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Jessica Dawn Barnett was born February 13, 1973, at St. Claire Medical Center in Morehead and passed away September 21, 2017, in Savannah, Georgia.
Jessicas primary education was received mainly in Kentucky with a few years in El Paso, Texas. She received her Bachelors of Art at Morehead State University and was in the process of completing her Masters of Fine Art at the Academy of Art University at the time of her illness. Jessica was an accomplished documentary photographer, crafter and fine artist whose works were often exhibited. Her photographs were published in Inscape, Morehead State Universitys student journal.
Jessica is survived by her two siblings, Melinda C. Rivers (Monte) of Morehead and Amanda K. Barnett (Andrew) of Savannah, Georgia; one nephew, Montgomery Garfield Claude Rivers, who was very special to her; and her loving parents, Hettie K. DeHart Barnett and DeWayne G. Barnett of Morehead.
She was an animal lover and dedicated herself to bulldog rescues, taking in and caring for three rescued dogs. Jessica also did a lot of volunteer work. She was a reenactor at Wormsloe State Historic Site as well as a member and volunteer of the Coastal Cleanup where she assisted cleaning up many islands along the Georgia and South Carolina coastline. She also volunteered with Fort Pulaskis Earth Day. She assisted with the American Cancer Society, holding cancer blockades. Jessica helped create, paint and install a mural for the Commission for Children with special health care needs in Morehead. As a teen and adult, Jessica grew her hair for Locks of Love.
Jessica was preceded in death by her maternal grandmother, Gladys A. Swim DeHart Ratliff; maternal grandfather, Claude Clayton DeHart; paternal grandmother, Wilda Jean Hudson Barnett Burchett; and paternal grandfather, Robert G. Burchett.
She fought a lifelong blood disorder with added complications. We were blessed with her presence for longer than was projected many times over.
A Celebration of Life service conducted by family and friends will be held at 2 p.m. Monday, September 25, 2017, at Northcutt & Son Home for Funerals Memorial Chapel. Interment will follow at Siloam Cemetery.
Pallbearers will be Kendrick Holbrook, Montgomery Rivers, Andrew Gates, Monte Rivers, Curtis Perry and Isaiah Settles.
Visitation for Jessica will be Monday, September 25, 2017, from noon until 2 p.m. at Northcutt & Son Home for Funerals in Morehead.
In lieu of flowers, the family requests donations to be made to Cincinnati Childrens Hospital Hemophilia Foundation at https://giving.cincinnatichildrens.org/SSLPage.aspx?pid=184 and/or to M. D. Anderson Cancer Institute in Houston, Texas at https://www.mdanderson.org/donors-volunteers/donate.html
View memorial video or sign guestbook at www.northcuttandson.com
Published on September 25, 2017
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