Mary Catherine “Cathy” Barnes, 78, Hays, died Monday, Sept. 5, 2016, at Hays Medical Center.

She was born March 8, 1938, northwest of Schoenchen, to Wendelin and Brigitta (Dinges) Werth.

She married Tom R. Barnes on Aug. 1, 1955, in Schoenchen. He preceded her in death on April 4, 2006. She was a rancher, farmer, independent oil and gas producer, and loved working cattle, fixing fence, or doing whatever needed done on the farm.

She was a gifted accordion player, yodeler, and vocalist, and loved music and tending to her garden. She was an avid diary keeper, and was a former Ellis County Mother of the Year.

She was a member of Our Lady Help of Christians Catholic Church in Antonino, and the parish Christian Mothers.

Survivors include five sons, John T. Barnes and wife, Mary L., Hays, Stephen R. Barnes and wife, Kim S., Hays, Howard W. Barnes and wife, Lucy, Yocemento, Tom R. Barnes II and wife, Lori, Topeka, and Wilfred T. “Willie” Barnes, Hays; three daughters, Tamera A. Lang and husband, Wayne, Hays, Glenda A. Grosnick, Ocala, Fla.,and Ronda A. Hall and Ron, Enid, Okla.; and a adopted son, Tyron J. Barnes, Sarasota, Fla.; four brothers; Linus Werth, Victoria, Donald Werth and wife, Charlotte, Hays, LeRoy Werth and wife, Christa, Schoenchen, and Paul Werth and wife, Donna, Great Bend; three sisters, Laura Klaus, Hays, Clarice Stoecklein, Ness City, and Dorothy Moeder and husband, John, Hays; 16 grandchildren, Dick Barnes and wife Amy, Mark, Clint, Danielle, Hayley, Jesse, John, Brandi, Bailey, Kirsten, Kendra, Nathan, Dustin, Joshua, and Jared Barnes and Joy Long and husband ,Jacob; four great-grandchildren; Jaycey, Bentley, Macy, and Makenzie; and numerous nieces and nephews.

She was preceded in death by her parent;, and her siblings; Ralph Werth, Joyce Klaus, and Vera Schuckman.

Services will be at 10 a.m. Wednesday at Our Lady Help of Christians Catholic Church, Antonino; burial in the church cemetery.

Visitation will be from 4 to 8 p.m. Tuesday and from 8:30 until 9:30 a.m. Wednesday, both at the Hays Memorial Chapel Funeral Home, 1906 Pine, Hays, KS 67601.

A St. Christian Mothers rosary will be at 6 p.m., another rosary will be at 6:30 p.m., followed by a vigil at 7 p.m. Tuesday, both at the funeral home.

Memorials are suggested to the Sisters of St. Joseph, Concordia in care of the funeral home.

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