Mary L. (Barnes) Krische, 88, got her wish and passed away peacefully at home at Vermont Towers April 14, 2013.
Mary was born December 2, 1924 in Emporia, KS. She was the daughter of Arthur and Mary L (Cupp) Sowerby.
Mary moved to Lawrence in 1944 from Emporia to work at Hercules to help the family during the war. There she met her husband Matthew Barnes, and the two later married on January 1, 1946. The two of them owned and operated several service stations in Lawrence from 1950-1969. Matthew Barnes preceded her in death on April 3, 1970.
Mary later worked as a cook at a restaurant, worked in a nursing home, and then later retired from Facilities and Operations Department at Kansas University. While working at Kansas University she met Joseph W. Krische. the two later married on June 8, 1974. He also preceded her in death on November 25, 1991.
Mary loved her friends and family. She got great pleasure taking her weekly trips to have her granddaughter Deni "set" her hair. She enjoyed reflecting on her life and bragging on her son, grandson and his wife.
Mary was also involved with Parents Without Partners, a member of Autumn Clum, and Disabled American Vets Auxiliary. She was also a member of the New Hope Baptist Church.
Survivors include her son Jerry Barnes, a grandson Jake Barnes and his wife Deni. Andy Faler, Matt Faler, and John Faler (step-grandsons). She is also survived by the extended Barnes family in Marshall, MO as well as very close family friends Teri Schendel, Brian and his mother Susan Ruesch, and Mary Rector.
She was preceded in death by her parents, four sisters, Edna Burns, Dorthy Hailey, Beulah Sack, Katherine Pace, and one brother Robert Sowerby.
Graveside services for Mary will be at 2:00 p.m., Friday, April 19, 2013 Shiloh Cemetery in Marshall, Missouri.
Family will receive friends 5-7:30 p.m. at Warren-McElwain Mortuary on Thursday, April 18, 2013.
Memorial contributions may be made in her honor in her name to the Alzheimer’s Association – Heart of America Chapter or Disabled American Veterans – VA Hospital and may be sent in her care of the mortuary.
My dear Mary, you were such a good neighbor and friend. I will miss you so much as we use to go down and wait on the mail and visit. We will meet again someday until then rest dear one.
Jerry, your Mom was such a sweet lady. My most memorable times was when I hung out with you at your parent’s service station at 6th & Crestline and your parents were tending to business while we tinkered with our cars.
Our thoughts and prayers are with you and your family in this difficult time.
Ginny & Rich Hedges