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Metta Elizabeth Durbin Barnes
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Birth: Jan. 26, 1920
Moline
Elk County
Kansas, USA
Death: Apr. 27, 2005
Oxford
Sumner County
Kansas, USA

Metta Elizabeth Barnes, 85, of Oxford, Kan., died Wednesday, April 27, 2005, at Riverview Manor in Oxford.

She was born Jan. 26, 1920, to Charles Edward and Ruth Mae(Sheel) Durbin on the Rumpus Ridge farm northwest of Moline, Kan. She was the oldest of five children. She attended Star Country School and was a 1938 graduate of Moline High School.

Mrs. Barnes was a homemaker and worked in the banking and restaurant businesses. She was a past president and district officer of the American Legion Auxiliary. She was a member of Moline United Methodist Church.

She was preceded in death by her husband, Eddie Lee Barnes. They were married Sept. 30, 1949, at Moline United Methodist Church. She previously was married to Joseph Francis Larkin. She also was preceded in death by her parents; a brother, Frank Edward Durbin; and a sister, Aline Laura Durbin.

Survivors include a son, William Larkin and wife Marlene of Winfield, Kan.; two daughters, Ruth Ann Boggs and husband Gene of Benton and Alice Colwell and husband Sheryl of Wichita, Kan.; a brother, Emera Mahlon 'Stub' Durbin of Moline; a sister, Alice Frazier of Tempe, Ariz.; 10 grandchildren; and 18 great-grandchildren.

Funeral service is scheduled for 2 p.m. Sunday at Moline United Methodist Church with the Rev. Gary Parsons officiating.

Burial will follow in Moline Cemetery.

Visitation is scheduled from 5 to 9 p.m. Saturday at Zimmerman Funeral Home in Howard, Kan.
Memorials may be made to Moline United Methodist Church and Riverview Manor.

(The Benton Courier, Friday, April 29, 2005)

Metta Elizabeth Barnes passed away on Wednesday, April 27, 2005, at the Riverview Manor in Oxford, Kan. She was 85 years of age and a former resident of Moline, Kan. Metta was born on Jan. 26, 1920 to Charles Edward and Ruth Mae (Sheel) Durbin, on the Rumpus Ridge farm northwest of Moline, Kan. She was the oldest of five children. Metta attended Star Country School and graduated from Moline High School in the class of 1938.

On Sept. 12, 1938, Metta was united in marriage to Joseph Francis Larkin at St. Mary's Catholic Church in Moline and to this union were born three children, William, Ruth Ann and Alice. On Sept. 30, 1949, she was united in marriage to Eddie Lee Barnes at the Moline United Methodist Church. Eddie preceded her in death on June 27, 1991.

Metta enjoyed being a homemaker and through the years worked in the banking industry and restaurant business. Metta was also a talented seamstress and quilter and her family will always treasure the handmade quilts she has gifted to them during the years. She very much enjoyed traveling and did so when the opportunity arose.

She was proud of being a lifetime member of the American Legion Auxiliary and served as president and third district officer for them. She was baptized in the Moline Methodist Church and until the time of her illness was an active member and volunteered for many church functions including bazaars, pride dinners and quilting groups.

In 1992, she suffered a massive stroke forcing her to sell her home in Moline and move into an assisted living community in Winfield, Kan., allowing her to be closer to family. In 1997, she suffered additional strokes from which she was unable to recover and spent the remainder of her years at Riverview Manor in Oxford, Kan.

She is survived by her son, William Larkin and his wife Marlene, Winfield; her daughters, Ruth Ann Boggs and her husband Gene, Benton, Ark. and Alice Colwell and her husband Sheryl, Wichita; her brother, Emera Mahion "Stub" Durbin, Moline; her sister, Alice Frazier, Tempe, Ariz.; 10 grandchildren and 18 great grandchildren. She was preceded in death by her husband, Eddie, her parents, a brother, Frank Edward Durbin and a sister, Aline Laura Durbin.

Funeral services were held at 2 p.m. on Sunday, May 1, 2005, at the Moline United Methodist Church, with Rev. Gary Parsons officiating. Interment was held at the Moline Cemetery.

Memorials have been established with the Moline United Methodist Church and Riverview Manor at Oxford. Contributions may be left with the funeral home. The funeral arrangements are with the Zimmerman Funeral Home of Howard.

Sedan Times Star May 5, 2005

This portion of Bio courtesy of cousins, Dan and Lisa.

 
 
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 Parents:
  Charles Edward Durbin (1894 - 1960)
  Ruth May Sheel Durbin (1892 - 1970)
 
 Spouses:
  Joseph Francis Larkin (1915 - 1980)
  Eddie Lee Barnes (1925 - 1991)
 
 Siblings:
  Metta Elizabeth Durbin Barnes (1920 - 2005)
  Ruth Aline Durbin (1923 - 1934)*
  Frank Edward Durbin (1924 - 1990)*
  Emera Mahlon Durbin (1927 - 2010)*
 
*Calculated relationship
 
Burial:
Moline Cemetery
Moline
Elk County
Kansas, USA
 
Maintained by: Max
Originally Created by: Del Huggins
Record added: May 22, 2007
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Metta Elizabeth <i>Durbin</i> Barnes
Added by: Del Huggins
 
 
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