Ruth E. (Merkel) Barnard died Saturday, June 22, 2002, at the age of 81. She is survived by one son, Ron Barnard; by two daughters, JoAnn Frank and Brenda Barnard; by four grandchildren; and two great-grandchildren. Mrs. Barnard was united in marriage to the late Eugene A. Barnard. Beside her husband, she was preceded in death by one grandson, Tim Barnard. Visitation will be held Wednesday, June 26, from 1-9 p.m. Funeral service will be conducted Thursday, June 27a 1:30 p.m. at the Hoffmeister South County Chapel, 1515 Lemay Ferry road. Interment will follow at Jefferson Barracks National Cemetery in St. Louis with Hoffmeister South County Funeral Chapel in charge of arrangements.