Harriet Barnes, 89

Harriet E. Barnes, 89, of Mottville Township, White Pigeon, went to be with her Lord and savior Jesus Christ Monday, Sept. 26, 2011, in South Bend, Ind.

She was born Aug. 17, 1922, in Mottville Township, a daughter of Lawrence and Mabel (Rainer) Bratton. She had been a resident of the Mottville and White Pigeon area all her life. She was a graduate of Constantine High School.

She was first married to Maynard Platz, who preceded her in death in August 1984. Her second marriage was to the Rev. Wilber H. Barnes on April 25, 1987, in Mottville. He preceded her in death June 27, 1995.

She was a homemaker, and employed at Miles Laboratory in Elkhart, Ind., and retired from Union Products.

She was a member of Mottville Bible Church, where she was a Sunday school teacher, involved in Vacation Bible School, youth groups, ladies’ missionary society and did mission work in France and Canada.

She enjoyed cooking and entertaining.

Surviving are two daughters, Patricia (Craig) Yoder and Pamela (Paul) Aurand, all of South Bend, Ind.; a son, Pastor Phillip (Linda) Platz of Bourbon, Ind.; nine grandchildren; seven great-grandchildren; a stepdaughter, Ruth (Rev. Andrew) Bishop of Ancona, Italy; two stepsons, the Rev. Stephen (Rowena) Barnes and the Rev. Andrew (Wanda) Barnes, all of Paris; a daughter-in-law, Carol Barnes of Indianapolis; many stepgrandchildren and great-grandchildren; a brother, the Rev. Larry (Lois) Bratton of Bristol, Ind.; a sister, Delores (Chester) Niblock of Mottville; and several nieces and nephews.

She was preceded in death by her parents; her husbands; a sister, Mary Lou Niblock; and a stepson, Mark Barnes.

Visitation is 5-8 p.m. Wednesday at Farrand Funeral Home in White Pigeon. Services will be held at 10 a.m. Thursday at Mottville Bible Church in Mottville, with Pastor Mike Bender and Pastor Stephen Barnes officiating. Interment will follow in White Pigeon Township Cemetery.

Donations may be directed to Mottville Bible Church, Hospice or charity of one’s choices. Envelopes are available at the funeral home.

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