Longtime Crestview educator, community activist Aileen Barley dies

Aileen Barley

Former educator Aileen Barley spent a lifetime serving others in the Crestview community.

Special to the News Bulletin
Published: Tuesday, May 7, 2013 at 05:55 PM.

CRESTVIEW — Aileen Barley, a longtime area educator and community activist, died Wednesday following a recent illness. She died a day short of her 87th birthday.

During her funeral Saturday, her son, Joe Barley, credited his maternal grandparents for instilling in his mother the desire to help other people.

"She learned how to care for people from her folks," Joe Barley said, relating how his grandparents often invited in down-on-their-luck people who passed by their Ohio farm during the Depression.

"Mother always had her wallet open, whether it was for cats or Sharing and Caring," Barley said, referring to the Crestview food bank that he co-founded.

Aileen Barley joined Sharing and Caring two years after she retired from a 38-year career as an elementary school teacher at Crestview schools.

Her June 1989 retirement from teaching was really just the opportunity for his mother to transition to serving her community full-time for more than 20 years, Joe Barley said.

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