Ila Loveta Barnett Short - February 13, 2010
Ila Loveta Barnett Short was born July 3, 1927 on a farm northwest of Wauneta, Neb., to Lottie (Waidley) and Henry Rowley. Loveta grew up in the Wauneta area. Music was a big part of her life. She learnd to play guitar and played and sang in a band where she met Charley Barnett. They were married on Aug. 10, 1942 in St. Francis, Kan. Nine children were born to this union: Jim, Richard, Frank (who died in infancy), Norma, Carl, Ernie, Karon, Sharon and Kim.
Her family was the focus of her life. She encouraged all her children to get a good education, always checking to make sure homework was finished each night. She believed in family togetherness. Saturday nights were spent putting together jigsaw puzzles, popping popcorn and playing cards games.
Loveta worked at the Grant Cafe when the children were young. She also worked for a time at Goodall’s and TRW in Ogallala, Neb.
Chickens were a big part of her life. Loveta worked in the poultry processing plant owned by Charley Tatum, then with Willie Burnham. When the plant closed she went to work at the processing plant owned by Cleo Schneller. In 1973 the family moved to the acreage east of Grant where she enjoyed raising chickens and turkeys. They built a poultry processing plant on the farm where she spent many hours cleaning chickens, turkeys, ducks and geese and encouraging her employees with the statement, “This won’t take long!”
Charley preceded her in death on Oct. 7, 1975. On Sept. 15, 1979, Loveta was married to Donald Short in Elsie, Neb. They lived for a time on the Short family farm south of Elsie and then moved to the Barnett farm between Grant and Madrid. In 1997 they relocated to Madrid, Neb. They enjoyed raising a large garden, doing yard work and having grandkids visit. Don died in January 2009 and Loveta continued to maintain her home in Madrid until September 2009 when she moved to Torrington, Wyo. with her daughter and son-in-law, Sharon and Joe Zavorka.
Loveta developed a malignancy and died on Feb. 13, 2010 at the Zavorka home in Torrington surrounded by her family.
Loveta was preceded in death by her husbands Charley Barnett and Donald Short; her sons, Frank, Carl and Richard Barnett; daughter-in-law Sharon Barnett; brothers Milo Rowley and Wayne Rowley and sisters Carolyn Kurth and Wilma Rowley.
She is survived by her children Jim Barnett of Yukon, Okla; Norma and husband Tom Kelley of Altamonte Springs, Fla., Ernie Barnett and fiance’ Carol Robertson of Madrid, Karon and husband Don Harris of Grant, Sharon and husband Joe Zavorka of Torrington, Wyo., and Kim and husband Brian Earl of Cheyenne, Wyo., daughter-in-law Denise Barnett of Gretna, Neb., 18 grandchildren and 18 great-grandchildren, special friends Kathy Deaver and Jody Krajewski and many other relatives and friends.
Funeral services were held Wednesday, Feb. 17 at the Grant United Methodist Church with Rev. Richard Savage officiating. Burial was in the Grant Cemetery.
Bullock-Long Funeral Home was in charge of arrangements.