Mary F. (Dirksen) Barnhart, 66, Oregon, passed away June 27, 2013 after a long and courageous battle with cancer.
She was born May 19, 1947 in Oregon, the daughter of Ernest and Ethel (Holby) Dirksen.
She graduated from Oregon High School in 1965, where she met her husband Reuben H. Barnhart III.
They were married in March of 1966 at the Oregon United Methodist Church.
Mary was a licensed day care provider for many years until they moved to Marion, Ohio in 1987, where they lived for two years until moving to Braidwood in 1989.
They stayed in Braidwood until they retired in 2005 and moved back home to Oregon.
Mary spent her time with her soul mate Reuben and her three children and six grandchildren.
She never missed an opportunity to support her family whether at a sporting or school activity, a holiday, or making someone chicken noodle soup when they were sick.
Her family was her life and she will be missed more than we ever thought possible.
She is preceded in death by her parents, Ernest and Ethel Dirksen; and her nephew, Dean Dirksen.
She is survived by her husband, Reuben H. Barnhart III; her children, Lisa (David) Boehle, Reuben "Andy" (Kendra) Barnhart, Diana (Chris) Weber; grandchildren, Megan Boehle, Nik, Hunter, and Andrew Barnhart, Allison and Katelyn Weber, all of Oregon; her brother, Don (Gail) Dirksen, Oregon; her mother and father-in-law, Reuben Jr. and Delores Barnhart, Oregon; brothers-in-law, Steve (Deb) Barnhart, Florida, and Tim (Deb) Barnhart, Oregon; sister-in-law, Beth (Steve) DuBois, Iowa; and many special cousins, nieces, and nephews.
Funeral services wiil be held Tuesday, July 2 at Farrell-Holland-Gale Funeral Home, 110 S. Seventh St., Oregon, with Pastor Gary Blobaum officiating.
Burial will be in the Riverview Cemetery, Oregon.
Memorials may be sent to Serenity Hospice & Home, Oregon.
Visit www.farrellhollandgale.com to send online condolences.