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"I'll never forget, Heaven is where I belong." Ivy Raye Barnes left this world much too early on May 14, 2013, tragically at her family home in Billings. She left behind many friends and family who miss her terribly and will always love her. Ivy had a smile that brought joy and courage to her friends at Central Heights Elementary, Orchard Elementary and Riverside Middle School, where she was on the Honor Roll. Her interests included snowboarding at Red Lodge Mountain, singing in her middle school choir, reading in the backyard, and searching for various "good deals" on Craigslist. Ivy could also be found rummaging through a thrift store in search of old cameras with her Dad or at Hastings scouring the racks for new music, books or selling back the previous week's purchases.

Ivy was born in Billings on July 20, 2000, the second child to Clay and Jamie Barnes. She instantly became the sweet and beautiful “Ivy Bug” who stole the hearts of everyone around here. Ivy's interests included music, lacrosse (a sport where she could bump people over and hit them with a stick and get away with it), as well as basketball and softball. Ivy had a tender heart for animals of all sorts which led her to volunteer at Help for Homeless Pets. Ivy was an accomplished world traveler with a passport that has more stamps than just about anybody her age. But her most admirable trait was her uncanny ability to notice people and animals who were hurting and step up to defend and befriend them.

Ivy is survived by her parents, Clay and Jamie Barnes; her brother, Coleman Barnes; her grandmother Shirley Kline of Great Falls; grandfather Doug Forbes of Great Falls; her aunt and uncle Raymond and Tonya Dalton; cousins Ronnie Clyde and Rhiannon Dalton of Kalispell; great-aunt and uncle Doug and Judy Barnes; her cousins Brooks Barnes, Britt Barnes and Cassidy Barnes Brophy. Ivy also left behind her extended family that she loved so much: John and Garth Ferro of Billings; Kelsey Ferro of Helena; Paige, Ashley and Nathan Ferro of Missoula; and Lara Wagner of Billings.

Ivy was preceded in death by her great-grandmothers, Vera Barnes (Billings) and Barbara Kline (Great Falls); her great aunt Marge Pulse and great-uncle Homer Pulse from Glendive; as well as in her father's parents and her mother's father.

Dear Daughter,

When you look in the mirror, see what we see ... our girl.

When we look at you we will always see the beautiful baby that brought us so much joy from the moment we first held you. The same baby that grew into a beautiful, kind and loving young lady right before our eyes. Although you are gone, we will always remember the growing years and the memories that are imprinted forever in our hearts. You were filled with so much love, hope, energy and promise. We will forever carry you in our hearts and hope that you know how very much we love you and how very proud we are of you our beautiful little Ivy Bug ...

Always and forever, Mom and Dad

We would also like to extend our deepest thanks to all the wonderful people who loved her and gave her their support and love. Your encouragement and love made a positive impact on her each and every day.

We would like to thank Bo Smith, the Faculty and Staff at Riverside Middle School, and the Emergency Responders for their efforts. ALL of her dear and wonderful friends who have meant so much to her ... Thank you and may you find peace in knowing that we all did everything we could and now she watches over us from heaven above.

Visitations may be made from noon to 8 p.m. on Sunday and from 9 a.m. to 8 p.m. on Monday at Smith downtown Chapel, 925 S. 27th St. A memorial service will be held at 4 p.m. on Thursday, May 23, at the Lincoln Center Auditorium, 415 N. 30th St.

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