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Mary Barnes

October 20, 1951 - April 7, 2023

Burial Date April 14, 2023

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Mary “Molly” (O’Brien) Barnes, 71 of Lima, passed away April 7, 2023, at Mercy Health – St. Rita’s Medical Center, with her loving family by her side.

Molly was born October 20, 1951 in Lima, to Joseph and Evelyn (Murphy) O’Brien, who preceded her in death.

Molly was a 1969 graduate of Lima Central Catholic High School. She was the former owner of O’Brien’s Market and she had her own in-home child care provider business until her retirement in 2011. Molly was a member of St. Gerard Catholic Church and the VFW Post 1275 Auxiliary for many years. She was very proud of her Irish heritage. Molly was the Grand Marshall of the Lima Irish Day Parade in 2016 and she served on the parade committee for many years. She spent a lot of free time volunteering at bingo and she was an avid reader. Molly was crowned the Robb Park Freckle Queen as a child. She enjoyed working in her garden and she proudly volunteered her time to help veterans and several veteran causes. Most of all, Molly enjoyed spending time with her family and friends whom she dearly loved and her grandchildren who held a special place in her heart.

She is survived by her daughters, Emily (Alan) Bagdonas and Katie Johnson; grandchildren, Blake, Peyton, McKenna, Brooke, Benjamin, Preston, Collin and Connor; a great-grandchild on the way; siblings, Kathleen (Richard) Seitz, Marna (Dean) Adamian, Peg Graham and John (Erin) O’Brien and her close friends, Amy and Shelly Steger.

In addition to her parents, Molly is preceded in death by her son, Joe Barnes and her brothers, Martin O’Brien, Daniel O’Brien and Terry O’Brien.

Mass of Christian Burial will be held at 11:00 AM on Friday, April 14, 2023 at St. Gerard Catholic Church with Father Mike Sergi to officiate the service. Burial will be in Gethsemani Cemetery at a later date.

Visitation will be Thursday, April 13, 2023, from 2:00 PM to 4:00 PM and 6:00 PM to 8:00 PM at CHILES-LAMAN FUNERAL & CREMATION SERVICES – SHAWNEE CHAPEL. There will be a Wake Service at 7:30 PM at the funeral home.

Memorial contributions may be made to the Veteran’s Food Pantry of Northwest Ohio, 810 W. North St., Lima, OH 45801.

Condolences may be expressed to the family at www.chiles-lamanfh.com.


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