Marilyn Barnes 1929-2019

Marilyn Barnes 1929-2019

Marilyn Barnes, 89, of Topeka, passed away Thursday, June 27, 2019, at Midland Hospice House in Topeka.

She was born Nov. 23, 1929, in Soldier, the daughter of Forest and Mary (Wykert) Vanderwall.

Marilyn attended Soldier High School, graduating in 1947. She worked for the State of Kansas, Board of Agriculture and Kansas Museum of History for 25 years. 

She was a former member of Sol­dier Christian Church, Delia Presby­terian Church and Rolling Hills Christian Church, Topeka.

Marilyn married Ronald “Ronnie” Barnes on March 14, 1948, in Sol­dier. They shared more than 57 years of marriage before Ronnie passed away on Feb. 21, 2005. She was also preceded in death by a sister, Doris Vanderkolk, and three brothers, Richard, Wayne and Harold Vander­wall; and a great-granddaughter, Courtney Marie Makie.

Survivors include a daughter, Vic­ki Lesser (Bill) of Topeka; three sons, Jack Barnes (Darla) of Morrill, Terry Barnes (Debi) of Topeka and Ray Barnes (Julie) of Topeka. She is also survived by her 12 grandchil­dren, 23 great-grandchildren and two great-great-grandchildren.

Funeral services will be held at 10 a.m. Wednesday, July 3 at Mercer Funeral Home in Holton. Burial will follow in Soldier Cemetery. Family will greet friends from 5 p.m. to 7 p.m. Tuesday, July 2 at the funeral home.

Memorial contributions may be made to Rolling Hills Christian Church or Midland Hospice, sent in care of Mercer Funeral Home, P.O. Box 270, Holton, KS 66436. To leave a special message for the fami­ly, please visit


The Holton Recorder

109 W. Fourth St.
Holton, KS 66436
Phone: 785-364-3141

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