Lorena was born on June 22, 1957 in Clinton, Missouri to Cecil Bratton and Claudette Seals. She spent her childhood in Kansas City and Knob Noster, Missouri and graduated from Knob Noster High School in 1976.
Lorena spent 30 years traveling as an Air Force spouse with James Harris, Jr., and raising her three children. She lived at Spokane, Washington, Fairchild Air Force Base; Vandenburg Air Force Base in California; Scott Air Force Base in Illinois; Ramstein Air Force Base in the country Germany; and returned to Scott Air Force Base. During this time, she dedicated her life as a stay-at-home mom. Lorena settled down in Denver, Colorado and re-married to Verdock A. Barnes. They loved the peace and serenity of the mountains that surrounded Green Valley Ranch where they resided in their home.
Lorena passed peacefully from this life after a gradual decline in health. She was surrounded and supported by her loving family and caregivers during the last days of her life.
Lorena is survived by three children: Tamara Burns (Frederic), Taleka Perry, and James Harris, III (Amy); her husband Verdock Barnes; five grandchildren: Brioenne Burns, Dominyck Harris, Bailey Burns, Christian Perry, and Christopher Perry. Lorena is also survived by both of her parents and Mom Barbara Bratton; siblings: Michelle Bratton, Brian Bratton, Michael Montgomery, Melinda Simon, Cecil Bratton, Jr, Gilda Weber, Kelly Holliday, Mia Benton, Andrew Gant, and Benjamin Watson.
Two siblings preceded Lorena in death: Edwin Bratton and Michelle Denning. Lorena is also survived by a host of nephews, nieces, cousins, and friends who were a special part of her life.