Brenda Jo Kempton Barney


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Brenda Jo Kempton Barney

Brenda Jo Kempton Barney, 50, of Green River, passed away May 24, 2017, at her home following a brief illness. She was a resident of Green River for the past 42 years and former resident of Utah.

She was born on March 21, 1967, in Ogden, Utah, the daughter of Kenneth Charles Kempton and Marlene Toyn Cox.

Barney attended schools in Utah, Arizona and Wyoming and graduated from the Green River High School with the class of 1985.

She was a member of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints.

Barney was an avid volunteer and was formerly an employee by Sweetwater County School District No. 2 as a special education teacher.

Her interests include spending time with her family and animals. She loved fishing, camping, traveling and gambling.

Her passion was being instrumental in the startup of the American Legion Post No. 28 along with her fiancé Anthony Niemiec. She was a charter member of the American Legion Auxiliary Unit No. 28 and American Legion Riders Post No. 28.

Survivors include her mother Marlene Toyn Cox of Odgen, Utah; her adopted mother Elaine Caudill and husband Lyn; son Robert Brandon Cathcart; daughter BayLee Lychelle Barney; her fiancé and love of her life Anthony J. Niemiec, all of Green River; two brothers, Gary K. Kempton and wife Doris of Superior, Shane Kempton and wife Jody; three sisters, Marcia Ann Kempton Bingham, Tammy Kempton Fennell and husband Jerry, Shelly Kempton Burnett and husband Jeb, all of Green River; and one granddaughter Bree Ashley Cathcart.

She was preceded in death by her father Kenneth Charles Kempton; two brothers, Richard Devon Kempton and Bobby Cox; niece April Kempton and her fur babies Momma and Izzy.

Funeral services will be conducted at 10 a.m., Thursday at Vase Funeral Home in Rock Springs. Interment will be in Riverview Cemetery in Green River. Friends may call one hour prior to services.

The family of Brenda Jo Barney respectfully requests donations in her memory go to any Trona Valley Community Federal Credit Union Branches. 

Condolences may be left at Vase Funeral Home.


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