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Mary Melissa Barnes Obituary


Mary Hamilton Barnes

Mary Melissa Hamilton Barnes, 89 of Fairmont died on Sunday, October 4, 2009 at her home. She was born at the Salt Lick Community near Mannington on February 28, 1920 a daughter of the late Charles E. and Lucy Yost Hamilton.

Mrs. Barnes graduated from Mannington High School in 1937 and from Fairmont General Hospital’s School of Nursing in 1944. She then joined the U S Army Nurse Corps and served at Camp Atterbury, Indiana and at Linz, Austria with the Army Occupation after World War II.
Following her return home from Europe, she went to work at Fairmont General Hospital and worked off and on until 1961. She then took a job at the Fairmont Clinic where she worked until 1974.

Mary was a member of the Barrackville United Methodist Church. She was an excellent seamstress and enjoyed traveling, reading and keeping up with the news. She was also an ardent Democrat.

She married Dilce J. Barnes on April 14, 1948. They were married 51 years until his death in 1999. They had two children who survive her, Diana J. Colebank, with whom she made her home and Benjamin H. Barnes and his wife Diane of Youngstown, Ohio. She is also survived by two grandchildren, Mary Frances Colebank of Alexandria, Virginia and Michael C. Colebank and his wife Marlene of Fairmont. Also surviving are a brother-in-law, Millard R. Murphy of Salt Lick Community and a sister-in-law, Freda Hughes of Fairmont.

In addition to her parents and husband, she was preceded in death by four siblings, Walter Hamilton, Ernest Hamilton, Ted Hamilton and Virginia Murphy and two grandchildren, David John Colebank and Charles Troy Colebank and a son-in-law, John Colebank. She was the last remaining member of her immediate family.

Friends may call at the Carpenter & Ford Funeral Home, 209 Merchant Street, Fairmont on Wednesday, from 2pm to 9pm and Thursday 10am to 11am.

The funeral service will be held at 11am on Thursday, October 8, 2009 at the funeral home.

Interment services will follow at Grandview Memorial Gardens.

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