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Thayer, MO Location (417) 264-7242


   Mary “Sue” Barnes, 81, passed away the afternoon of May 31, 2024, in Springfield, Missouri. Sue was a beloved wife, mother, mother-in-law, grandmother, sister, and friend. She was a faithful Christian, having been a member of the Church of Christ for over 70 years. Sue loved people and enjoyed working with seniors, in particular. She was the Director of the Fun and Friends Senior Center of Thayer, Missouri for 20 years and spent countless hours doing fundraisers with members of the center and community, raising the money for the center to purchase the current senior center building downtown. She loved working in the meal delivery program too. When Sue retired from Fun and Friends, she took a job as a driver for Ready Transportation taking passengers to doctor appointments in Arkansas and Missouri. She retired from this position after 15 years. Sue loved her family and one of her favorite roles was that of being MeMaw to her grandson, Alex. They’ve shared many fond memories of her MeMaw bag which was filled with treasures that little boys loved. She always had time to fly foam rockets, airplanes, and race Hot Wheel cars. 

    Sue is survived by her husband of 58 years, Othel  (Barney), their son Jamie and his wife Billie, and one grandson, Alex. She is also survived by two sisters, Pat Arnold (Glenn) and Karen Weems (Wade) and several, special nieces and nephews. 

    Sue was preceded in death by her parents, Quentin and Margaret Lemmons, and seven siblings (Peggie Lemmons, Bill Lemmons, Bob Lemmons, Shirley Wiles, Dick Lemmons, Karol Lemmons, and David Lemmons).   

In lieu of flowers the family has asked that memorials be made to the Paragould Children’s Home of Paragould, Arkansas. 

Children’s Homes Inc.

5515 Walcott Road,

Paragould , Arkansas 72450


    Services will be officiated by Preacher Barry O’Dell and pallbearers will be : Steve Simer, Kevin Hedden, Alex Barnes, Jeremy Allen, Jerry French, and Derek Hufstedler

   Funeral Services will be held on Tuesday, June 4, 2024, at 11:00 a.m. at the Carter Funeral Home Chapel in Thayer, Missouri.

    Interment will be  June 4, 2024, in the Davis Cemetery in Thayer, Missouri with services under the direction of Carter Funeral Home, Inc. – Thayer, Missouri.



  1. Bob & Colleen Freeman
    June 3, 2024 @ 4:10 pm

    So sorry for your loss Barney.


    June 4, 2024 @ 6:02 pm

    Just as so many people she has served over years, we will miss our close neighbor. You could not ask for better neighbors than her and Barney. Sharing in your sorrow and sending our sympathy and prayers to all the family.


  3. Pam Simpson Tatham
    June 6, 2024 @ 7:44 pm

    So sorry to hear of Sue’s passing. I’m unable to attend the funeral. So was so much fun to work with and she did so much for the seniors in the Thayer and surrounding community.


    • Marlene Miley
      June 10, 2024 @ 8:56 am

      Othel, I was so very sorry to learn of Sue’s passing. I have such fond memories of her from her time in Birch Tree and of babysitting Jamie. She was a good friend.
      I will be praying for you and your family in the days ahead. God Bless.


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