Passing of "Barnette" sister Gathie Ellen (Barnett) Edmonds

John Q. Barrett barrettj at
Wed Apr 4 15:06:26 PDT 2012

P.S.  I've been reminded of these 2003 film clips of Gathie Edmonds discussing the Barnette case-

From: conlawprof-bounces at [mailto:conlawprof-bounces at] On Behalf Of John Q. Barrett
Sent: Wednesday, April 04, 2012 11:31 AM
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Subject: Passing of "Barnette" sister Gathie Ellen (Barnett) Edmonds

FYI, sad news about the passing last week of a good person who was in girlhood, with her sister, parents and other believers, a brave litigant representing each of us-

Gathie Ellen Edmonds, 80, of Barboursville [West Virginia] passed away Tuesday, March 27, 2012, at Emogene Dolin Jones Hospice House, Huntington.

She was born April 18, 1931, in Kanawha County, a daughter of the late Walter and Rosa Tolley Barnett. A son, Wesley Edmonds, also preceded her in death.

She was a homemaker, and was a faithful Jehovah's Witness. Gathie and her sister, Marie, took their stand for religious freedom when they went before the Supreme Court in 1943 in the case styled West Virginia State Board of Education v. Barnette.

Here is a 2006 panel discussion of Barnette in which Gathie participated:

Professor John Q. Barrett
St. John's University School of Law<>

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