Leonora “Nora” Barnes

November 19, 1948 - May 26, 2014
Leonora “Nora” Barnes

Leonora (Nora) Barnes, age 65, of Wilmington passed away Monday, May 26, 2014 after an extended illness.

Nora was born in Augsburg, Germany on November 19, 1948. She came to the United States with her parents in 1957 and settled in Shelley, Idaho. She is preceded in death by her mother, Eleonora “Lori” Staudinger Robinett; maternal German grandparents, Ludwig and Anna Staudinger; and paternal granparents, Lloyd and Marie Robinett.

She married George P. Barnes on January 1, 1972. They moved to Wilmington, NC in 1976 where they resided for 24 years. Nora earned an Associate’s Degree in Nursing from UNCW in 1982 and after a 20 year career retired from New Hanover Regional Medical Center. Following her retirement, she found her calling in the helping of others through volunteering her time. Nora and her husband relocated numerous times from 1999 thru 2010 within the United States. She actively volunteered during this time and left a legacy of love and charity. These activities included the Morris Illinois Library, The Kennett Square Pa. food pantry, the Easton and Pa Animal Center. They finally settled back to Wilmington after George’s retirement in 2010 where she volunteered with the St. Mary’s Health Center. Nora gave much of herself to helping others and expected nothing in return. Her true compassionate, caring and selfless nature will be missed by all.

She is survived by her loving husband of 42 years, George P. Barnes; son, Alexander Barnes; father, Bert Robinett; and three brothers, Robert Robinett, Dan Robinett, and Bruce Robinett; and numerous other loving family members.

Memorial donations may be made to American Cancer Society, 2202 Wrightsville Ave., Suite 111, Wilmington, NC 28403.

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  • June 08, 2014
    Carol Bair says:
    George and Alex- So sorry to hear the passing of Nora. Our thoughts and prayers are with you and your family. She was such a wonderful person; remembering the good times we had back on Snowberry Court! May her memories help through this difficult time- Ken and Carol Bair

  • May 27, 2014
    Nancy Fitzgerald says:
    Although I didn't know her for very long, Nora was a special person to me. She was so glad to get into the Cape Fear Garden Club, and she was looking forward to participating in activities there. One day we went together to a meeting, and I found out that she had paid for my lunch! That's the kind of person she was, and I will miss her greatly. Nancy Fitzgerald

  • June 02, 2014
    Hans and Lorraine Westermark says:
    Dear George and Alex, We get so busy in our lives that we lose track of each other. I can't even believe that Nora and I did not cross paths at Saint Mary because I teach there. And we are getting so old, Hans and I can not remember if we were the Gold or the Blue Crew or James K. Polk or Simon Bolivar. I do remember our friendship in Charleston. Being a Navy wife can be lonely. One of my best memories is when Nora and I went to see Barry Manilow together. That was a great night. Alex, I do not know if you remember, but I was your violin teacher for a while. It is too bad that life goes by so fast and then you don't keep up with old friends. I feel really sorry about this. Hans and I grieve for your loss.

  • June 02, 2014
    Nancy Haddock says:
    I was so sorry to read about the loss of Nora. I was one of the faculty in her nursing program, and she was an outstanding student - conscientious, kind, a quick study - very talented. Then I was the Nursing Director at NHRMC during most of the years Nora worked there, and she continued with those same wonderful characteristics. Her calm, quiet, peaceful manner was a true pleasure to be around. I have thought of her from time to time through the years, and I'm so sorry she is gone at such a young age. Nancy Haddock

  • May 29, 2014
    George & Mary Fanady says:
    Nora was a beautiful lady who loved and cared for her family and friends. She was a very giving person who also saw to the needs of less fortunate people. Nora's dedication to others was made even more apparent in recent years as she volunteered faithfully at St. Mary's Health and Dental Clinic. She will be missed.