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Faye E (Plumley) Barnes

March 13, 1935 ~ December 26, 2020 (age 85)

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Monson – Faye E. (Plumley) Barnes, 85, passed away Saturday, December 26, 2020 surrounded by love of family in her home.  Faye was born in Monson March 13, 1935, to the late Ray and Clara (Boomhower) Plumley.  She was a 1953 graduate of Monson High School, a 1954 Commercial Artist Post Graduate of Springfield Trade School, and was a member of the First Church of Monson, Congregational.  For a period of time Faye worked at A.D. Ellis Mills, MassMutual and drove school bus for Palmer Motor Coach.  She worked many hours farming and tending to animals on the family farm.

Faye was very active, played softball, bowled, was a member of the White Pine Ski Club, also a member of the Wood Wackers Carving Club, where she carved ornaments for her grandchildren.  Her greatest joy was family, she loved family gatherings, games and outdoor activities.  Faye took family and friends on hiking, canoeing, kayaking, sailing, biking and camping adventures.  Faye lived life full of kindness, humor, pranks and stories.  She had a great love for animals; and everything was always ‘fine”.  The door was always open with baked goods inside, coffee milk, dog treats and a willingness to share her time, lend you a hand and had an intuition to know when one was troubled.  Faye looked forward to her summer escapes with family to Matunuck Beach, RI combing the beach for treasures, enjoying the porch, Peppermint Patty ice cream, playing UNO and corn hole her way, never losing.

Faye leaves her husband of 64 years, Robert T.B. Barnes and their children: son, Guy Barnes and his wife Kellie and daughter, Dale Barnes-Johnson all of Monson; brother Phillip Plumley of Monson; sisters Shirley Wilks of Enfield, Diane Putek and husband Glen of Monson; four grandchildren, Angela Johnson, Cameron Johnson, Nathan Barnes, Allison Barnes.  Faye was predeceased by her brothers; Richard Plumley, Lawrence Plumley and sister Harriet Bressette.

Faye was able to fulfill her wish and become an anatomical gift to UMass Medical School.  Funeral services are private and will be held at a later date. 

In lieu of flowers please consider a memorial donation in Faye’s name to St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital 501 St Jude Place Memphis, TN 38105-1942 or American Macular Degeneration P.O. Box 515 Northampton, MA 01061-0515 or  


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