Longtime Crestview educator, community activist Aileen Barley dies

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

Aileen Barley established a mentorship program at Northwood Elementary School, having been the third-grade teacher of the school's guidance counselor, Martha Barton.

"When the county started doing it (mentoring students), we had already been doing it for 10 years," Joe Barley said. "They wanted us to re-apply and get fingerprinted."

Aileen Barley also mentored students at the former Southside Elementary School and at Laurel Hill School, and was a volunteer for the Guardian Ad Litem program.

She served at the First Presbyterian Church of Crestview's weekly soup kitchen for several years, and taught a Sunday school class for mentally challenged adults at the First United Methodist Church, of which she was a longtime member.

"Mother was always out there trying to help people," Joe Barley said. "My mother had a great life, a life of caring for others."

Aileen Barley was interred in Enterprise, Ala., the home of her late husband, Carl Barley. In addition to their son, Joe, the couple had two daughters, Mary Shaver and Susan Young; and two grandsons, David and Danny.

Contact News Bulletin Staff Writer Brian Hughes at 850-682-6524 or brianh@crestviewbulletin.com. Follow him on Twitter @cnbBrian.

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