OTTUMWA — Marjorie Anna (Meagher) Barnes, 94, passed away in Winter Haven, Fla., on June 12, 2013.
Marj was born Feb. 24, 1919, in Ottumwa to Fla C. Meagher and Ruby (Kent) Meagher. She graduated in 1936 from Ottumwa High School and was a member of the National Honor Society. Marj spent all but the last 10 months of her life in Ottumwa, surrounded by her faithful friends, neighbors and bridge rivals. Always known to be fiesty and very competitive, she hated to allow her failing health to slow her down and force her from her home. Family always came first to Marj, and she had great pride in her children, grandchildren, great-grandchildren and their accomplishments. She was a wonderful mother, very wise, and hands-down the prettiest mom in town. She liked that part.
Son, William A. Mercer (Mary Sue) of Colorado Springs, Colo., and daughter, Marjanna Hyman (Kevin) of Winter Haven, Fla., survive her. Surviving as well are 11 grandchildren, 14 great-grandchildren and her sister, Lucille Meany of Georgetown, S.C.
Husband, Samuel W. Mercer, father of her children, predeceased her in 1975, and her second husband, W.T. Barnes, died in 2009. Her first child, Michael M. Mercer, died in 1997, and her great-grandson, Conner Mercer, was taken away in 2011. Marj’s youngest sister, Ruby Jean Ellis, a resident of California, also passed away in 2011.
The family would like to thank all her good friends, and specifically Alta and Bob Thomas, for the help and company they gave her while her family was so far away.
A family service will be held in Florida, and a memorial service will be held in Ottumwa at a date yet to be decided.
A memorial has been established in her name at the First United Methodist Church in Ottumwa for those that would like to contribute.