Teresa Dee Barnes (1957-2005)

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Steamboat Springs resident Terre Barnes passed away in her sleep on the morning of Feb. 12, 2005, after a long illness. She was 47.

Terre was born July 10, 1957, in Denver to Jack Barnes Sr. and Jeanette Austin. Terre was a fourth-generation Colorado native. She attended Our Lady of Lourdes Grade School, Thomas Jefferson High School and Eagle Valley High School, where she transferred while living and working at Sweetwater Lake Resort in the southwest corner of the Flat Tops Wilderness Area.

Terre loved Sweetwater as much as her home in Denver. She later lived, worked and attended college in Denver before moving to Missouri. In Missouri, Terre owned a restaurant and bar and a fitness center. She moved back to Colorado and worked with her older brother Jack in the car leasing business. She later went to work as an independent dealer with Centennial Leasing.

Terre visited her brother Scott in Steamboat many times before buying a small ranch in North Routt. She enjoyed music, playing the guitar and writing songs and poetry. She loved drawing, painting and horseback riding. In addition to being a fishing and hunting resort, Sweetwater was a working horse and cattle ranch, and Terre learned the hard way how a ranch operates. She kept in touch with her Sweetwater family throughout the years.

Terre had a way about her that everyone liked. She loved dancing and going to concerts to see live music. She also loved camping, fishing and traveling in the great outdoors. Terre also enjoyed football, especially going with Scott to Broncos games, including the playoffs and a Super Bowl in Miami.

While at home in 1998, Terre had a dirt bike accident and suffered multiple injuries that led to an obscure disease called Reflex Sympathetic Dystrophy, or RSD. Terre made an attempt to deal with her disease during the years, trying to find a cure and ways to deal with the pain. Despite the tremendous pain she endured, Terre continued to reach out to new friends. She was active in her church, and she brought Communion to the sick whenever she could. Her deep faith brought her comfort, and she is now at peace.

Terre was preceded in death by her father, Jack Barnes Sr.; and her grandparents.

She is survived by her mother, Jeanette Austin; a brother, Jack R. Barnes Jr. and his wife, Lynne; a sister, Gale and her husband, Ernie Saucier; a brother, Scott Barnes and his wife, Sue; and many nieces, nephews, aunts, uncles, cousins and friends. She is deeply missed by all.

Terre's funeral was at Holy Name Catholic Church. A celebration followed at Steamboat Smokehouse.

Memorial donations may be made to the RSD Association in care of the Yampa Valley Funeral Home, P.O. Box 776090, Steamboat Springs, CO 80477.

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