Jean Maxine (Bias) Barnett was born on May 13, 1922 to J.J. and Ora Bias in Crawford City, Ark.
Jean passed away on Dec. 17, 2016 in Murfreesboro, Ark., at the age of 94. Jean was a United States Army Nurse Corps veteran. She joined the U.S. Army Nurse Corps on Oct. 25, 1943. Better known to her fellow servicemen and women as “Mackie”, she served in World War II and was stationed on Guam during her overseas deployment. Jean was an active registered nurse for more than 55 years. Jean obtained her nursing degree from Saint Edward’s Hospital in Fort Smith, Ark., and had specialized training in Boston, Mass. Jean was a Red Cross R.N. She worked at numerous medical facilities including but not limited to: Brooks General Hospital, Fort Sam Houston; ENT Specialist in Fort Smith, Ark.; Pike County Hospital, Howard County Memorial Hospital, Director of Nurses at the Murfreesboro Nursing Center in Murfreesboro, Ark. and countless others in those 55+ years of her nursing career.
Jean was preceded in death by her parents J.J. and Ora Bias; two sisters, Eunice McKinnon and Tabitha Bias; one brother, J.J. Bias; and her husband, Vinton “Joe” Barnett.
Jean was survived by three children. Two sons: Jim Barnett and wife Vicki, and Bill Barnett of Murfreesboro, Ark., and her only daughter, Pamela (Barnett) Thomas and husband Chuck of North Little Rock, Ark.
Jean was survived by four grandchildren: Jamie (Barnett) Wilkins and husband, Zach; Barbie (Barnett) Baxter and husband Paul; Zane Barnett and wife, Sandra; and Tate Barnett,all of Murfreesboro, Ark. There are six great-grandchildren to date: Tori Davis, Lexie Baxter, Erin Davis, Lainie Baxter, Mason Wilkins, and Teegan Barnett all of Murfreesboro, Ark. She is also survived by numerous nieces, nephews, and friends. Jean will be remembered as a woman of great strength, courage, generosity, kindness, and most importantly a woman who loved her entire family with all of her heart and soul. Memaw Jean, as many family members and friends would call her, was a wonderful role model and would do anything to help her family and others she cared for. There will be no funeral services held. It was Mrs. Barnett’s wishes to be cremated and for a private family memorial service to be held in her honor. The Barnett family would like to extend their gratitude to all those who have reached out and offered words of love and remembrance, as well as, prayers for comfort. With overwhelming love, Jean deserved to be at peace and she will be greatly missed by those who knew and loved her dearly. Rest in Peace Jean Maxine.