Ruby Lee Barnes, 97, of Mexico, died at 6:25 p.m. on Saturday, March 24, 2018 at Pin Oaks Living Center.

Funeral services will be held Tuesday at 2:00 p.m. at Arnold Funeral Home with burial to follow at East Lawn Memorial Park. Visitation is Tuesday from 12:30 till the service time at the funeral home.

Ruby Lee was born in Audrain County on September 3, 1920, the youngest daughter of Harry J. and Jessie F. (Guthrie) Stalcup. She married Robert Barnes on March 8, 1941 in Columbia, MO.

Upon graduation from Centralia High School in 1937, Ruby Lee obtained a teaching certificate and became a school teacher at a rural one-room school in Audrain County near Martinsburg. Upon marriage, she became a homemaker, living on a farm in Centralia with her husband before moving to Mexico in 1955. She was a member of Kentucky Road Christian Church.

Survivors include her children, Robert Lee (Donna) Barnes of Mexico, MO, Janet Ann (Charles) Ruse of Jefferson City, MO, and Craig Allen (Beth) Barnes of Columbus, IN; her grandchildren, Brad (Mary) Barnes, Denise Barnes, Susan (Brandon) Easter, Rachelle (Brandon) Bauer, Christopher (Kerrie) Barnes, and Kaitlyn Barnes; great-grandchildren, Sara Barnes, Jeremy Brixey, LeAnn (Ryan) Walker, Brian (Angela) Barnes, Allison Easter, Logan Easter, Dominik Shelton, Liam Bauer, Hanna Barnes, and Hadley Barnes; great-great-grandchildren, Melanie, Austin and Annaliese Walker. Numerous nieces and nephews and great nieces and nephews and one brother-in-law, Ed (Sue) Barnes also survive.

In addition to her husband and parents, she was preceded in death by her three sister and their spouses, Margaret (Lilburn) Stone, Sybil (Charles) Davenport, and Louise (D.W.) Davis.

Ruby Lee was a hard-working Christian woman who practiced her faith and taught her children to be hard working, responsible, respectful to others and, at all times, followers of the Golden Rule.

In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to the Michael J. Fox Parkinson Foundation, Liberty Christian Church, Thompson, MO or Hospice Compassus in Columbia, MO.

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