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Mary Louise Ramos Jaquez-Barnett–Brookings: April 18, 1936 – Jan. 11, 2013

Posted: Monday, Jan 14th, 2013

Mary Louise Ramos Jaquez-Barnett, 76, died Friday, Jan. 11, 2013.

Funeral services are at 2 p.m. Tuesday at St. Thomas Moore Catholic Church in Brookings. Internment of urn will be in the spring.

Mary was born in Chamberino, N. M., on April 18, 1936, where she spent her humble beginnings, and her adolescence in Clifton, Ariz. Mary graduated with honors from Clifton High School in 1955. In 1958 she completed her nursing at St. Josephs’ School of Nursing (St. Josephs’ Medical Center, Phoenix), and joined the Army Nurse Corps as a second lieutenant achieving the rank of ANC captain, she served in Texas, Germany and Washington, DC area, during the Cold War / Vietnam Period. She attended Baylor University and the Overseas University of Maryland.

In 1980 she received a degree from South Dakota State University. Mary taught at area schools. In 1982 she earned her master of education degree in secondary education from South Dakota State University. She interned in nursing research at SDSU in 1982.Doctoral preparation studies in curriculum and instruction were completed at the University of South Dakota in 1985.

Mary taught nursing at SDSU, and also taught nursing skills and medications to unlicensed personnel in the state of South Dakota for New Prairie Crossings Assisted Living facilities. She rose from staff nurse to management in her nursing career. As a travel nurse she also worked at the medical center in Hilo, Hawaii. She was director of nursing of Las Vegas Rehab hospital in Las Vegas.

Mary's last role was teaching Spanish at Deubrook high school, in the fall of 2012, a challenge she thoroughly enjoyed.

On June 1, 1963, Mary married 1st Lt. Lawrence S. Barnett of Brookings in a military ceremony at Wurzburg, Germany, Army Chapel. Their final military assignment was in the Washington, D.C., area, returning to South Dakota in 1964. Those years were focused on family, nursing and teaching. She was generous, respectful and an intuitive person who cherished her children. As a citizen of the world, her fighting spirit, dignity, social consciousness and sense of justice have served as an inspiration to those few who took time to truly know her.

Mary volunteered for numerous activities, and held the position of editor of a state winning newsletter, and chaplin of Post 72 American Legion in Brookings. Through the years, numerous awards were bestowed because of her commitment to her profession and education. She is listed in the Who’s Who in American Nursing for 1990. She toiled over a novel about her parents, siblings and her American-Mexican heritage. As the first daughter of a sharecropper in New Mexico, her life span covered difficult times of the Depression, Dirty 30s, and numerous wars and conflicts.

Mary is survived by her husband, Lawrence; sons, Maj. Michael Barnett,. US Air Force (Ret.) (Sandy), and Thomas (Kathryn); a grandchild her 10 brothers and sisters, grandnieces and grandnephews, cousins and four godchildren.

She was preceded in death by a brother, a sister, and the most injurious was the death of her only daughter, Christina Marie.

Remembrances may be made to the Brookings Red Cross, SDSU Nursing Department and Lymphatic Cancer Research.

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