Dionne Barnett

Nov 27, 2017

Somerville — Dionne “Dumpy” Barnett, 60, passed away peacefully surrounded by family and friends Nov. 25, 2017.

Dionne was born Oct. 22, 1957, in Augusta, daughter of Arthur and Christine (Jones) Barnett. She was a 1976 graduate of Erskine Academy. Dionne was a very hardworking, dedicated person. As a child, she did everything from raking blueberries to working on the farm. As a single mother, she felt it was important to give the best to Nick. Dumpy worked at Statler Tissue, where she was one of the few female papermakers; Crow Rope, and most recently until she was no longer able, Lie-Nielsen.

Dionne was known for her sense of humor, loving heart and caring nature. She enjoyed spending time with family and friends, gardening, making Christmas wreaths and floral arrangements. The love she had for her pets was indescribable. Most of all, Dionne was a loving, caring, devoted mother to her son.

She was predeceased by her maternal grandparents, Robert and Flossie (Hallowell) Jones; her paternal grandparents, Clayton and Violia (Leavitt) Barnett; and her parents, Arthur and Christine (Jones) Barnett.

Dumpy is survived by her son, Nickolas Barnett, of Windsor; her sister, Darlene Landry, and her husband, Earl, of Somerville; her brothers, Daniel Barnett and his wife, Rose, of Somerville and Dana “Farmer” Barnett and his wife, Deb, of Somerville; several nieces and nephews; and her special friends Bruce and Cheryl Dawson of Jefferson, who provided care and comfort for her in her last days.

A graveside service will be held Saturday, Dec. 2, at 11 a.m. at West Washington Cemetery in Washington.

An online guestbook may be signed and memories shared at: lawrybrothers.com.

Arrangements are with Lawry Brothers Funeral & Cremation Care, Fairfield.

Comments (1)
Posted by: Ronald Horvath | Nov 28, 2017 12:14

Here is a lady that will be missed.  She had a huge presence, a loud, boisterous, but aggressively good natured character with a rough exterior that hid a warm interior.  Her voice could be heard all over the wood shop at Lie-Nielsen cracking jokes and commenting on everything from politics to local gossip-or anything that passed by- always with a liberal amount of good humor and a deceptively sharp mind.  She will indeed be missed.  Even after being retired three years I can't imagine my days at work without her, without her voice crackling away behind me as we spent our days turning out the best tools made anywhere.   She was a force of nature and her passing will be felt by everyone who knew her, a rent in the fabric of all our lives.

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