Friday, September 17, 2010 at 10:00 a.m. at Waters Funeral Chapel, 500 S. Main Street in Vandalia, Missouri 63382.
Officiating will be: Rev. Joel A. Kreuger
Music provided by: chapel music
Interment will be in the Mt. Olivet Cemetery.
Pallbearers: Jeff Hopke, A.J. Hopke, Mercedes Heaton, Tony Kaufman, Dylan Kaufman and Jon Barnes.
Ruth Nell (Barnes) Heaton passed away at 7:30 p.m. on Tuesday September 14, 2010 at The Barnes Jewish Hospital in St. Louis, Missouri. She was a lifelong Vandalia area resident, moving to Mexico, Missouri in 1992 when she and her husband retired. Ruth was a member of the St. John Lutheran Church in Mexico and active in the Lutheran Womens' Guild. She was also active in the foster grandparent program at Hawthorne Elementary School in Mexico. Ruth Nell enjoyed quiltmaking, sewing, crafts and refinishing old furniture.
Born: December 13, 1930 in rural Vandalia, Missouri the daughter of Henry Roland and Mary Hazel (Jerman) Barnes.
Married: Donald Edwin Heaton on November 26, 1949 in Wellsville, Missouri; he preceded her in death on May 12, 2003.
Survivors include: two sons, Darryl Heaton and his fiancee, Dr. Deborah Blain of Mexico; Darwin and wife, Janice Heaton of Centralia, Missouri; three daughters: Sharon and husband Scott Swales of Shelocta, Pennsylvania; Debra and husband, Tony Kaufman of Mexico; Donita and husband, Dan Hopke of rural Vandalia; five brothers: Ronald Barnes of Mexico; Ramon Barnes of Vandalia; Dwayne Barnes of Farber; Danny Barnes of Vandalia and Dennis Barnes of Vandalia; one sister, Barbara Voss of Ft. Collins, Colorado; six grandchildren: Heather Heaton, Mercedes Heaton, Jeff Hopke, A. J. Hopke, Maggie Kaufman and Dylan Kaufman.
Preceded in death by: parents; husband, Donald; one granddaughter, Beth Heaton in 1987.
Memorials are encouraged to the HELP Center in Mexico, Missouri 65265 or to the Mt. Olivet Presbyterian Church.