Dr. Norma Annesia Barnett


It is with great sadness and much love that I say goodbye to my beloved wife, a mentor, and friend Dr. Norma Barnett affectionately called “Pam”, who passed away on Wednesday, April 18, 2018 at the age of 73 years.

Her memory will be cherished by her loving husband of 51 years, Reverend Robert Barnett, children Andrew Barnett and Chantelle Katele, siblings, grandchildren, family and friends. She is predeceased by her parents First Lady, Mavis Neil and Reverend E. S. Neil.

A Celebration of Life for Dr. Norma Barnett will be held on Friday, May 18, 2018 at 10:30 am at Calvary Community Church, 8704 Millwoods Road, Edmonton, AB with Bishop Andrew Barnett officiating.

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Calvary Community Church - Edmonton

8704 Millwoods Rd NW, Edmonton, AB T6K 3J3

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Iman Barnett (Doctor Norma Barnett’s 2nd oldest Granddaughter)

My grandmother was an incredible, beautiful, woman of God. She fought to breathe everyday while helping others to also stay alive, giving and giving. When she would receive gifts and money from friends and family she would also give those away explaining to my mother and I that she had plenty and “didn’t really need them.” She never gave up no matter how upset it made her, she would always tell me, “Imani you have to try and try again.” I had been struggling financially and she was always asking if I needed help, I would say no Grandma you need it more than I do. On April 18th 2018 it was the first warmest day of spring and at 12:04 God made up his mind to take her up. I was extremely shocked. Hearing that she was gone, a part of me was in complete denial and when we were arriving at the hospital it finally hit me. Even seeing her laying in the room with a peaceful look on her face as if she was in a very deep sleep. I touched her leg and felt nothing but the cold, I held her hand and felt no pulse. Something inside me made me shake her leg and yell “Grandma wake up please!” but nothing happened. And then I came to realize that there would be no more kisses and warm hugs, the jokes we made together were done, all the time we spent talking and sometimes even just listening were all just memories now. I wouldn’t wake up to anymore cute texts from her with inspirational quotes or house calls asking if we could come pick her up and take her for lunch, if she could come over and take a nap on “the big red couch.” All the helping with grocery shopping or little drives to the Spice Centre & the plantain chips she loved so much all the little snacks she occasionally ate that were not good for her but tasted good to her(haha). The only person who understood my depression and my feelings had just left earth. I’m still not over the fact I didn’t have a proper goodbye nor was I prepared for this. My grandmother lived a very happy life, teaching and also learning new things everyday, she would call me up to talk about the world and what she saw on the internet and the television. Her most famous saying was “Knowledge is Power.” I am highly blessed to say that she was able to see her only great grandchild and be in our lives from day one, I will always remember the prayer you said before I delivered my first child. It amazing how many things I did wrong and you still had hope and love in your heart. Never looking down on me and encouraging me to just keep pushing on. My heart is happy but my eyes cry never ending tears. I miss you everyday and its very difficult right now. Sometimes I call your cell phone to hear your voice on the answering machine and I quickly hang up realizing I won’t get a call back. I love you so very much and I’ve been in a incredibly deep pain, I’m slowly letting go and I’m finally breaking my silence to tell you, I wont look for you in my dreams because I know you are finally at peace in paradise. But I will always remember you and carry on the part of your legacy by giving back and helping as much as I can. Rest in Paradise in Jesus’s arms and tell Great grandma and Great Grandpa I love them also so very much. And I cant wait to see you all some day again.

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