Mary A. White Barnes, 102

Posted on August 3, 2015

Mary Adahleen White Barnes died peacefully at her home east of Ossian Saturday morning, Aug. 1, 2015, after a gradual decline over several years. She was visited by many friends and family during the four days leading up to her death.  
Mary, the daughter of Clyde and Dora Hoopengardner White, was born on Sept. 3, 1912. She grew up on Tanglewood Farm east of Ossian in the Elhanan community, graduating from Ossian High School in 1932 and St. Joseph School of Nursing in Fort Wayne in 1937. She worked as a registered nurse at Holy Family Hospital in LaPorte. That is where she met Richard J. “Jack” Barnes, from Wabash. They were married in Ossian Jan. 7, 1942.  Jack died in 1999.
Mary was also preceded in death by her parents; her brother, Aubrey White, in 2006; her brother, Edwin “Buss” White, in 1984; and her twin sister, Kathleen White Auer, in 1958. Her grandson Ian Barnes died in 1991. 
Her sister, Betty White Sheehan Dybbro of Lacey, Wash., survives. Other survivors include her children, Elizabeth “Betty” (DeWayne) Oakes of Ossian, Karen (Richard) Gorrell of Leo, and Richard (Margy) Barnes of Fort Wayne.  She is also survived by a daughter-in-law, Linda Wood Barnes of Fort Wayne. Grandchildren include Richard “Ted” (Jodi Foreman) Oakes of Ossian, Mary Anne (Scott) Sherry of Monroe, Ohio, John (Stacey Shadle) Oakes of Ossian, Derek (Beth Stewart) Barnes of Bradenton, Fla., Myah (Josh) St. John of  Fort Wayne, Candas (Jeff) DeHoff of Bluffton, and Camille (Andy) Schuelke of Fort Wayne.  There are 13 great-grandchildren and one great-great grandson, Gavin Robinson. She was a good aunt to 15 nieces and nephews, and had a treasury of friends.
Mary worked for many years as a pediatric nurse at Lutheran Hospital in Fort Wayne. She retired in 1982.
Mary was an active member of the Ossian Presbyterian Church for many years. Her great-great grandfather was a founding member of the Elhanan Church in the 1840s that merged with the Ossian Presbyterian Church in 1925.
Her paternal great-great grandparents, Robert and Helen Yule, came to Jefferson Township from Glasgow,  Scotland, in the 1830s. Their daughter, Janet Yule Ferguson, married Charles White, who had come to Ossian from Glasgow, around 1850. Her maternal great-grandparents, John and Louisa Sarah Fairbanks Lepper, and grandparents, Lewis and Lydia Lepper Hoopengardner,  were all early arrivers in Wells County. Her paternal grandmother was related to the Porters and Clarks, also early settlers.
As was said of both her mother and grandmother, she was always looked upon by friends and neighbors as a good Christian woman and a loving mother. 
A celebration of life will be led by Pastor Lyle Ewing at 2 p.m. Saturday, Aug. 22, 2015, at the Ossian Presbyterian Church, with calling one hour before the service. A reception with be held in the church fellowship hall following the service.
In lieu of flowers, memorials may be given to the Ossian Presbyterian Church or Visiting Nurse of Fort Wayne.

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