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Amelia Maye Shown Barnes

In Obituaries by OC Monitor Staff

BEAVER DAM, Ky. — Amelia Maye Shown Barnes, of Beaver Dam, went to be with the Lord from the Ohio County Hospital Tuesday, April 23, 2019. Maye was born to Beaula Lea Shown and Hollon Thomas Shown Dec. 23, 1924, in her parents home next door where her grandson, Michael, now lives with his two sons. Maye was 94 years old.

Maye was “Mema” to everyone who ever came to her home. She loved everyone.

Maye was an active member of the Goshen Methodist Church all of her life. She held many positions including being the piano player until her health stopped her.
She was a legal secretary for Martin & Martin Law Offices, then a circuit court reporter for Ohio, Butler, Edmonson, and Hancock counties for 20 years. She also owned the Leader Newspaper and was a foster parent for several years.

She loved to travel the United States especially with her sister Pheobe (and John) Parker. She liked to read and with her court reporting job she had gained a huge vocabulary. Even though she lost most of her eyesight she remained alert with a sharp wit her entire life.

She was preceded in death by her parents and two sisters, Pheobe Parker and Hannah Belle Daniel.

She is survived by her two children, Jerry Elmer (Vicky) Barnes, of Titusville, Florida, and Shirley Kaye (Larry) Ferguson, of Beaver Dam; two grandchildren, Debra Ann (Brian) McBride and Michael McKenney; two stepgrandchildren, Tracy Ann (Tony) Evitts and Will Ferguson; a foster grandson, Paul (Marilyn) Frady; four great-grandchildren, Nicholas and Russell McKenney, and Finn and Maeve McBride; three great step-grandchildren, Sarah Ferguson, Matthew and Laura Evitts; and one foster great-grandchild, Autum Frady.

Viewing will start at 4 p.m. Friday, April 26, and services will be Saturday, April 27, at 11 a.m. at Bevil Bros. Funeral Home in Beaver Dam with Anthony “Tony” Evitts officiating. Burial will be at the Goshen Church Cemetery. Family and friends are invited to go to the Goshen Church immediately after for lunch.

Family request donations be made to the “Goshen Cemetery Fund” C/O Shirley Ferguson, P.O. Box 431, Hartford, KY 42347

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