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Barbara Lee Brennan
December 18, 1941 ~ February 1, 2024 (age 82) 82 Years Old
Barbara Lee (Goes) Brennan, age 82, of Naples, Florida passed away on 02/01/2024 after a short illness.
Barbara was born on December 18, 1941, to Walter and Nancy Goes in Louisville, KY. After Barbara graduated from high school, she earned a bachelor’s degree in nursing from DePauw University and then served in the United States Army in a MASH unit attached to the 82nd airborne in Colorado and the Dominican Republic.
After receiving an honorable discharge from the Army, she married Edgar Wilkinson, childhood friend to her older brothers, and they had two children together, Katherine and John. Edgar and Barbara divorced and she went on to receive a master’s degree in Education from the University of South Florida. In Barbara’s career as a nurse, she worked in various departments at Naples Community Hospital and then went on teach nursing for 30 years at Lorenzo Walker Vocational Technical College. While at Lorenzo Walker she was a great mentor to many nurses, quite a few of whom she remained in contact with and still work in the Naples area.
Several years after Barbara and Edgar divorced, Barbara met the love of her life, John (Larry) Brennan, and the couple married and enjoyed many years together. Larry predeceased Barbara in 2017, and she looked forward to reuniting with him in her passing.
Barbara was also predeceased by her parents (Walter and Nancy Goes) and brother, Jack. She is survived by her brother (Robert Goes), children, (Kathy Ward and John Wilkinson), and grandchildren, Alyssa (Wilkinson), Sarah (Cespedes), Johnny (Wilkinson), and Jackson and Ashton (Cook).
A memorial gathering will be held at Fuller Funeral Home on February 09, 2024, from 2-4pm. As Barbara served in the military and this was an important part of her life, she will be interned next to her husband at Florida National Cemetery with full military honors, date to be determined. In lieu of flowers, as Barbara was a lifelong animal lover, the family requests any donations be made to the Humane Society.