Dr. Marian Barnes

Born in Freemont Township, IA
Born on Jun 17, 1934
Departed on Jan 12, 2022

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Dear Barnes Family, All of us at the Indian Creek Nature Center were sad to learn of Dr. Barnes’s recent passing. We admire her life - filled with accomplishment, service, friendships and travel - and her dedication to both her profession and her family. We are grateful to have received the support of both Drs. Barnes as lifetime members since 1996, and also as donors for many years. Together, they made a positive difference in so many lives. May you find comfort and peace in nature’s beauty during this challenging time. Nancy Lackner and the Indian Creek Nature Center Staff Team

To the Family of Dr. Barnes: Dr. Barnes was instrumental in my being accepted to the Cedar Rapids Family Practice program out of Iowa Medical School in 1980, and mentored/instructed me for the next 3 years as well. I am now in my 39th year of Family Practice in the Cedar Rapids/Marion and owe her a huge debt of thanks! Please accept my expression of gratitude on her behalf, as well my condolences on her passing.

I would like to extend my deep sympathy to Marian's sons and their families. I grew up on Fox Meadow Drive SE just through the woods from the Barnes' house. My mom played bridge with Marian for many years. Marian also was my grandmother's doctor. She was very caring and made many house calls to my grandmother since it was difficult for my grandmother to walk. Marian will be missed.

When I was a little girl 60+ years ago, I was very ill with the flu. Dr. Barnes made two house calls to our home on B Avenue. I believe one time she came in the middle of the night to give me a shot. About a year later, my mom and I saw Dr Barnes downtown. I remember that she stooped down, looked me in the eyes and said she knew I would get well. So very sorry for your loss.

It was with great sadness that I read Marian's obituary today and extend my deep sympathy to her sons and their families. I met her first nearly 50 years ago during my pediatric residency at the University of Iowa then she welcomed me to practice in Cedar Rapids as the second female doctor to be in primary care here. We were often confused with one another. But Marian ably combined her career with a family she loved. She was a superwoman.