Mella Fern Barnard

June 9, 1924May 10, 2013

Mella Fern Barnard, 88, of New Bloomfield, passed away Friday, May 10, 2013 at Valley Park in Holts Summit. She was born June 9, 1924 in Charleston, Mo., the daughter of the late Eugene and Maddie (Orndoff) Brumley.

She was united to William Spencer Barnard on August 30, 1941 in Jefferson City. He preceded her in death on September 15, 1990.

Mella was a member of Providence Baptist Church. She spent her working years at Chesebrough Ponds in Jefferson City. One to give of her time to care for others, she volunteered at OATS. She had a passion for flowers and baking.

Those remaining to cherish her memory include three sons, Stephen Barnard and wife Frankie of Branson, Gary Barnard and wife Donna of Boonville, and Dan Barnard of New Bloomfield; two daughters, Rebecca Siegel and husband John, and Martha Siegel and husband Jim, all of New Bloomfield; brothers, W. A. “Fred” Brumley and wife Bertha of Bakersfield, and Jim Brumley and wife Terry of Clarkridge, Ar.; sisters, Barbara Wilson of Waterford, Ca., and Mary Southern of Riverbank, Ca.; sister-in-law Machiko Brumley of Modesto, Ca.; seventeen grandchildren, twelve great-grandchildren, two great-great-grandchildren; and several nieces, nephews and cousins.

She was preceded in death by her parents, husband, four sisters, and three brothers.

Funeral Services will be held at 11 am on Monday, May 13, 2013 at Debo Funeral Home in Holts Summit with Reverend Jim Shaver and Reverend Bob Korff officiating. Interment will follow in Mount Zion Cemetery in New Bloomfield.

The family will receive friends from 10 am until the time of service.


  • Funeral Monday, May 13, 2013
  • Visitation Monday, May 13, 2013

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May 13, 2013

Aunt Mella wrote wonderful letters to me that helped me keep in touch with family. I miss her.--Mary Barnard Ray

Mary Barnard Ray

May 13, 2013

Aunt Mella wrote wonderful letters to me that helped me keep in touch with family. I miss her.--Mary Barnard Ray

Jill Hinchey

May 13, 2013

Mella Fern was a lovely cousin and great friend to our mother, Earline Brumley Hinchey. Her and Spencer were loved by our entire family. She was so glad to be together with many of you at the Brumley family reunions and we Very much enjoyed being together. The family's loss is certainly Heaven's gain! Mella is up there along with Mother right now having a glorious reunion! Our love and prayers go out to you all at this emotional time. With love, Jill Hinchey, Earline & Lon's daughter.

Cheryl Bradley

May 12, 2013

Aunt Mella had such a spunky spirit! I can just see her striding confidently to the throne of grace as she was welcomed into the arms of her loving Savior. May all who loved her be comforted in this time of loss.

Christene Santillan

May 12, 2013

For my cousins, may God hold you and comfort you for your temporary loss. Looking forward to seeing Aunt Mella in heaven when we all get together in the sweet bye and bye. Love,
Christene Brumley Santillan (James daughter)

Bob & Kaye Hartman

May 11, 2013

Barney & family, we are so sorry to hear about your Mother. She was a beautiful lady. Our thoughts & prayers are with the family.

Allyson Foley

May 11, 2013

Grandma Barnard was such a sweet, kind, great cook and loved her grand kids!! She never made me feel like a step grand child. I love you grandma Barnard. I hope you and grandpa are having dinner tonight catching up on what he has missed!!!