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Our mom, Lareda “Rita” Libla (Barnes, Schulz, Shi­naver) was called home to be with her Lord and Sav­ior on Oct 22, 2019 at the age of 83. Mom was born at home in Bur­bank, MO on Nov 19, 1935 to Wil­liam Libla and Emily Bo­dine. To say we are lost, dev­as­tated, and grief stricken at the loss of our mother would be an un­der­state­ment.

Our mom was the glue that held our fam­ily to­gether. She was our rock and cham­pion. Mom loved all her kids un­con­di­tion­ally. Even though mom had three hus­bands who pre­de­ceased her in death, she es­sen­tially raised six kids as a sin­gle par­ent. Of­ten she worked two jobs a day stand­ing on her feet all day as a wait­ress. De­spite the hard­ships there was no short­ness of laugh­ter and love in our fam­ily. Mom loved to sing and play the gui­tar. So we all grew up with a love of mu­sic.

Mom was proud to have given 18 years of ser­vice as the school cafe­te­ria man­ager for Lake­wood Ele­men­tary School in Lodi, CA. She cooked over 600 meals a day and ev­ery one was nu­tri­tious as well as de­li­cious. Her cin­na­mon rolls were leg­endary and she said she al­ways put some aside for the teach­ers when they asked. Mom re­tired from Lodi Uni­fied School District in 1996.

Mom loved out­door ad­ven­tures when she was younger. She’d camp, fish, hunt, gold dredge and drive for days ex­plor­ing the coun­try­side. Most of the time with a car load of kids in tow. We’d make Mir­a­cle Whip and bologna sand­wiches on the dash board for lunch and just keep on go­ing for miles. As mom got older she was a vo­ra­cious reader, very tal­ented mys­tery writer, and loved watch­ing crime dra­mas on TV. She’d al­ways text us to tell us what was com­ing on TV and give us the plot line. Her se­nior years were mostly spent dot­ing on her grand­chil­dren.

Fam­ily was al­ways the most im­por­tant thing in mom’s life. She taught her kids to stick to­gether and al­ways be there for one an­other. Mom leaves be­hind a griev­ing fam­ily of six chil­dren, ten grand­chil­dren, and eight great grand­chil­dren. She had a spe­cial re­la­tion­ship with each one of them.

She is sur­vived by son, Billy Barnes of Robertsvil­le, MO; daugh­ter, Loretta (Jack) Burke of Yuba City; daugh­ter, Diana (Den­nis) Golden of Oroville; son, Dan Barnes of Stock­ton; son, John (Re­nee) Schulz of Stock­ton; and daugh­ter, Rhonda (Matt) Hamil­ton of Yuba City. Mom’s beloved grand­chil­dren are Diana Burke-Knapp, Jen­nifer (Chip) Davis, Billy Barnes, III, Daniel (Tara) Barnes, Sr., Chris (Jes­sica) Barnes, Amanda (Zach) Had­dad, Emilee, Ethan and Ed­ward Schulz, and Blake Hamil­ton. Her pre­cious great­grand­chil­dren are Al­liyah, Daniel, Jr., and Jaxon Barnes, Christo­pher Burke and Chan­dra Burke Knapp, Cary and El­iz­a­beth Davis, and Kathryn Had­dad.

Mom is sur­vived by her 93 year old sis­ter, Vir­ginia Boucher of Rogers, AR; as well as, many nieces and one nephew who loved her dearly.

We are com­forted in know­ing our mom is no longer suf­fer­ing and has gone on to a much bet­ter place. Know­ing this, how­ever, doesn’t di­min­ish how much we miss her ter­ri­bly. She is our guardian an­gel in heaven now. Rest in peace our dear mom know­ing we will carry on the tra­di­tions you in­stilled in us and we prom­ise to stick to­gether. You al­ways asked us for just one more hug each time we left you. Now we’d give any­thing for just one more hug from our mom.

The fu­neral will be held on Oc­to­ber 30, 2019. Chapel view­ing is from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. at Lodi Fu­neral Home, 725 S. Fairmont Ave., Lodi, CA 95240. A brief grave­side ser­vice will im­me­di­ately fol­low at Lodi Ceme­tery, 5750 E. Pine St. in Lodi. The fam­ily in­vites ev­ery­one to en­joy mom’s fa­vorite meal, a spaghetti lun­cheon, back at the Lodi Fu­neral Home in their lovely re­cep­tion room right af­ter grave­side ser­vice. Please come share some of your mem­o­ries with her fam­ily.

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