Ms. Helen R. Barnes of Hanover, NH and Newton, MA passed away on August 26, 2014 at the Kendal At Hanover retirement community. She is survived by sons Charles (and Cecelia) Barnes of Center Barnstead, NH; David (and Sylvan Kaufman) of Easton, MD; Peter (and Jeanne Morrill) of Greenfield, MA; and Roy (and Jill Dickinson) of Orlando, FL, former husband the Rev. Mr. Paul E. Barnes of Newton, MA, six grandchildren and three great grandchildren. She worked as a nurse in Mary Hitchcock Hospital in Hanover, NH in the 1940’s and later as school nurse in the Waltham, MA, public schools.
From 1980 until 1987, she held the position of Associate Conference Minister for Local Church Development in the Massachusetts Conference of the United Church of Christ, specializing in facilitating church growth. Her work at the Conference included coordinating the work of the Council for Local Church Life and Ministry; assisting in the development of programs around the concerns of the local church; a program (RUAH) involving 40 women in a two-year leadership training commitment; and work with the task teams to strengthen the life of the local church. In 1972-73, she was Moderator of the Metropolitan Boston Association and later served on the Conference’s Board of Directors, chairing the Board for two years. She was co-founder of the Fellowship of the Arts for the UCC and also a corporate member of the Board for Homeland Ministries.
A private service will be held in her memory in Post Mills, Vermont, where she enjoyed many summer vacations during her lifetime.