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LaToyia Leigh Barnes

January 24, 1981 ~ January 30, 2024 (age 43) 43 Years Old

LaToyia Barnes Obituary

Ms. LaToyia Leigh Barnes, 43, passed away suddenly, but peacefully, on Tuesday January 20, 2024 at Watauga Medical Center in Boone, N.C. Born on January 24, 1981 in Shelby, N.C. to the late Samuel and Maggie Sue Carlton Barnes, LaToyia lived most of her life in Wilkes and Watauga counties raising her two children Quilana Jaynelle Turner, 24, and Caegan Teivon Gibson,16.

She eventually settled in Boone, N.C. with her partner Jose Louis Rivera where she resided until her death. LaToyia inherited a love of cooking from her mother and enjoyed preparing meals for her family, experimenting with new recipes, and working in the restaurant industry.

In addition to her two children and partner, she is survived by the light of her life, grandson Rio Jasper Morgan, 2, (Quilana). True to her spunky spirit and signature bucket hat, LaToyia insisted on being called Nenaw – “how’s Nenaw’s baby today?” – and never considered herself a “grandma.”

LaToyia is also survived by best friend Lori Resendiz, Douglas Carlton (uncle), Steven Carlton (cousin), Katina Ferguson (cousin), numerous cousins, and extended relatives.

Arrangements are being handled by Austin & Barnes Funeral Home & Crematory. The family requests no flowers and will be holding a Private Family Goodbye. No public services are planned at this time; however, a celebration of life will be held at a later date.

Condolences, including any financial support, may be mailed to Quilana Turner, 133A East Cove Lane, Boone NC 28607

Online condolences may be shared with the family at the website www.austinandbarnesfuneralhome.com.

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