Mary Caroline Barnes

June 11, 1927July 27, 2011

Mary Caroline Barnes DeWitt, MI

Mary Caroline Barnes passed away peacefully on July 27, 2011. She was born June 11, 1927 to John and Mary Metzger. Mary was a proud graduateof Holt High School, class of 1945 and retired from the DeWitt Public School System. For almost 64 years she was the loving “bride” of James Barnes, who survives her. A woman filled with love for all those around her, Mary cherished her family, neighbors, lunchroom pals (what fun we had!) and classmates. Mary was pre-deceased by her parents, brothers John, August and Frank Metzger; sisters Wilma Sawyer, Kay Kline and Elaine Seibold. Besides her loving husband, Mary is survived by her niece, Cheryl (Bill) Ballard, whom she loved like a daughter, sisters Loraine Metzger, Anna Mort and Angela Metzger; Marge and Bob Bartley, Onalee Barnes, many loving nieces, nephews, her beautiful grandchildren and great grandchildren who always brought smiles to her face and her “4-legged pal” Murphy. She will live in our hearts and minds forever. Cremation has taken place. A celebration of Mary’s life will be held at 2:00 p.m. Monday, August 1, 2011 at the Gorsline Runciman Funeral Homes, DeWitt Chapel with Pastor Jim Mort officiating. Visitation will begin at Noon. Contributions may be made to the Greater Lansing Food Bank, c/o NBD Commerce Bank, P.O. Box 16224, Lansing, MI 48901 in memory of Mrs. Barnes.


  • Memorial Service Monday, August 1, 2011
  • Visitation Monday, August 1, 2011

Mary Caroline Barnes

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August 1, 2011

Jim, Cheryl, Bill and family -
Our family will truly miss Mary, but our hearts will heal with the wonderful memories we have of her. We could not have asked for a better friend and neighbor. She was such a giving and wonderful person. We will keep her in our hearts forever. With Love, Gerrie, Gar, Chelsea & Andrea

July 30, 2011

Uncle Jim, Cheryl & Family: Aunt Mary was one of the sweetest ladies I've known. She will be greatly missed by everyone who she touched through her life. It was such a surprise the day I found out she and my sister worked together after all the times my sister heard about Aunt Mary and finally 2 and 2 got put together--What a wonderful Lady! Our thoughts are with you! Ron & Debbie Kline

Eric and Tammy Kirschenbauer

July 30, 2011

Cheryl - Your Aunt Mary was a beautiful person and her love for you and her family was always evident. We are thinking of you.

Susan Friend

July 29, 2011

Jim and Cheryl-
I am thinking of you and wishing I could be there personally to give you a hug. Mary was so dear to me and kind to my family. She will always be in my heart as I know she'll be in yours.
With Love,
Susan Friend and Family

Ann Hartsuff

July 29, 2011

Uncle Jim, Cheryl and Family: Aunt Mary was a great person and she will be missed. We have lots of wonderful memories with her and will keep those memories close to our hearts always. Please know that our thoughts and prayers are with you during this time of sorry. We send you much love. David and Ann Hartsuff