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July 28, 2011

(8/28/1911 - 7/24/2011)

Mary E. Barnett, 99 years, 10 months and 26 days of age, of rural Cantril, IA, died at 9:50 p.m. Sunday July 24, 2011, at University Hospital, Iowa City. She was born August 28, 1911, near Birmingham to S. Asa and Effie Lee Jones and married M. Clark Barnett August 11, 1936, at Monticello, MO. Mary graduated from Birmingham High School, attended Parsons College, Fairfield, taught in rural Van Buren County schools, and farmed with her husband on the Barnett Century Farm southeast of Cantril where she continued to live. She was a member of Cantril United Methodist Church, United Methodist Women, Twin City Chapter 258, Order of Eastern Star, Douds and Cantril Quilting Club.

Surviving are three daughters, Edna Wood of Martelle, Mona Schemmel (Tom) of Farley and Wava Barnett who lived with and cared for her mother, seven grandchildren and four great-grandchildren. In addition to her husband, she was preceded in death by her parents, five brothers, John, William, Stanley "Jiggs", George and J. R. "Sam" Jones and three sisters, Lucinda Rinabarger, Minnie Williams and Edna Wright and a son-in-law, Ronald Wood.

Funeral services will be at 11 a.m. Thursday July 28, 2011, in Cantril United Methodist Church, Pastor Donna Olinger officiating. Burial will be in Maple Grove Cemetery, Cantril. Visitation will open at 2 p.m. Wednesday at Pedrick Funeral Home, Keosauqua with family present 6-7:30 p.m. followed by an open to the public Eastern Star service. Gifts toward a memorial to be designated later by the family may be left at the funeral home or church or mailed to the family at 28475 Iowa Oak Grove Avenue, Cantril, IA 52542.

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