Obituary: Jean Barnes-Wood

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Jean Hesket Barnes-Wood, founder of the former Jean Barnes Books in Oklahoma City, Oklahoma, and co-founder of Wood 'N' Barnes Publishing & Distribution, passed away on Sunday, April 25.

In 1961, Jean Barnes started the bookstore to fill the needs she and her fellow parishioners at Disciples of Christ Church in Oklahoma had for books addressing psychology and "humanist" topics.

Jean Barnes Books thrived as a niche bookstore specializing in psychology-based and all-sectarian religious books, with a small inventory of general books and gifts. Jean Barnes often traveled across the U.S. to sell books at numerous church and psychological conferences. She worked in the store alongside her second husband, Duane Wood, until their retirement in 1999.

They were joined in the bookstore in 1990 by her stepson David Wood, who helped expand the business to include Wood 'N' Barnes Publishing & Distribution. In 1996, David Wood purchased the business. The bookstore closed in 2002, but Wood 'N' Barnes Publishing & Distribution continues today.

Jean Barnes-Wood is survived by her husband, Duane Wood; stepchildren, including David Wood, who was active in many ABA activities; and grandchildren, nieces, and nephews. Her first husband, James "Jim" Barnes, died in 1978. A memorial service is planned for 11:00 a.m. on Thursday, April 29, at the First Christian Church in Oklahoma City. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the Jesus House or to City Hospice.