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Brenda Barela, 51 - January 12, 2013

Brenda Irene Barela, 51, eldest child of Robert C. Carr and Marcella I. Peterson, passed away Saturday, Jan. 12, 2013.
Memorial services will be conducted on Tuesday, Jan. 15, at 2 p.m. at the Cozad Christian Church with the Rev. Jeremy Jech officiating. She will be cremated per her wishes. Inurnment will take place at a later date. There will be no visitation.
Barela was born Jan. 31, 1961, at McCook. The family resided in Maywood until they moved to Cozad on Aug. 20, 1966, where she attended Cozad City Schools with the Class of 1979.
She accepted Jesus as her savior and was baptized at the age of 10. She also attended the Cozad Christian Church from the age of 5 until she moved to Kansas.
Her career in nursing began in 1979 at Kensington, KS, where she worked as a Certified Nursing Assistant at a nursing home. She attended the University of Nebraska at Kearney and was enrolled in the pre-nursing program in 1980-81. She was awarded dean’s list recognition while being a single mother for her 2-year-old son.
Following the birth of her second son in 1982, she stayed home to take care of her children. She later enrolled in the nursing program at Mid-Plains Community College and graduated as a registered nurse in May of 1996.
Barela began employment at Southview Manor Nursing Home and was promoted to director of nursing. She worked at several nursing homes in the area, and recently, four years at the Lexington Regional Health Center.
She and Nat Barela were united in marriage on May 26, 2000. The couple lived in Cozad, and adopted their third son on Sept. 5, 2012.
Barela enjoyed reading, crocheting, knitting and gardening as well as listening to country music, particularly Garth Brooks, according to family members. She loved spending time with her family, especially with her two granddaughters, Aurora and Ruby Bell.
She became ill in October of 2012. She was an efficient, conscientious and loving caregiver in spite of having a serious and very painful medical condition, family members said. She was a loving daughter, sister, wife, mother, grandmother and friend.
Barela was preceded in death by: her father, Robert; and grandparents.
Survivors include: her husband, Nat Barela of Cozad; three sons—Aaron (Fay) of Denver, CO, George (Brandee) of Lincoln, and Bryson of Cozad; her mother and step-father, Marcella and Charles Carothers of Florida; two granddaughters—Aurora and Ruby of Lincoln; two brothers—Robert (Deb) Carr of Mississippi, and David Carr of York; a close and dear friend since childhood, Cheryl Canas of Cozad; numerous other relatives, friends and co-workers.
A memorial has been established.