Mary Hawthorne Barnes, 64, of Mexico, died on Saturday, July 20, 2013, at Golden Living-Pin Oaks after a long battle with cancer. Ms. Barnes was born on January 14, 1949, the daughter of Lawrence Marvin Barnes and Elma Lee Hawthorne Barnes of Mexico. Her maternal grandparents were Lee Byrnes and Mary S. Ricketts Hawthorne. Her paternal grandparents were Clarence A. and Ruth H. Lakenan Barnes, all lifelong residents of Mexico.
In her youth, Ms. Barnes was active in Girl Scouts, an MHS cheerleader, an avid horsewoman with her chestnut mare, “Lady,” and a member of the National Honor Society of Mexico High School. She attended the American Youth Foundation Miniwanca Camp for Girls in Stoney Lake, Michigan for several summers. She attended Sweet Briar College in Sweet Briar, Virginia, and graduated with a BA in mathematics from the University of Colorado at Boulder where she was a member of Pi Beta Phi sorority. She spent a summer in Switzerland with The Experiment in International Living. Mary Street, located in the subdivision in north Mexico and developed by her father, was named in her honor.
Ms. Barnes lived in Pueblo, Colorado with her husband, James R. Tansey, where she was employed by Colorado Fuel & Iron. Professionally, she attained the role of commodities price forecaster for privately-held Continental Grain in Chicago. She retired in her hometown, Mexico, where she relished walking her beloved dog and became a devoted member of the Kingdom Hall of Jehovah’s Witnesses.
Ms. Barnes was preceded in death by her parents. She is survived by her brother, Lawrence M. Barnes, Jr., and his wife, Frances, of Richmond, Virginia, her sister, Ruth Lakenan Barnes Kunath of New York City, and her nephew, Spencer Hamilton Barnes Kunath of Seattle, Washington.
A memorial service, open to all, will be held at the Kingdom Hall of Jehovah’s Witnesses, 1300 South Elmwood Drive, at 1:30 pm Saturday, July 27th. The family will receive visitors at the Kingdom Hall immediately following the memorial service. A private burial will be held at Elmwood Cemetery, Mexico.
In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the L. B. Hawthorne Scholarship, in care of Mexico Public Schools, 2101 Lakeview Road, Mexico, Missouri, 65265. This scholarship was created for Mexico High School students in honor of her grandfather, Lee Byrnes Hawthorne, who was Superintendent of Mexico Public Schools for nearly forty years.
Online condolences at www.arnoldfh.com