Barnes nee Ford, Rosemary Minnie

Date: Tuesday, September 25, 2012
Time: 11:00 Am to 8:00 PM

Visitation Location:
Russell Colonial Funeral Home in St. Clair, MO and after 9:00 AM on Wednesday, Sept. 26, 2012

Date: Wednesday, Sept. 26, 2012
Time: 10:30 AM

Service Location:
Russell Colonial Funeral Home in St. Clair, MO

12:45 PM at Jefferson Barracks National Cemetery, St. Louis, MO

Memorials / Donations:
May be made to Heartland Hospice, Washington, MO


Rosemary Minnie Barnes of St. Clair, MO, formerly St. Louis, MO, departed this life on Friday, September 21, 2012 in St. Clair, having reached the age of eighty-eight years, one month and eight days. Rosemary was born in St. Louis, MO on August 13, 1924, daughter of Jack Ford and Alice Rose Ford nee Nunn. On July 30, 1942, she was united in marriage to Robert Earl Barnes, Sr. and seven children came to bless this union.

Rosemary is survived by three sons, Eddie Barnes of St. Louis, MO, Louis Barnes and wife, Patricia, of Montgomery City, MO and Joseph Michael Barnes, Sr., known to most as Mike, and wife, Shelly, of Fredericktown, MO; by two daughters, Margaret Nonn and husband, Melvin, of Piedmont, MO and Tina Barnes and companion, Randy Nash, of St. Clair, MO; by eighteen grandchildren, thirty-one great-grandchildren and eight great-great grandchildren, nieces, nephews, great nieces and nephews, cousins, other relatives and many friends.

Rosemary was preceded in death by her parents, Jack and Alice Ford; by her husband, Robert Barnes, Sr.; by two sons, John H. Barnes and Robert Barnes, Jr.; by two daughter-in-laws, Glenda Barnes and Florence Barnes; by two grandsons, Joseph Michael Barnes, Jr. and John M. Nash; and by one great-grandson, Kelsoe Foster, Jr.

Rosemary was a Christian and of the Catholic faith. During her younger years, she had been a member of the American Legion Ladies Auxiliary and the VFW Ladies Auxiliary, Post 37, both in St. Louis, MO. From 1938 to 1940 she worked at the Small Arms factory in St. Louis, MO. She was later employed for about twenty years by Midwest Card Factory in St. Louis as a laborer and packer. For the next thirteen working years, she was employed as a waitress at the Casaloma Ballroom in St. Louis, retiring in 1994. Rosemary had a variety of interests and hobbies throughout her life including gardening, dancing, playing bingo and especially going to “The Boat”. She had a love for life and was always happy. Spending time outdoors was a favorite pastime. What meant the most to Rosemary was time spent with her family. Her children and grandchildren held a special place in her heart, as she did in their hearts. The many precious memories they created will forever be cherished by them all.

A kind and loving mother, mother-in-law, grandmother, great and great-great grandmother, aunt. great aunt, cousin and treasured friend, she will be sadly missed and lovingly remembered by all who knew and loved her.

Funeral services were held at 10:30 AM Wednesday, September 26, 2012 at Russell Colonial Funeral Home in St. Clair with the Pastor Ronald Knapp officiating. Interment was in Jefferson Barracks National Cemetery, St. Louis, MO. Memorials may be made to Heartland Hospice, Washington, MO.