Ollie Easter

For over six decades, Ginny Barnes has been a member of a bowling league.

She recently started her 64th consecutive league season.

Barnes began bowling in Lebanon, Missouri in 1945. Later, she moved to Springfield, Missouri and bowled on leagues at Sunshine Lanes.

She also spent a few years living and bowling in Lockwood, Missouri before moving to Grove in 1989.

Barnes is currently a member of three different leagues at Country Lanes here in Grove.

She bowls on the Mazon Shores team on Monday evenings with Phyllis Vowels and Joan Butler.

On Wednesday mornings, she bowls on the Mark Linn Agency team with Velda Hoober and Nancy Vanderpool.

Wednesday evenings she bowls on the Henson’s Orchard team with David Washington, Roxanna Henson and Jim Spradling.

Her average ranges from 144 on Wednesday evenings to a 153 on Wednesday morning.

Over the years, Barnes has had several major surgeries, but even surgery on both of her hips has not been able to keep her off the lanes.

In addition to bowling, Barnes also acts as a cheerleader for both her teammates and the other bowlers in surrounding lanes. She is often seen jumping about on the approach or encouraging others to “strike” or “pick it up.”

Her enthusiasm for the sport and for life is amazing. On the lanes and off, Ginny Barnes is truly in a league of her own.