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Celebration

March 11, 2007

Kathleen B. Barnhart celebrated her 90th birthday with a party Feb. 24 at Elks Lodge 378 in Hagerstown. Attending were 66 family members, friends, and neighbors. A birthday lunch and cake were served.

Her family includes three sons, nine grandchildren, 14 great-grandchildren, and three great-great-grand children. Five generations were present at the party.

Son Mike and daughter-in-law Carolyn, with the help of their daughter Michelle Drury, provided the decorations, which included a picture table with pictures of family and friends over the years. Mike read a short history of Kathleen's life and her influence on her family. He had people at each table stand and introduce themselves.

There was a special moment for great-grandson Patrick Barnhart, who is serving in the U.S. Marine Corps and could not attend because he was about to be deployed for his third tour in Iraq. Son Dan gave the blessing of the meal, and sang two of Kathleen's favorite songs. After lunch, Kathleen visited with everyone and thanked them for coming. She had not seen some of her relatives for several years.

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Kathleen was born in Hagerstown on Feb. 27, 1917, one of four daughters of the late George and Lena Morin. Her family included four sisters: the late Louise Mobley, the late Ethel Moats, and younger sister Violet (Bob) Harbaugh. She met and later married the late James E. Barnhart. They had three boys: the late Richard Barnhart of St. Michaels, Md.; Michael Barnhart of Hagerstown and Dan Barnhart of Falling Waters, W.Va. Kathleen and Jim raised the three boys on Manor Church Road in the house that her father built. Kathleen now resides at the Assisted Living at the Village of Robinwood.

Five generations of Kathleen B. Barnhart's family gathered for her 90th birthday party.

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