Mrs. Levi Barnes Dies At Age of 82

February 8, 1945

Mrs. Elizabeth Ellen Barnes, wife of the late Levi Barnes, died early Friday morning at the residence of her daughter, Mrs. William Melville, after an illness of eleven days. Pneumonia was the cause of her death.

Daughter of the late John and Eliza Bennet, she was born 82 years ago on a farm near Freedom. Married at the age of 19, she came to Sykesville, where she spent the remainder of a long and Christian life. Since her husband’s death 25 years ago, she had made her home with her daughter.

Four years ago she fell and broke her hip but recovered sufficiently to be able to walk.

Surviving are two children, Mrs. Melville and R. Kenneth Barnes, both of Sykesville. One son, Maurice, died at the age of six years. There are also three grandchildren: Capt. R. K. Barnes, jr., now serving overseas; Mrs. David Krieger, and William Melville, all of Sykesville. She also leaves the following brothers and sisters: Richard Bennet, of Berret; Thomas Bennet, of Fork; Mrs. T. D. Roberts, Laurel; Mrs. Albert Selby, Freedom; and Mrs. Roy Warner, Liabon.

For 63 years — Longer than the church has been located on the present site in Sykesville — Mrs. Barnes has been a faithful member of the St. Paul’s Methodist Church, teaching a Sunday School Class for over 50 years and taking an active part in the various church activities.

Largely attended funeral services were held at St. Paul’s Church on Sunday afternoon at two o’clock, conducted by the pastor, Rev. Lewis Random. Interment took place in Springfield Cemetery, the following acting as pallbearers: William Hepner, Marlon Harris, Arthur C. Brown, Eugene C. Berry, Herschel Reed and Walter Bennett.

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