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In Memory of
Martha Barnes-Whitacre
July 22, 1950 - March 12, 2021

Saturday, April 17th from 10 am to 10:30 am at Grace Evangelical Lutheran Church

Saturday, April 17th at 10:30 am at Grace Evangelical Lutheran Church

Martha Barnes-Whitacre, age 70, of Columbus, OH, passed away March 12, 2021 at the Ross Heart Hospital. She was born to John Barnes and Ruth (Larsen) Barnes on July 22, 1950 at Lakewood Hospital (near Westlake, OH). She graduated from Westlake High School, and attended Bowling Green State University, where she received her undergraduate degree and her master's degree, and The Ohio State University, where she earned a Doctor of Philosophy in Mathematics. After working for the federal government and ITT North Electric (Delaware, OH), she became a software developer for AT&T Bell Labs (later Lucent Technologies) on East Broad Street, Columbus, OH in 1986, and continued her employment there for about 15 years before retirement. She was preceded in death by her parents. She is survived by her husband of almost 41 years, Paul C. Whitacre, Jr.; her son, Andrew Whitacre, Columbus, OH; her daughter, Jessica (Brian) Williams, Pataskala, OH; granddaughters, Penelope Williams and Kaley Williams; sister, Chris (John) Sale, Monrovia, MD; sister, Peggy Smith, Powell, OH; sister-in-law, Marianne (Ronald) Tackett, West Harrison, IN; sister-in-law, Linda (William) Shamblin, Blanchester, OH; and numerous nephews and nieces. In her retirement, she enjoyed gardening, reading, crocheting, baking, and spending time with her granddaughters. A memorial service with Pastor Nicholas Hopman officiating will be held at Grace Evangelical Lutheran Church, 100 East Schrock Road, Westerville, OH 43081, at 10:30 a.m., Saturday, April 17, 2021, with family receiving friends from 10 A.M. until the time of service. Interment in the columbarium on church grounds will follow. In lieu of flowers, please consider a donation to Grace Evangelical Lutheran Church, the American Heart Association, or the American Cancer Society. Arrangements entrusted to Moreland Funeral Home, 55 East Schrock Road, Westerville, OH 43081.