Mary Kathleen Barnett, 80, of Murphysboro and formerly of Hurst, passed away Tuesday, March 21, 2023, at Memorial Hospital in Carbondale.
Funeral services will be held at 2:00 p.m., Saturday, March 25, 2023, at Our Savior Lutheran Church in Carbondale, with Pastors Robert Gray, Jay Holden, and Peter Week officiating. Burial will be in DeSoto City Cemetery. Visitation will be from 11:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m., Saturday, at the church.
Memorial contributions can be made to Our Savior Lutheran Church or to Hospice of Southern Illinois.
Mary was born June 19, 1942, in Carbondale, to Clifford and Helen (Gwaltney) Tippy. She married Bobby G. Barnett on October 22, 1960, in Carbondale. He preceded her in death on May 15, 2001.
She is survived by her daughters, Susan Barnett of Herrin, and Pamela Skaggs of Herrin; son, Doug Barnett of Hurst; grandchildren, Phillip (Carrie Gross) Skaggs, Chadwick (Tabby) Skaggs, Heather Smith, Tristen Barnett, Austyne (Robert) Key, Jordan Barnett, and Alex King; great-grandchildren, Gracie, Emery, Ezra, and Eli Skaggs, Paisley Ori, Waylon and Tanner Hall, R.J., Kynleigh, and Graham Key, and Hayden, Meghan and Charleigh Smith; son-in-law, Stephen Skaggs; brothers, Clifford “Sonny” Tippy of Lake of Egypt, and David (Jane) Tippy of Murphysboro; and nieces, nephews, cousins.
Mary was preceded in death by her parents; husband; sister, Ruth Thomas; and great-granddaughter, Kylee Smith.
She had worked at J.C. Penney in the catalog department as well as for Williamson County Circuit Court for 4 years.
Mary loved life! She was a people person who never met a stranger! She loved watching the Cardinals win, fishing, trips to Wal-mart, trips to the boat gambling and in her youth she enjoyed bowling.
Mary had owned a restaurant in Cambria called Maribobs, that she and her husband had opened in the early 80’s. Mary had a passion for food-both eating and cooking it-for others. She never missed a birthday for any of the residents of her nephew Larry’s group home in West Frankfort baking cupcakes for them all. Her greatest joy was her family. She was happiest when she was with them. She loved her kids, grandkids and great- grandkids and she truly was a “great” grandmother to them all.
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