Margaret “Margie” Barnhart

Born: 11/23/1968 Passed:

Margaret “Margie” Barnhart, 51, of Perry Township, joined her mother, Shirley, in
Heaven on June 27, 2020. With an infectious laugh, she seemed to be always smiling and was
friendly even to strangers. She became a single mom by divorce when her twin sons were
eight and thereafter bravely confronted the challenges presented by her situation. Those
who did not know her closely did not realize she suffered throughout her adulthood with
numerous painful and disabling illnesses and conditions.

A Jackson student, she was active in Canton Players Youth Theater and, to local acclaim,
portrayed “Meg” in Little Women. Artistic and empathetic, she became during high
school, an ardent pro-life campaigner, creating posters and distributing tracts denouncing
Planned Parenthood’s destruction of innocent human lives. An animal lover, she was a
SPCA Center volunteer during her years residing in Pennsylvania. A graduate of Jackson,
she was a theater major at Westminster College, her Alma Mater. There she was set
designer and stage manager for various productions. Throughout her life she composed
numerous unpublished poems and novels.

Born 8 years after Pam, youngest of her four sisters, Margie was planned; otherwise
“Daddy” would lose his “tagalong” of 14 years (always the youngest) who tagged along
almost everywhere he went except to his law practice and civic functions. Margie
provided an additional five years of tag along joy! Margie also was a joy to Shirley – and
an ego booster – others often would say “Unbelievable! 4 older daughters – We thought
Margie was your only child.”

Margie is survived by her sons Zebulon and Zackariah Atkinson, a grandson Trevor Hill,
her “Daddy” till the end of her life, Gene, sisters Sheryl Dickey, Deb Orians, Taffie Elise
Knight and Pam Dean and their husbands, nine nieces and nephews and her beloved dog
Mozart. A memorial service will be announced when the virus abates.


13 Tributes to Margaret “Margie” Barnhart

  1. Heidi (Horst) Seaman says:

    Mr Barnhart, Deb, Taffie, and family:
    I’m so sorry to read of your loss. I pray God will comfort all of you during this difficult time. May He also fill your hearts with joy as you share happy memories of Margie and rejoice that she is no longer in pain. I know you look forward to being reunited with her in Heaven. You are in my prayers.

    • The Barnhart Family says:

      Thank you so much for your encouraging comments & very
      kind and loving words. We definitely do look forward to being reunited with her in Heaven. Your prayers are especially appreciated. Thank you so much Heidi.

  2. Tracy Schlemmer (Figurella) says:

    Barnhart family,
    I share my condolences for the loss of sweet Margie. She was a wonderful childhood friend to me. I remember your family taking us places like the HOF parade, making forts
    from boxes in your basement, and also riding in the back of your station wagon on trips to Westminster. We also attended Camp Berean Way together. Margie was so creative and so much fun. I’m so happy to hear of her twins and grandchild. I will look forward to her celebration of life when possible.

    • The Barnhart Family says:

      Thank you so very much for your condolences. It has been extremely tough to loss her at such a young age and so unexpectedly. Thank you for taking the time to share your memories.
      The Barnhart Family

    • Jacob Reed says:

      I was a friend of Zack and Zeb’s in the harter heights neighborhood, Margie treated me like her own. She would give you the clothes off her back and had a huge heart. Sending my love n prayers to your family

  3. Deb Gnau says:

    To the entire Barnhart family, I am so very sorry for your loss. I remember Margie always having a smile on her face—often a mischievous one, but always a smile. You are all in my thoughts and prayers.

    • J Aileen Arigo says:

      Dear Barnhart Family, I am saddened to learn of Margies passing, although I did know of her many physical ailments. We became acquainted, when I entered the home, as role of Caregiver , now retired ,from Comfort Keepers- for the family Matriarch, Shirley. I even walked Mozart. ????~ I join with the family in expressing my Sympathy and reflection.

      • The Barnhart Family says:

        We are so grateful for your care for our mom when you worked for Comfort Keepers and now your thoughtful sympathy for our loss of Margie, which has been so very heart breaking. That is so sweet that you walked Mozart! She was dearly loved by Margie. Thank you again for your kind thoughts.
        The Barnhart Family

    • Debbie Barnhart & Family says:

      Dear Deb, We appreciate you sending us a message because it has been such a challenging time for us – especially us sisters. Mom taught us to love our sisters and to really care about them. Thank you so much it is greatly appreciated.

  4. Victor and Patricia Marsh says:

    Gene and family: We are thinking of and praying for you as you mourn the loss of Margie. God bless your wonderful family.

    • Anonymous says:

      Thank you for your condolences. It means so much to our entire family to hear from you.
      Gene and Family

  5. Pam Hanks says:

    Margie was my roommate freshman year at Westminster! Always a joy and fun to be around. I just found out and I am truly saddened and send all my love and prayers 🙁 You will be missed xoxo

  6. Krista Henry says:

    I just found out today about Margie’s passing. We were in theatre together in Westminster. We took a road trip together to Myrtle Beach for spring break. It was like Thelma and Louise. We laughed, cried, fought, and swore secrets forever. We lost touch long ago but I’ve thought of her so often. I’m sure she left a big hole in so many lives.

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