1942 – 2022
Phyllis I. "MeMom" Barnes, 80, of Cranberry Township, formerly of Monroeton, Pa., passed away peacefully on Saturday, Sept. 10, 2022, surrounded by her loved ones.
Phyllis was born in Towanda, Pa., on Aug. 6, 1942, and was the daughter of the late Arthur (Ralph) and Susie Kirkendall.
She was a 1960 graduate of Towanda Area High School.
She had worked at the Towanda Corset Company, and later worked at Osram Sylvania, where she retired in August 2000.
In her early years, she spent a great amount of time dancing, gardening, baking and canning. After retirement, she spent time learning about different birds while bird watching, puzzling, crafting and sewing, and much reading on her Nook and Paperwhite. She enjoyed family visits from immediate and extended family members. Her true passion was sports. At one time, she loved the New England Patriots and the New York Yankees. However, once taking up residency in the Pittsburgh area, it did not take long for her to become an avid fan of the Pittsburgh Steelers and Pirates. She was lucky enough to make appearances at Heinz Field and PNC Park to enjoy watching both her teams play.
To pass the time during the day, she joined a special program, the My Day Out Adult program, at The Lutheran Senior Life Passavant Community Center in Zelienople. At My Day Out she met many friends whom she quickly considered family. Together they played games, exercised, enjoyed music, crafted and enjoyed each other's company. This was a blessing for all.
Phyllis is survived by her children, Paula (Larry) Vail, William (Missy) Shults, Gunnar (Carrie) Shults, Shannon (Rich) Shoemaker and Jake (Jessica) Barnes; and her dear brother, Dean (Helen) Kirkendall.
She is also survived by 19 grandchildren and 25 great-grandchildren, with two more whose arrival she was excitedly awaiting, Baby Shults and Baby Shearer.
Phyllis also had many beloved nieces and nephews.
Sadly, she was preceded in death by her son, Mark Shults.
BARNES – A graveside service for Phyllis I. "MeMom" Barnes, who died Saturday, Sept. 10, 2022, will be held at 2 p.m. Saturday, Nov. 5, 2022, at the Mountain Lake Cemetery in Burlington, Pa., with Tom Blackall officiating.
Following the service, the family will have a private celebration of life gathering.
Private arrangements were entrusted to PITTSBURGH CREMATION & FUNERAL CARE, Robinson Township.
The family suggests that memorial contributions please be directed to The Lutheran Senior Life Foundation in memory of Phyllis I. Barnes at www.lutheranseniorlife.org/donate.
To view and sign the family's online guest book visit www.pittsburghcremation.com.
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