Leona Mae (Rutter) Barnes
ADELPHI: Leona Mae (Rutter) Barnes, 87, of Adelphi, passed away Monday, April 27, 2020, at her home surrounded by her family. She was born August 20, 1932, in Adelphi, Ross County, the daughter of the late Roy and Sarah (Rogers) Rutter. She united in marriage with the love of her life, the late Damon (Bud) Barnes, on July 3, 1949. Bud preceded her in death on January 16, 2016 after 67 years of marriage.
Leona is survived by her beloved children, Mike (Peggy) Barnes, of Adelphi, and Tonia (Barry) Marshall, of Stoutsville; grandchildren, Tiffany (Corey) Blaskis-Knox, of Hilliard, Mallory (Ethan) Mathias, of Stoutsville, and Angie Thomas, of Arnold, Mo.; great-grandchildren, Alexa Clark, Reese Knox, Madison Knox, of Hilliard, Bobby, Lychelle and Christopher Thomas, of Adelphi; great-great-granddaughter, Delaney Etta Thomas; sister, Lottie Diltz, of Circleville; sisters-in-law, Mary Lewis, of Middletown and Florence Hettinger, of Adelphi; and brother-in-law, Roger Barnes, of Circleville.
In addition to her parents, Leona was preceded in death by her grandson, Christopher Michael Barnes; brothers, Kelson Rutter and Orville William Rutter; brothers-in-law and sisters-in-law, Robert Lewis, Glen Hettinger, Jim Diltz, Betty Barnes, Betty (Dick) Huffman, and Nate (Betty) Barnes; special friends, Belinda Boltenhouse, Jerry, Lynn and Jodi Chester; and four legged companions, Tigger, Sherbert, and Lollipop.
She was a member of the Pythian Sisters Lodge for 56 years, worked at the Adelphi Senior Center and was a volunteer for the Adelphi-Colerain Ladies Auxiliary, was on the Village Council of Adelphi, and was the local “Avon Lady” for many years. She liked to collect dolls and spend time with her family.
A private funeral service will be held on Saturday, May 2 at the HILL FUNERAL HOME, Kingston. There will be no public calling hours. A graveside service will take place on Saturday, May 2 at 2:30 p.m. at Green Summit Cemetery with Rev. Carol Carper officiating. Condolences and floral gifts can be made on Leona’s online guest registry at www.hillfhkingston.com.
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