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Oct. 8, 1931-May 9, 2008

Naomi E. "Girlie" Barnick, 76, of Mahnomen, passed away Friday, May 9, 2008, at the home of her daughter in Spring Hill, Tenn., surrounded by her loving family.

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Naomi Edith Antell was born to John and Maymie (Bunker) Antell on Oct. 8, 1931, in Twin Lakes, Minn. Naomi, also known as "Girlie," attended Naytahwaush Elementary and Mahnomen High School, graduating in 1950. She was a member of the Free Gospel Alliance Church of Naytahwaush. An enrolled member of the Minnesota Chippewa Tribe, Naomi also served as a tribal election judge for the White Earth Reservation.

From the time she was a young girl, Girlie was an outdoor lover. At the family farm near Lengby, she trapped and helped her father with the farm animals. She loved to hunt, fish, and pick nuts and berries.

After high school, Girlie held jobs in various states, including Montana. While working as a waitress there, she met Jimmie Barnick of Dawson, N.D. They were married on Dec. 12, 1958 in Jamestown, N.D. The two traveled together in North Dakota while Jimmie worked in road construction.

Beginning in 1959, the couple moved to Naytahwaush, and welcomed a new daughter, Tami, into their lives. After Jimmie died in 1969, Girlie continued to reside in Naytahwaush, raised her daughter there, and then moved into Mahnomen in 1986. Throughout these years she held various jobs as a seamstress, most recently for the White Earth garment factory.

With her sister, Marlene, she sewed gift and souvenir items and made birch bark baskets for Lady Slipper Designs of Bemidji. She also spent much of her spare time sewing items for family and friends. She often made her own patterns and was an avid quilter. She also designed and made dance regalia for her daughter and great-granddaughter, Britney.

Girlie was devoted to her family, caring for many of her brothers and sisters when they were ill. She was an extremely loving and giving person, and a good cook whose home was always a warm gathering spot. She loved to play cards and games of all sorts, especially word games. Every June, she looked forward to Tami returning home so they could attend the White Earth pow-wow together. The two also loved to travel, recently visiting the Black Hills, the Great Smoky Mountains, Ely and Lake Superior's North Shore together, and taking an Alaskan cruise along the inner passage.

Naomi is survived by her daughter, Tami Barnick of Spring Hill, Tenn.; two grandchildren; and three great grandchildren. Preceding her in death were her parents, John Antell and Maymie Bunker Antell; sisters, Blanche, Naomi, Edith and Marlene; and brothers, William, Ivan, Isaac, Doyle, Clifford, Dale and Emmett.

Visitation will be from 6-8 p.m. Monday, May 12, at Spring Hill Memorial Park and Funeral Home, Spring Hill, Tenn.

Funeral services are scheduled for 2 p.m. Tuesday, May 13, at Spring Hill Memorial Funeral Home in Spring Hill, Tenn., with the Rev. Brandon Porter officiating.

Burial will be in Spring Hill Memorial Park. Active pallbearers are Michael and Marcus Barnick, Len and Gavin Wardzala, Robert Blaeser and Jim Benson. Honorary pallbearers will be Melissa Barnick and Becky Patterson, nieces and nephews, great grandchildren, sisters and brothers-in-law, Nona Townsend, Phyliss Turpin Lloyd Bunker, Tina Poyner, Cindy Kiser and Connie Starkey.

Arrangements have been entrusted to the Spring Hill Funeral Home.

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