Edith May Rieffer Barnes, the daughter of the late Henry William and Minnie Ann Minker Rieffer, was born in DeSoto on May 17, 1914, and died at the Southeast Missouri Hospital in Cape Girardeau on Thursday, April 29, 2004, at the age of 89.
Mrs. Barnes was a member of the Corinth General Baptist Church near Puxico and the Stoddard County Historical Society. She taught school at Hornersville for many years. She worked for 18 years at the International Shoe Factory in Dexter and had lived on her farm north of Dudley since 1952. She accomplished the last thing she wanted to do by getting the Rieffer genealogy book published.
On Aug. 13, 1932, she was married to Harvey Barnes at Piggott, Ark. He preceded her in death on May 21, 1968.
Surviving are one son, James H. "Jim" Barnes of Dudley; three grandchildren, Garry Wayne Barnes of Dexter, Barry James Barnes of Dudley, and Dana Fay Wilson of Cape Girardeau; and five great-grandchildren. Other relatives and friends also survive.
She was preceded in death by one brother, Clarence W. Rieffer; and one sister, Minnie Margaret Smith.
Visitation will be held from 5-8 p.m. Friday, April 30, 2004, at the Watkins & Sons Funeral Home in Dexter.
Funeral services will be conducted at 11 a.m. Saturday, May 1, 2004, in the Watkins & Sons Chapel in Dexter with Rev. Ray Placher of Puxico and Rev. Bob Bradford of Arbor officiating.
Interment will be in the Stanfield Cemetery near Clarkton. Watkins & Sons Funeral Service of Dexter is in charge of arrangements.