Longtime Crestview educator, community activist Aileen Barley dies

Published: Tuesday, May 7, 2013 at 05:55 PM.

Before Sharing and Caring opened its center off Wilson Street, the Barleys would distribute bags of food from their car to transient or homeless people passing through Crestview.

"Sometimes you have to take the service to where the people are who need it," Joe Barley said.

Even in her later years, Aileen Barley would hand food out of her car window to people she'd see by the side of the road.

"If we didn't have bags of food, we gave them a sandwich," Joe Barley said.

In May 1995, Aileen and Joe Barley and Joe's wife, Cecile, comprised the first contingent from Crestview to venture to what became the community's Sister City, Noirmoutier, France, and remained active in the program for many years.

In addition to visitors from Noirmoutier, Aileen Barley hosted foreign exchange students at her Crestview home.

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