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Helen Louise BarnettPassing: January 22, 2024


Chastain Funeral Home

Funeral Service

Friday, January 26th @ 1:00pm


Chastain Funeral Home

Friday, January 26th @ 11:00am-1:00pm


Mitchell Cemetery

Friday, January 26th

BEDFORD – Helen Louise Barnett, 90, passed away Monday, January 22, 2024, at IU Health Bedford Hospital. She had been a resident at Cedar Creek Assisted Living.

Born December 23, 1933, in Orleans, she was the daughter of Norman J. and Lola E. (Webb) Lindley.  She married Danny Barnett on September 1, 1951 and he preceded her in death November 20, 2006.

Helen was a teacher at Mitchell High School and Burris Elementary and also was a licensed real estate broker. She was a 1951 graduate of Orleans High School and 1969 graduate of Indiana University.  Helen was member of Bedford First Baptist Church and past interim director at Women’s Ministry in Bedford. She loved music and played the piano and organ for several local churches and Chastain Funeral Home.

Survivors include her son, Barry Barnett of Bedford; brother, Gene Lindley of Orleans; and several nieces and nephews.

Her parents; husband; siblings, Paul Lindley, Damon Lindley, Merrill Lindley, Marvin Lindley, Mary Ruth Riggle, Alvin Lindley, Robert Lindley, Marjorie Ann Sears, and Norman J. Lindley preceded her in death.

Funeral service will be at 1:00 p.m. Friday, January 26, in the Memorial Chapel of Chastain Funeral Home & Cremation Center with Pastor William “Skip” Mathews officiating.  Burial will follow in Mitchell Cemetery. 

The family will receive friends from 11:00 a.m. until the service on Friday at the funeral home.

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8 Guest Comments

  1. Guest: Andrea Pedigo | GARDENDALE, Alabama
    Date: January 26, 2024
    So sorry to hear of Helen’s passing. We shared many commutes to summer school at IU, she braved a late spring snow storm to play at our wedding and helped us find a home. She was a wonderful lady.
  2. Guest: Julie Fortner Throop | St. Croix, IN
    Date: January 25, 2024
    Helen. One of my most favorite people. Heart of gold. Honest, kind, a faithful friend, very wise. Mentor, friend, cherished sister in Christ. She loved me and I loved her; and the love God gives us lasts forever. Will see you again, Helen, soon! Sweet Barry, keep thinking about everything she taught you. She adored you. May your memories of your mom comfort you, may God's love surround you.
  3. Guest: Esther Hawkins | Indianapolis, IN
    Date: January 24, 2024
    My sympathy to all, Helen and I were classmates and friends.
  4. Guest: Fred Patton | Bloomington, Indiana
    Date: January 24, 2024
    Barry, So sorry Barry to read of the loss of your Mom. I worked with your Dad "Danny" for years, like a brother to me. I know your story, your Dad talked about you a lot. You have my sincerest condolences. Love you buddy.
  5. Guest: Tom Brent | Bedford, IN
    Date: January 24, 2024
    Many years ago, I took piano lessons from Mrs. Barnett. I was also in school with her son Barry. What a kind, gentle, loving person. May God bless you all and give you peace at this time of grieving.
  6. Guest: Cynthia Gillespie | Orleans, IN
    Date: January 23, 2024
    Barry, I am so sorry for your loss, I will be praying for you 🙏. Your friend, Cindy
  7. Guest: Patty Taylor Cottengain | ORLEANS, IN
    Date: January 23, 2024
    Helen was my choir teacher at Mitchell High School. She was a sweet person. I am so sorry to hear of her passing.
  8. Guest: Karon Chastain Wingarc | Bloomington, In
    Date: January 23, 2024
    We taught to at MHS. Sorry for the loss of Helen. Hugs to all family and dear friends.