Appendix 7: Obituary of Edith Barkus:

S. W. Iowa Deaths (Unknown newspaper)

Rites Wednesday for Edith Barkus

Funeral for Mrs. Edith Barkus, 69, will be held Wednesday at 2 p.m. at Mansfield Funeral Home. The Rev. John Lippincott will officiate and burial will be in the Malvern Cemetery.

She died Monday in a Des Moines hospital following a short illness. She had gone to Newton to spend the holidays and suffered a stroke and was hospitalized at Des Moines.

Mrs. Barkus was a lifelong resident of Malvern.

Survivors include one daughter, Mrs. Maynard Jones, Newton; three sisters, Mrs. Bertha Talbot, Mrs. Mary Ranne and Mrs. Ruth Adkins, all of Malvern; four grandchildren.

Obituary for Edith Barkus, probably from the Malvern Leader

Funeral services for Edith L. Barkus were held Wednesday, Jan. 3 at 2 p.m. at Mansfield Funeral Home, the Rev. John A. Lippincott, officiant.

Casket bearers were L.A. Hall, R. D. Mansfield, Glen Adkins, Robert Green, W. D. Baer
and Edel Knight.

Caring for the beautiful floral tributes were Mrs. Cliff Mackey, Mrs. John Hall, Mrs. Marving Pontow and Mrs. Ralph Scott. Mrs. F. A. Wortman furnished the music.

Internment was in the Malvern Cemetery.

The following life sketch was read:

Edith Laraway Bushnell was born near Malvern June 18, 1892. She was one of seven children born to Elisha Wm. and Anzo Etta Bushnell. She passed away in Des Moines on Jan. 1, 1962, following a two week illness.

She attended school in Glenwood and graduated from Glenwood high school in 1912.

On July 5, 1920 she was united in marriage to Louis A. Barkus. They made their home in Malvern. One daughter, Betty Lou, was born of this union. Her husband, Louis, preceded her in death in February, 1944.

Edith was noted for her kindness of heart and caring for others, especially older people. She cared for her husband through his last years. She ministered to the needs of her mother, who for the last seven years was bed-fast. She was always among the first to help in caring for others.

Her zest for living and her love of her child and grandchildren, as well as other young people is well known.

She was a member of the Methodist church and Royal Neighbor Lodge. She had been a member of the Order of the Eastern Star and served as secretary for 17 years.

She leaves to mourn her passing, her daughter Betty Lou, son-in-law Dr. M. L. Jones and four grandchildren, Kendra, Marna, Jeffrey and Todd, all of whom she loved dearly. Also she leaves to mourn her sisters Bertha Talbott, Mary Ranne and Ruth Adkins, all of Malvern and nieces, nephews and a host of friends.