Mary Ellen Barth was born April 10, 1931, to

Robert and Ruth Jefferis in Chatfield. Mary married Lewis Barth June 10,

1949 in Elgin. Mary and Lewis lived on the family farm south of Preston from

1949 to 1974 until they moved into town. Mary was a resident of the

Stewartville Care Center from January 2011 until her passing on Tuesday,

Oct. 23, 2012 at the Olmsted Medical Center Hospital.

Mary was involved in the Chatfield Brass Band, Bucksnort Symphony,

American Legion Auxiliary, VFW Auxiliary, Mississippi Sippers, election

judge, 4-H (Preston Hilltoppers) Leader, "Streaker" and a Sunday School and

Bible School teacher at Christ Lutheran Church. She enjoyed reading,

crocheting, knitting, and needlework.

Mary is survived by her children, Robert (Judy) Barth of Arcadia Wis., Gary

Barth of Newark Ill., John (Linda) Barth of Eden Prairie, Richard Barth of

Spring Valley, and Amy Barth of Burnsville; ten grandchildren, Chad (Karly)

Barth, Peter Barth, Sarah Barth, Kimberly Sonnabend, Diane (Matt) Bowron,

Emily Sonnabend, Steven Sonnabend, Kyle Barth, Kassie Barth, Luke Barth; one

great-grandchild, Kelly Barth; sisters, Roberta (Rodney) Copeman, Marlene

(Glen) Hisey and Judy Stites all of Chatfield; and two brothers, Mallory

Jefferis of Colorado Springs, Colo., and Michael Jefferis of Minneapolis.

She was preceded in death by her husband, Lewis; daughter, Susan

Sonnabend; brother, Thomas Jefferis; and parents, Robert and Ruth Jefferis.

The funeral was Saturday, Oct. 27, 2012, at Christ Lutheran Church in

Preston with Rev. Dave Jore officiating. Burial was in Crown Hill Cemetery

in Preston.

Thauwald Funeral Home in Preston assisted the family with arrangements.