TURLOCK, CA (July 25, 2016) – Rebecca (Helzer) Barnes, wife of Covenant minister Paul Barnes, died July 20. She was 64.
Rebecca was born in March 1952 in Lincoln, Nebraska, to John and Marie Helzer. She earned a bachelor’s degree in history from Crown College in St. Bonifacius, Minnesota, where she met her husband.
The couple married in 1974. They ministered in mostly Evangelical Covenant Church congregations. In 2007, they moved to Turlock, where Paul has been the chaplain at Covenant Village of Turlock.
In addition to her husband, survivors include a son, Jonathan (Krissa) of Turlock; and a daughter, Johanna (Joseph Conroy) of Overland Park, Kansas; and two grandchildren.
Services will be held at 11 a.m. Wednesday, July 27, at Turlock Covenant Church.