COLUMBIA — Orpha M. Barnes died Saturday, Dec. 11, 2010, at the Boone County Health Center in Columbia. She was 85.
"She was a very generous person," said Marvin "Leon" Richardson, her brother. "That's what I remember about her."
She was born Oct. 23, 1925,to Marvin and Corinne (Welsh) Richardson. She was married at age 18 to A.C. Barnes on May 24, 1944.
In 1954 Mrs. Barnes was baptized as one of Jehovah's Witnesses, a faith that was introduced to her by her father, according to Richardson.
"She was very active in our door-to-door ministry," Richardson said. She attended meetings regularly and had a very strong faith, he added.
In addition, Mrs. Barnes loved animals — quarter horses and Australian Shepherds in particular. She enjoyed raising baby animals, such as her puppies and even several squirrels that needed loving attention.
She will be remembered as a humorous, spunky individual, a great cook and a loving aunt to her siblings' children.
Mrs. Barnes is survived by four brothers, Bill Richardson of Dallas; Carson Richardson; PL Richardson of Humansville; and Marvin "Leon" Richardson of Fulton.
Her husband and one brother, Bob Richardson, died earlier.
Services are to be held at 4 p.m. on Saturday, Dec.18, at the Kingdom Hall of Jehovah's Witnesses, 1600 Rice Road, in Fulton.
Online condolences may be left at www.parkerfuneralservice.com.