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Halsie Lynn Barnes

Halsie Lynn Barnes was born on February 5, 2004, at Methodist Hospital in Des Moines in the middle of a blizzard. She was welcomed by her parents, Shannon and Tracy (Henry) Barnes. Fifteen months later she was blessed with her sister, Linsie, and three years later another sister, Kensie. Halsie was like a little mother to both of them, always bossing them around.
At the age of three, Halsie picked up her first bat. She would play ball in the yard for hours. She picked up the bat left-handed and her parents discussed if they should change her swing but decided to let her be. Halsie started playing little league in Tingley and absolutely loved it. She was playing with girls that were two years older than her, so she eventually had to play a year in Mount Ayr. During this time, the Wayne team, the Mount Ayr team and the Tingley team decided they needed to take some of these girls to Des Moines and keep playing. So, in the fall of 2012, some of the girls started playing together as the Wolfpack. After that Halsie played for the Firestorm, Bandits and her last travel team was the Storm. There were trips made to Des Moines and Kansas City on the weekends and different Nationals tournaments in Branson, Peoria, Kansas City, Bentonsville, Tulsa and Wichita.
Then it was on to High School softball. She was so excited to play varsity softball. That first season she played first base on the varsity team, the Raiderettes placed third at the State Tournament, the highest placing in school history! Then the next year they made it again, marking the first time in school history for a team to go to back-to-back state softball tournaments! The team battled hard the next year but was beaten by I-35. Halsie’s senior year they were back to battle I-35 again in the sub-regional game (they weren’t picked to win) but the Raiderettes won 4 – 2! That brought the Regional Final game to Mount Ayr for the first time in years. The stadium was full with around 600 people to get the win and move on to Ft. Dodge for her third State Softball appearance.
To say she had a love for the game would be an understatement. She commanded the field and lifted everyone on it. Everything Halsie did, she did with passion! She loved softball but she also loved volleyball, basketball, being part of drama and speech and track for the social aspect. She made impacts on all her coaches as a leader and a great teammate on and off the court and field. Halsie graduated from Mount Ayr Community High School in 2022 as a member of the National Honor Society.
Halsie loved spending time with her family and friends. She and Abigail were always planning family gatherings. She also never missed time spent with friends. Hanging out in the school parking lot after games, just cruising around or traveling to Diagonal. She loved the new adventure that Southwestern was offering her. The friends that she made were for a lifetime. You could never see her without getting a “HEY” or “HEY GIRL”! Her loud voice carried, and everyone knew she was there! Her laugh was amazing and contagious. She could crack a joke or have the funniest one liners to make a serious moment less stressful. You never knew what was going to come out of her mouth, but you knew you were probably going to laugh. Halsie wanted to make sure everyone around her was having a good time and knew that they had a friend in time of need.
Halsie left this life on July 21, 2023, having a good time with friends and her cousin, Abigail. Left to honor her memory are her parents, Shannon and Tracy; sisters, Linsie and Kensie; grandparents, Terry and Peggy Barnes, Kevin and Rose Henry and Peggy and Larry Drake; great grandma. Shirley Vice; aunts, uncles and cousins, Travis, Tessa, Abigail and Dalton Barnes; Terry, Michelle, Trevor, Johnathan, Shayla, Andrew and Wyatt; Troy, Jenny, Myrie and Kathan Henry, Jessalyn Frank, Addy and Daniel Turner and Maggie and Chandler Smith; Trisha, Riley, Savannah and Jacob Stevens; many extended aunts, uncles and cousins, along with coaches and friends.
Welcoming her to heaven were her great grandparents, Richard and Patti Barnes, Jack and Lola Terwilliger, John and Shirley Henry and George Vice; great aunts, Jenine Vice and Debbie Shelley; great uncle, Paul Westcott; and aunt, Somer Dawn Barnes.
Services were held at 2:00 p.m. on Saturday, July 29, 2023, at the Mount Ayr High School Gymnasium in Mount Ayr, IA.
Officiating was Rev. Rick Hawkins.
Music provided before and after service by Debbie Cannon.
Special songs were “Young Forever”, “See You Again” and “Here For A Good Time”.
Casketbearers were Emily McIntosh, Julia Schechinger, Kaitlyn Mitchell, Nash English, Riley Graham and James Shiflett.
Honorary pallbearers were Alexia Henrichs, Kamryn Henrichs, Draven Westcott, Wyatt Westcott, Elia Westcott, Taylor Adams, Joshua Adams, Trevor Henry, Johnathon Henry, Shayla Henry, Andrew Henry, Wyatt Henry, Addy Turner, Maggie Smith, Jessalyn Frank, Myrie Henry, Kathan Henry, Riley Stevens, Abigail Barnes, Jacob Stevens, Savannah Stevens, Dalton Barnes, Chloe Saville, Madalynn Stewart, Addy Reynolds, Zoey Larsen, Samantha Stewart, Kash Wasteney, Tegan Streit and Emmalee Schafer.
Burial in the Maple Row Cemetery in Kellerton, IA,
Memorials to a scholarship fund and softball field improvements at MACHS.
Armstrong Funeral Home in Mount Ayr was in charge of the arrangements.

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