March 4, 2016
Linda Lee Barnes Yenawine died on March 4, 2016 at 10:10pm at home on Seven Isles, Wellesley Island, NY. Formerly of Fayetteville, NY she and her husband resided in the Thousand Islands and wintered in Scottsdale, AZ. Born in Alexandria Virginia on January 19, 1946, she grew up in Syracuse. She was the daughter of Alice and Willard Smith Barnes. She attended Nottingham High School and graduated from Penn Hall, Chambersburg, PA and Marjorie Webster College in Washington D.C.
She and her husband of 48 years were always active in civic life. Together they started I'M SMART of CNY that was recognized nationally by the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration and the White House.
She started her volunteer life at the young age of 12 as a candy striper at Crouse Hospital and went on to become the youngest board member of Crouse Irving Memorial Auxiliary. Her many years of giving back to the community included: Girl Scouts; Red Cross; United Way, Children's Hospital, Caracas, Venezuela; Habitat for Humanity; North Country Arts Center, Watertown, NY; Children's Science Center, Syracuse; Junior League of Syracuse, Samaritan Hospital, Watertown, NY; PEACE, Isla Mujeres, Mexico; Isla Animals; Syracuse Women's Fund; and Dewitt Community Church. She was also a founding member of The Hacker & Wackers of Syracuse. One of her more recent volunteer highlights was joining a college roommate and working for Habitat for Humanity in New Orleans building new homes. She felt she received more than she could have given back.
She was on the Board of Trustees for the following organizations: Literacy of Syracuse, Everson Art Museum, Syracuse Symphony Orchestra, Syracuse Opera, Crouse Irving Memorial Auxiliary, Onondaga Pastoral Counseling, Junior League of Elmira, NY, Thousand Islands Art Center, Clayton, NY and Samaritan Summit Village, Watertown, NY.
She enjoyed: laughing, skiing, art, gardening, reading, cooking and entertaining, boating, difference of opinion, open mindedness, and most of all sharing her life experiences and travels with her two grandchildren, Barlow Lee and Lior Alma. She was extremely concerned about protecting the environment, injustice, helping those less fortunate, and making a difference. Her youthful appearance, energy and curiosity were never lost.
She is survived by her husband, Martin, Wellesley Island, NY, a daughter Tiffany Wareing (Brad), two grandchildren, Barlow and Lior, Isla Mujeres, Mexico; her mother Alice Barnes Badore, Jamesville, NY; her brother Robert A. Barnes II (Helene) Fayetteville, a cousin Julie Wagner Konys (David), Manlius, NY and several nieces and nephews.
Services are private. A celebration of her life will be on Seven Isles, Wellesley Island on Sunday, July 24, 2016 4 to 7 pm. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the Thousand Islands Arts Center, 314 John Street, Clayton, NY 13640 or Isla Animals http://www.islaanimals.org/. Arrangements are entrusted with Cummings Funeral Service, Inc., Clayton, NY. Online condolences to Linda's family may be made at www.cummingsfuneral.com.