Frances Ruth Barnes

August 4, 1931March 15, 2021

Frances “Fran” Barnes, 89, died Monday, March 15, 2021 at the Carmel Health & Living Community.

Fran was born to Robert C. and Ester L. Abner Worster on August 4, 1931, in Connersville. Fran returned to high school as an adult to continue her education graduating with the class of 1967. An accomplished porcelain doll maker, Fran made numerous dolls for her friends, family, church family and strangers. Fran was also an exceptional teacher, instructing others how to make their own porcelain dolls. Fran was a charter member of Connersville Baptist Temple. She was an active member of the Temple Quilters, making several homemade quilts to give to the sick. An avid reader, Fran would read a variety of novels, however mystery novels were her favorite. Fran enjoyed singing in the church choir and spending time with her family. Her family will miss her greatly, along with anyone who called her friend.

Fran is survived by her daughter: Melissa Ford and her husband, Daniel of Indianapolis; her grandchildren: Heidi and Michael Heis; Adam and Aaron Ford; Douglas and Kenny Barnes, Jonathan Barnes; her sisters: Alice Bunch and Wilma Cooper both of Liberty; her daughter-in-law: Jean Barnes of Dallas Texas; and her son in-law: David Heis; four great grandchildren; several nieces and nephews.

Fran is preceded in death by her parents; her husband: Orville Victor Barnes; her son: Donald Barnes, daughter: Margaret Heis; her brother in-law: Bob Bunch; her granddaughter Jennifer Barnes.

Funeral services will be conducted at 12 p.m. on Saturday, March 27, 2021 at Showalter Blackwell Long Funeral Home, Myers Chapel, Connersville, with Revered George Nester of Connersville Baptist Temple officiating. Interment will follow at Everton Cemetery. Friends may visit at the funeral home from 11 a.m. until the time of the service. Memorial contributions may be made to Connersville Baptist Temple Quilters.



  • Visitation for Family & Friends

    Saturday, March 27, 2021

  • Funeral Service

    Saturday, March 27, 2021


  • Burial


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Tonya Honaker

March 21, 2021

I’m so sorry..I remember taking that picture of her she was so happy...while I was taking care of her we talked about so many memories she had about her children and camping days ..she’s the one who got me liking bread and butter pickles never tasted them before and she made me try one and I was hooked

Nancy DuBois

March 17, 2021

I have many fond memories of Frances. I am retired now but she was one of my favorite library patrons. She loved to read. And she made the most beautiful dolls and outfits. She displayed some of them in one of our display cases a couple times. She remembered her library girls at Mardi Gras time. I still have the necklaces she gave to me. I am so sorry for your lost.