together in Heaven.

She was born November 28, 1931, in Ivydale, WV to Homer & Stella (Legg) Fitzwater. After church one Sunday, a handsome young man named Samuel Barnes asked to walk her home and they fell in love and married on October 9, 1948. Family was everything to her. Nina delighted greatly in family gatherings and her eyes would twinkle when family members came through the door.

Over the years, she maintained a strong, yet quiet Christian faith. Nina was a lifelong member of First Alliance Church in Mansfield and volunteered for VBS programs and childcare. She went through “Evangelism Explosion” training and learned how to declare God’s ‘Plan of Salvation’ for everyone.

She loved that all of her children became vocalists and musicians. Hymns and songs of faith gave her strength and comfort throughout her life. In younger years, she enjoyed sewing, crocheting, and scrapbooking. Nina was a patient, kind, and reserved woman who gave sage advice. She will be deeply missed.

She is survived by children (& spouses) Sandra (Lanny) O’Hail of Ashland; Gary (Loretta) Barnes of Huntington, WV, Kimberly (Roc) Marietta of Ontario, Jeffrey (Tamira) Barnes of Palm Beach Gardens, FL, and Christy Barnes of Mansfield; grandchildren Shawn O’Hail, Ryan (Danyel) O’Hail, Michael Barnes, Luke (Katie) Marietta, Brittany (Brian) Souder, Brooke (Jonathan) Gangi, Brianna (Dylan) Nourse, Blake Barnes, Samuel Gage Hart, and Eden Stocks; great-grandchildren Jillian, Miles, Marco, Beckett, Laciana, Lina, Ciara, Jackson, and Alessia; brothers James (Jeanette) Fitzwater of TN and Versal (Sharon) Fitzwater of NC; along with numerous nieces and nephews who held a special place in her heart.

Nina was preceded in death by her parents; husband Samuel Barnes in 2004; sister and best friend Elsie Friend; brothers Charles, Byron, and Curtis Fitzwater; great-grandson Amato; and niece Barbara Lacy.

Her family will receive friends 4-7 pm Thursday, December 19, 2019, in the Lexington Avenue Snyder Funeral Home where a celebration of her life will be held 11 am Friday officiated by Pastor Dave Vance. Burial will follow in Mansfield Memorial Park. Contributions to the Great Commission Fund (at Mansfield Alliance Church) may be brought or sent to the funeral home.

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  • I was very sorry to read this , This morning. You all are in my heart 10 prayers. Crying comfort and peace on this road ahead.

    Love to all of you

  • Blessings to Nina family.What Dear Sweet Mom,remembering her from years ago.Rejoice as she joined Jesus that she lives on in you and grandchildren.Love in Christ.Nancy

  • Nina was a very sweet woman to me I remember her and her family were one of the first families I was introduced to after being adopted. She was always so patient and kind. I was so happy to reconnect with her on Facebook after my mom had passed away. She had a way of uplifting me on my down days. She will truly be missed.

  • May the Lord bring comfort as you remember the promise of eternal life given to us by our Risen Lord.

  • Nina was a special cousin & friend and we chatted by phone on occasion. She was always fun to visit with. My heart and prayers go out to all her family and I know the holidays will be lonely without her but she is free of pain now and is enjoying a great reunion with Sam and sitting at the feet of Jesus.

  • Bruce and I are praying for you all during this time. May you find comfort in your wonderful memories and the knowledge that Nina is at the feet of Jesus now. She was a wonderful lady and we join you all in celebrating her life. Bruce and Ellen Souder