In memory of
(nee Matyas), age 86, born March 20, 1934, passed away July 26, 2020. Emilie M. Barnett (nee Matyas) born Cleveland, Ohio on March 20, 1934, died peacefully in Cleburne, Texas on July 26, 2020 (predeceased by her husband, Irwin Barnett, and sister, Annette Mathias). Emilie is survived by her children, Daniel Barnett of Alaska, William Barnett (Nancy Barnett) of Cleveland, Laura Webb (Jim Bob Webb) of Texas, and Barbra Barnett (Morgan Hankin) of Louisiana, grandchildren, Robert Barnett, Joshua Barnett, and Sara Mihalek (Peter Mihalek), great grandchildren, Henry Mihalek and Hayes Mihalek, and brother, Marty Matyas (Sherrie Matyas). Emilie earned her BA, MSM and JD degrees from Case Western Reserve University. A fierce advocate for racial integration and fair housing, Emilie co-founded the Ludlow Community Association, and was Executive Director of Cleveland Interfaith Housing and Interfaith Community Housing of Delaware. She also was Director of Community Relations of the Jewish Federation of Cleveland. Emilie volunteered for the American Jewish World Service in Harare, Zimbabwe and at age 66 joined the Peace Corps. When she returned from her service in Jordan, she studied religion at U.C. Santa Barbara and Islamic Civilizations in London, to develop a program to fight anti-Muslim sentiment, Communities in Conversation (bringing Muslim, Christian and Jewish neighbors together in a forum to cultivate peace and understanding). Emilie also wrote an historical novel about Beatriz Nasi Mendes, who was also a young widow who let nothing stand in her way. Above all, Emilie cherished being with her family. Donations in Emilie's memory can be made online to: The Shaker Schools Foundation ( http://shakerschoolsfoundation.org ) or to Community Healthcare of Texas ( http://communityhealthcareoftexas.org ).
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