Bernice Barnett
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WEST HALIFAX - Bernice Barnett, 80, died January 18 at Brattleboro Memorial Hospital with family by her side.

Mrs. Barnett was born August 4, 1937, to Archie and Mary (Learnard) Burnett in Halifax. She attended schools in Halifax and graduated from Whitingham High School in 1955.

Mrs. Barnett was married to Carleton Barnett Sr. on September 29, 1956. They lived in Wilmington for a short while before moving back to Halifax where they lived the rest of their married life.

Mrs. Barnett had a lifelong love of writing nonfiction and was a local historian. She had an insatiable curiosity and always had one more question she needed an answer to. In her younger years she worked as a Halifax town correspondent for the Brattleboro Reformer and The Deerfield Valley News. Mrs. Barnett wrote countless articles for The Cracker Barrel as well as other publications. She also served on the committee that wrote the two-part history of Halifax that was completed in 2013.

Mrs. Barnett also co-authored two books, “Roads in the Wilderness” and “Green Mountain Reflections.” She also had tremendous joy in writing many history articles and the “Green Mountain Reflections” book along with her sister Bertell.

Mrs. Barnett also worked for the Dairy Herd Improvement Association in the ‘70s and early ‘80s. This involved visiting many area farms and afforded her the opportunity to travel many back roads, which she enjoyed very much. One of her great loves was traveling back roads and inviting others to local landmarks.

With a love for travel, in 2002, along with her husband and daughter’s family, she went to the Grand Canyon and Yellowstone Park. She also made trips to visit family in Indiana, Illinois, and Missouri. In 1989 Mr. and Mrs. Barnett bought a second home in Cocoa, FL, and spent winters there until they sold it in 2014 due to her failing health.

After many years of Bible study she was baptized as one of Jehovah’s Witnesses in 1974. She got much joy out of sharing the Bible’s message of hope with others. She also found the Bible’s promise of a resurrection to be of great comfort when she and Carleton lost their son in a logging accident in 1991.

Mrs. Barnett leaves her husband Carleton, of Halifax; daughter Tammy Lacey and husband Daniel, of Brattleboro; grandchildren, Ross and wife Michelle, Benjamin and wife Sarah, and Amanda Ryan and husband Wade, all of Halifax, Alex Lacey and wife Brittany, of Brattleboro, and Anna Lacey Stoodley and husband Kyle, of Rutland. She also leaves great-grandchildren Logan, Avery, Jayden, Rebecca, and Parker and two more who will be born in the spring. In addition, she leaves her late son’s wife, Barbara Brown, her husband Francis, and their son Joseph, whom she considered one of her grandchildren. Also she leaves her brother Clayton and wife Madeline of Keene, NH; sisters-in-law Kay Burnett of NY, and Loraine Parsons and husband Richard, of Brattleboro; and many nieces, nephews, and cousins. She was predeceased by her son Carleton Jr., brothers Malcolm, Cortis, Nelson, and Milton, and her sister, Bertell Woods.

Services will be held on February 10, at 1 pm at the Kingdom Hall of Jehovah’s Witnesses, Edward Heights, Brattleboro.

There will be an additional service held for burial in the West Halifax Cemetery in the spring. The date and time will be announced later. To sign an online guestbook with messages of condolence visit
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