Obituary: Larue Priscilla “Percy” Speirs Barnes and Stanley Raymond Barnes
A lifetime together
Larue Priscilla “Percy” Speirs Barnes followed her husband of 77 years, Stanley Raymond
Barnes, when she died June 1. The couple were together at Mt. San Antonio Gardens in Pomona until Stanley died May 4. Percy was 98 years old and Stanley 99.
Both Pomona College graduates, they were married February 1, 1944. They lived a life full of adventure; “Whether exploring far-off lands, camping, fishing, or hunting for agates, together they found and cultivated beauty in the world,” their family shared.
Mrs. Barnes was a talented artist, known for her drawings, scrapbooks, and displays. From an early age, she developed a lifelong love of reading, and enjoyed many genres of literature.
“She loved the Lord and loved reading her Bible,” her family continued. “She radiated faith and joy, giving comfort and strength to those around her.”
Mr. Barnes earned his master’s degree in business administration at Stanford University, and then took over his father’s property management business in the Claremont/Pomona area.
He was a lieutenant in both World War II and the Korean conflict, who made his family proud. A life member of the Claremont Rotary Club, he also belonged to the Bear Valley Gang, loved to fish, and was an avid and competitive golf and bridge player.
The couple, called “nana and granddaddy” by their grandchildren and great-grandchildren, lived a full life with friends and family.
“They traveled the world together, gave generously to others, and always demonstrated compassion, love and integrity,” their family said.
They are survived by their children, Stanley Evans Barnes, Priscilla Christine “Christy” Vercellone, and Mary Elizabeth “Beth” Nosworthy; seven grandchildren; eleven great-grandchildren; and Mr. Barnes’ sister, Shirley Schwab of La Jolla, California.
“For 77 years, they were completely devoted to each other and the family they created. They will be greatly missed.”