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Virginia Margarette (Mink) Barney

1930 ~ 2021 (age 91)

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Virginia Margarette (Mink) Barney passed away peacefully on October 30th, 2021 in Safford, Arizona.  She was 91 years old. Virginia was born to Edd and Vera (Kistler) Mink on February 5th, 1930 in Gooding, Idaho. 

The family's early years were spent in Nevada and Boring Oregon.  In 1943 they moved to Prineville, Oregon where Virginia finished her schooling, graduating in 1948. She was very active in clubs and athletics, serving as President of girls athletics her senior year.

Virginia married Jack Rhoden in June of 1948 and went on to have 4 children together, Johnny, Kathy, Ronny and Jackie. On October 4, 1969 she married James Barney and they were together until his passing in 2019.  They moved to Washington early in their marriage, where they managed 3 Les Schwab affiliate stores and Virginia was a dental assistant for many years. 

They both retired to La Quinta, California at PGA West in 1985.  One of the highlights was turning around in her kitchen to Arnold Palmer standing there.  Jim had invited him in to use the bathroom and see his collection of golf balls. One of the perks of living on the 11th tee of the Arnold Palmer Course.  They always had a large gathering for the event. They spent many years golfing, entertaining and enjoying life. They traveled the U.S. and the World and loved every minute of it.

They Loved their family and friends and enjoyed having company.  Virginia was a wonderful cook and hostess.  She was also a very good golfer and won several tournaments with her daughter Kathy and close friend Sheila Menti Perez.  She lived her life to the fullest and always tried to have a positive outlook with Papa Jim's help.  In 2015 Virginia and Jim returned to Prineville to be closer to family.  After Jim's passing Virginia moved to Safford, Arizona with Ron and Sherrie, she loved the warm weather.  Virginia knew her Lord and Savior Jesus Christ and is now with her dear loved ones who went before her.  She looked forward to seeing them all once again.  We were blessed and thankful to have her for over 91 years and to celebrate her 90th birthday together, surrounded by friends and family.

Virginia is survived by Sons: Johnny (Darla) and Ronny (Sherrie) Rhoden Grandchildren:  Chera, Rhonda, Kristi, Jered, Jace, Rita, Jackie, Joshua, Jerod, Shane, Katie, Shelby, Christian, and Talia. Great-grandchildren:  Karlee, Laila, Dusti, Ashton, Taylor, Jaxson, Hayden, Mikaya, Messina, Marli, Ward, Hazen, Zion, Ellie, Gabi, Blake, Ryker, Harlow, Monroe, Cody, Sawyer, Rowyn, Demi, Ryatt, and 2 on the way.Sister-in-law:  Pat Rhoden Deboard Nephews:  Eddie and John Bennett, Clay, Mark, and Russ Rhoden Nieces:  Rita Larrance, Sheryl Rhoden, and Gina Haynes

Preceded in death by:  Her parents, Husband, Jim Barney, daughters, Kathy and Jackie Rhoden, sister, Patsy Sullivan and brother, John Mink, brother-in-law, Denny Sullivan and nephew Todd Rhoden.

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Memorial Service
December 4, 2021

2:00 PM
Prineville Funeral Home - Heritage Chapel
199 NE 10th St
Prineville, OR 97754

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