There was rejoicing in heaven Oct. 27, 2016 at 8:18 a.m. as Mrs. Joetta (Bell) Barnard was called home to be with the Lord. She lived her life with great faith in Jesus knowing that He is the Resurrection and the Life.
Joetta was born in Sidell, Ill. on Feb. 2, 1931, graduating from Hillsboro High School in 1949. Joetta was a teacher at Shawnee Learning Center, having a passion to help special needs children. Multiple exchange students found love and encouragement as she welcomed them into her home.
Joetta was a member of Ladoga Christian Church where she was actively involved in ministry. She loved to travel and on a trip to Israel was blessed to be baptized in the Jordan River.
Joetta married Harley Barnard June 4, 1983. She was preceded in death by Robert Leslie Bell (husband); Dorsey and Mary Moreman (parents); and three sisters. Survivors include a sister, Shirley Goff. Also to cherish her godly legacy include:
Surviving along with her husband Harley are a son, Darryl (Debbie) Bell of Veedersburg; daughter, Nana (Bill) Peevler of rural Veedersburg; and a son, Don (Paula) Bell of Ft. Wayne; and stepchildren: Rhonda (Reid) Bell of Newtown, Denise (Roger) Rosentreter of Crawfordsville and Alan (Becky) Barnard of Lebanon.
Eight grandchildren, five step-grandchildren, and seven great-grandchildren also survive.
Visitation will be held at Hillsboro Church of the Nazarene, U.S. Highway 341, Saturday from noon - 3 p.m. Oct. 29, with a celebration of life service beginning at 3 p.m. at the church with Pastor Greg McDonald officiating. Burial will follow in Rose Hill Cemetery, Hillsboro. Joetta's family request, in lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to Zola Levitt Ministries or to the church of your choice. Family and Friends Funeral Home of Wingate is assisting the family. To leave a condolence or share a memory, visit us at www.familyandfriendsfh.com
Joetta lived with her eyes on Jesus, the author and perfecter of her faith. She fought the good fight and finished the course, having kept the faith to and for the glory of God.
Published on October 27, 2016