Betty Ann (Bennett) Barnes, 75, of 44 Babcock Street, went to be with the Lord peacefully surrounded by her family on April 20th, 2018 at the Philip Hulitar Center in Providence. She was born in Beaufort, SC to the late Benjamin Lee Jones and Mary Elizabeth Hamilton. She was a graduate of Hope High School class of 1961; she was an avid softball player.
She formally worked at Martin Luther King Jr School for many years before successfully graduating from Community College of Rhode Island’s Nursing Program in 1979. From there, she went on to work for the state of Rhode Island and several nursing homes throughout where she was a dedicated and very loving nurse who had a great passion for taking care of the elderly.
In her spare time Betty, "Betty-ann", "Betty-Boop", "Nana Boo", "Grumpy" or "Petunia", as she was called by her family and friends, enjoyed cooking (her famous sticky chicken wings,) bowling, playing cards and of course winning big at the casinos... but most of all she loved being with her family. She is survived by her loving daughters; Janice (Barnes) Vierra, Roxane (Roxie) Barnes and her daughter in law; Pamela Hughes all of Providence. She also leaves sisters; Geraldine “Jacki” Jackson and Carol L. Barber of Providence, Pricilla Jones Hines of Fairburn, GA and Mary Jones Bobian of Hilton Head, SC. As well as brothers; Henry and Thomas Jones of Hilton Head, SC.
She also leaves two grandsons; Aaron N. Vierra of Providence and Andre (wife Shonda) Vierra, of Lawrenceville, GA. She leaves granddaughters; Charisse Hughes Barnes, Janelle (husband John) Marshall, Jenise Elizabeth Jones, Destiny Hughes Barnes all of Providence and Amber (Johnathan) Lewis of Laurel, MD, . She leaves her two great granddaughters; Leyonna and Lia Vierra. She also leaves to mourn a huge host of nieces and nephews and close friends whom she will greatly be missed by. She was preceded in death her son Bryant “Bill” Barnes, granddaughter Alycia Marie Vierra, her sister Mary Freguson, as well as two brothers Abraham “Abe” Jackson and David Jones Sr.