There are so many lives she touched in a positive way.
So many memories that bring a smile and show the wonderful person she was.
So many stories about how she made a difference or made someone’s day.
So many hearts that are feeling sadness.
Because she was here – because she was loved.
Lori Anne Barnes
ETCM (SW) USN Retired –Loving wife, mother, daughter and friend passed away peacefully at home surrounded by loved ones, after a 14-year courageous battle with breast cancer. She is survived by devoted husband Robert Barnes, daughter Heather Ligot (Les) and son, Jared Barnes; mother, Barbara Hansen; brother(s) Scott Hansen, Douglas Hansen, Derek Hansen (Sara) and sister, Janine Hansen (Randy); many family members and friends. She is preceded in death by her father, Paul Hansen, niece Veronnica Hansen and sister-in-law Patti Hansen.
She was born in Cedar Falls, IA March 9, 1960, the first daughter of Paul and Barbara Hansen. She grew up in the town of Dike, IA and graduated with honors from Dike Community School in 1978. She joined the US Navy December 7, 1977 and retired June 17, 2002. She graduated from Norfolk State University with a Bachelor of Science degree. She went on to graduate from Old Dominion University with a Masters.
She met her husband of 33 years, Bob Barnes, in Thurso, Scotland February 5, 1980. They were married on August 23, 1981. Together they served in the U.S. Navy for 8 years. They had their first child, Heather Rae, on January 18, 1984 while stationed in Greece. They returned stateside to Joliet, Illinois for her birth and then returned to service in Greece for the next year. Even with a diagnosis of stage IV breast cancer she found it in her heart to adopt her great nephew, Jared Paul, when he was just 1 ½ years of age in May 2005. He officially became Jared Paul Robert Barnes on April 9, 2007; though in her mother’s heart from the first thought of adoption.
After retiring from the Navy, she started teaching at Virginia Beach Middle School in 2002 and retired in 2012. She was Virginia Beach Middle School Teacher of the year 2012. Lori touched the lives of countless students inspiring them to thrive in learning. Several students will carry on her legacy of teaching by becoming teachers themselves. She was a dedicated teacher always going out of her way to help out those who needed an extra help. She would re-write tests and assignments to accommodate a students’ foreign language. She was a guiding light to some many young lives. Lori also shared her passion for volleyball by serving as assistant volleyball coach at Virginia Beach Middle School.
Lori lived life with a passion and optimism that would have you wrapped around her finger within minutes of being in her presence. She had an infectious smile that sparkled and shined even in her most difficult days. She was a daughter, sister, wife, mother and friend. Lori enjoyed life to the fullest every day. She loved to travel, cook, bake and garden. She loved to do crafts. Making cards with Stampin’ Up was a favorite hobby, believing that homemade cards were the best and meant more to the receiver. Lori was a thrill seeker loving rollercoasters, but also enjoyed her quiet time with books, games, word puzzles and watching movies.
She was diagnosed with stage IV breast cancer at the age of 40. She took the diagnoses with grace and strength that has inspired all whose lives she encountered. She courageously fought a battle that no one should have to endure. Lori was a true champion, beating many odds, and never wanting to show her pain along the way. She was truly an angel on this earth.
Decorations, Medals, Badges, Citations and Campaign Ribbons Awarded or Authorized
Meritorious Service Medal (2) Navy Commendation Medal, Navy Achievement Medal (3), Navy Unit Commendation (3), Meritorious Unit Commendation (3), Navy “E” Ribbon (3), Good Conduct Medal (6), National Defense Service Medal (2), Armed Forces Expeditionary Medal, Southwest Asia Service Medal (2), Armed Forces Service Medal, Sea Service Deployment Ribbon (3), Navy & Marine Corps overseas Service Ribbon (4), NATO Medal, Kuwait Liberation Medal (Kuwait), Kuwait Liberation Medal (Saudia Arabia), Enlisted Surface Warfare Pin.
1. Recruit Training Command – Orlando, FL. 17, August 1978 – 17, October 1978.
2. U.S. Naval Communication Station – Thurso, Scotland, UK. 5, February 1980 – 6, August 1981.
3. U.S. Naval Communication Station – Nea Makri, Greece. 5, February 1982 – 1, February 1985.
4. Fleet Training Center – Norfolk, VA. 23, February 1985 – 27, April 1989.
5. USS Yellowstone (AD-41). 14, June 1989 – 1, May 1992.
6. Mobile Technical Unit Two. Norfolk, VA. 9, October 1992 – 1, December 1993.
7. Fleet Technical Support Center Atlantic. Norfolk, VA. 2, December 1993 – 10, February 1995.
8. USS Barry (DDG-52). 31, March 1995 – 26, May 1998.
9. Commander Regional Support Group. Norfolk, VA. 26, June 1998 – 30, September 2002.
10. Retired – 17, June 2002.
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