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Dorothy J. Barney

Dorothy J. “Dottie” Barney, 87, of Bruin, PA, died following a battle with dementia on Friday, Dec. 31, 2021, at Chicora Medical Center.

She was born on September 4, 1934, in Bruin, PA, the daughter of Elbert John and Kathryn Sara (Kitch) Knox.

Dottie was a resident of Bruin and graduated from Bruin High School in 1952. Prior to her retirement in 1999, she had worked at W.A. Moyer and Sons Level Works in Parker, Waltman’s Furniture, and Taylor’s Riverside Market. Dottie was a worshipper of the Lord Jesus Christ and a longtime member of Petrolia Evangelical Presbyterian Church. She was a hard-working, strong, and athletic person who absolutely loved watching sports, especially the Pirates and the Steeler’s games. She loved her pets, roller skating, old-time country music, and making homemade ice cream with chocolate sauce. Bowling was her favorite activity and she was a longtime member of the Tuesday Morning Women’s Bowling League at Bruin Lanes. Dottie and her husband Tom traveled the woods, roads, and restaurants of Pennsylvania together for many years. She cherished time spent with her family and was a great mother to her children and caretaker of her aging mother and mother-in-law.

She is survived by her loving husband of 66 years, Thomas Clyde Barney, whom she married October 9, 1955; son, Walter W. Barney and Amy Traugott of Petrolia; daughter, Sara Ellenberger, and husband, David, of Karns City; grandchildren, Jarrod and Emily Ellenberger, and Zachary Barney; great-grandson, Layton Barney; a twin brother, Donald Knox, and his wife, Olive, of Bruin; and numerous nieces and nephews.

She was preceded in death by her parents; brothers, Kenneth and Austin D. Knox; and a sister, Autho Black.

Family and friends will be received from 6 – 8 p.m. on Thursday, Jan. 6, 2022, at Bauer-Hillis Funeral Home and Cremation Services, Inc. 102 Argyle Street, Petrolia, PA.

Additional visitation will be held at 10 a.m. until the time of funeral service at 11 a.m. on Friday, Jan. 7, 2022, at the Petrolia Evangelical Presbyterian Church, 107 S. Argyle St., Petrolia, Pa., with her son-in-law, David Ellenberger, officiating.

Burial will follow at Bear Creek Cemetery, Fairview Twp., Butler Co.

In lieu of flowers, contributions may be made in Dottie’s honor to the Dementia Society of America, PO Box 600, Doylestown, PA 18901.

Arrangements are being handled by Bauer-Hillis Funeral Home.

For anyone wishing to send an online condolence to Dottie’s family or view a video tribute, please visit

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