Iris Livesay Clem Barnes

December 26, 1927September 30, 2018

Iris Livesay Clem Barnes gently left this world at home surrounded by her daughter Sharon Clem Conlin and her best friend Debbie Roque. Mrs. Barnes was born to William C. & Gladys Fulton Livesay on December 26, 1927. She attended the Old Louisville Girl’s High. In 1945 she met the most handsome man she’d ever seen, Thomas H. Clem, and they married soon. They had one daughter, Sharon. She lost Tommy in 1995. In 2002 she met Selby F. Barnes. They were married for seven wonderful years. They traveled and just enjoyed life until he passed away of cancer in 2009. Mrs. Barnes worked in Louisville at United Electronics Institute where she was Vice President of the company. She also owned an employment agency in Louisville, she retired at the age of 49. She is survived by her loving daughter, Sharon Clem Conlin, her grandson Clay & wife Jennifer, her great-grandson Chad, also nieces Carolyn Koch, Vicki Hibbs (Greg), Cindy Wentworth (Doug), Martha Nunnelly (Tookie) Bobby Livesay (Susan) and Kenny Livesay (Sue). She also had many nieces and nephews. Funeral services will be held at 11:30 am Wednesday at Arch L. Heady-Cralle, 2428 Frankfort Avenue, with interment at Cave Hill. Visitation Tuesday 4-7 pm and after 10:30 Wednesday. Expressions of sympathy to the Alzheimers Association. Mama was a wonderful mother, wife and friend who will be missed dearly.


  • Alzheimer's Association


  • Visitation Tuesday, October 2, 2018
  • Funeral Service Wednesday, October 3, 2018

Iris Livesay Clem Barnes

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Shay Dickerson

October 2, 2018

I had the opportunity over the years to spend quality time with Iris. Her daughter, Sharon, and I were best friends since 1990. We drug Irish to dinner, cocktails and for girl talks. I thought of her as a second mom and I know she loved me. She even loaned us her huge houseboat for three weeks when Ted's daughter passed away. She was fun, witty and loving. I will miss her terribly and I know Sharon will. Right now, she is sitting beside Jesus making him laugh.

Sandra Howell

October 2, 2018

Over a lifetime, I had the pleasure of spending time with Iris and Tommy at the Kentucky Derby in Louisville with Sharon, my roommate at the time in Memphis. After she moved to Jackson and I visited again, we had fun at lunch, cocktail hour and hours remembering the fun times prior.
They last time I had the opportunity to spend 5 days around Thanksgiving a few years ago, again, we had a great time.

Iris will always be remembered as gracious, beautiful woman, inside and out and I know for a fact
she had the most wonderful daughter who has dedicated her life to serving her Mother and caring for her until the end. God Bless!

Alex Freeman

October 1, 2018

So sorry for your loss. She was such a special lady. Hugs and prayers.
Alex and John Freeman