Virginia Barnett

October 21, 1944 ‒ May 15, 2020

Marion, Ohio

Virginia Barnett, 75, better known to her friends as Ginny, died May 15, 2020 at her home in Marion, Ohio. Born Virginia Lee Spencer on October 21, 1944 in Crossville, IL to Vernon and Hazel Spencer, she graduated from Crossville High School in 1962 as a member of the Beta Club.

She married Terry Barnett of Grayville, IL on November 10, 1963 and welcomed two children Ron and Sheri. The young family moved to Ohio in 1967. Ginny, a homemaker, attended Wesley United Methodist Church in Marion, where she served in the women’s group, taught Sunday School, as well as helped in the Vacation Bible School. In 1976, she and her family moved to Norwalk, OH. During her time in Norwalk, she worked as a bookkeeper at Crider’s Jewelers and Bennett Electric as well with Homeowner’s Repair Service, an HVAC business she and her husband started. She was also an active member of Norwalk Foursquare Gospel Church. She and her family moved back to Marion in 1987. In Marion she attended Abundant Life Assembly of God and was proud to be the congregation’s first female board member.  She also active in the women’s group and was a leader in the Stars program.  Ginny worked in the cash office, Accessories and Shoe department at Elder Beerman until her retirement in 2014.

She is survived by her son Ron Barnett of Daytona Beach, FL, her daughter Sheri Barnett of Marion, OH, her three grandchildren, Tess Barnett, Blake Woodson and Clayton Barnett as well as 2 great-grandchildren.

She is preceded in death by her husband Terry who passed away in 1996 from cancer and her brother Raymond Spencer of Crossville, IL who passed in 2014.

The Barnett family wishes to express their gratitude to Joyce’s Angels and Ohio Health Hospice for their loving and compassionate care of Ginny and her family over the last two years. If so desired, donations may be made to Joyce’s Angels or Ohio Health Hospice.

Calling hours will be Monday, May 18, 2020 at Snyder Funeral Homes, DENZER Chapel, 360 East Center St., Marion from 4PM to 6PM; Visitation and funeral service will be Wednesday, May 20, 2020 at Cook Funeral Chapel, 108 Main St., Crossville, IL 62827 from 12PM to 2PM; She will be laid to rest next to her husband at Union Presbyterian Cemetery.

The Snyder Funeral Homes of Marion are honored to be serving the Barnett family; Condolences may be expressed to the family by visiting




  • Dear Sheri and Ron, I want to offer my deepest sympathy to you in the passing of your Mother, Ginny Lee. I am Wayne Willis of Lynchburg, VA. Ginny Lee and I were first cousins, we were close in age and had stayed in touch over the years. She and I had a good visit when we both traveled to attend Ruth Ann and Gale’s 50th wedding anniversary celebration in Crossville. I was saddened to learn from Ruth Ann that Ginny Lee’s health had worsened over the last year. She was such a lovely lady of class. I know you will miss her, but I know you will be comforted by your many precious memories. I will certainly remember you both in my thoughts and prayers in the coming days. Sincerely, Wayne and Carol Willis

  • Sheri and Tess, I am so sad to hear about Gin. She was one of my dearest friends, and I treasured her. Time and busyness pulled us apart physically, but she has remained close to my heart. I could always count on her during any upheavals in my life. We shared a deep love of books and could talk forever about them. I so often stopped to visit her on my way to church where we shared many hours of coffee and conversation. She was the best kind of friend. One who loved you unconditionally but held you accountable. I know that the last few years have been hard. In the midst of the pain, there is the knowledge that she is indeed with Jesus and your dad along with all those we lost at Abundant Life. Her hard times are in the past and long awaited joy fills her days now. My prayers are with you and all your family. I will always miss her.