Julia Barttrum

Wednesday, January 28, 2015

Julia Gladys Barttrum, 99, lifelong resident of Monett, passed away on Tuesday, Jan. 27, at Lacoba Homes in Monett.

Julia was born on September 10, 1915, in Monett, daughter of the late Stephen and Mary (Bertalot) Balmas. Julia had attended schools in Monett and had worked for several years in the cafeteria at the school before her retirement. She was a faithful member of Waldensian Presbyterian Church and was involved with the Ladies Aid for a number of years. In her free time, Julia also enjoyed quilting.

On April 29, 1936, Julia and Wayne L. Barttrum were united in marriage. To this union, three children were born. Wayne preceded her in death on September 23, 2001. Julia was also preceded in death by two sons, George and Jimmy Barttrum; one brother, Albert Balmas; and two sisters, Florence Spain and Wilma Balmas.

Survivors include her daughter, Mary McMeley and her husband, Raymond, of Pierce City; three grandchildren, Mark McMeley, of Buenos Aires, Argentina, Mike McMeley and his wife, Cindy, of Springfield, and Brian McMeley and his wife, Christen, of Washington, D.C.; four great-grandchildren, Sam, Benjamin, Zachary and Cameron McMeley; two sisters, Leona Clapper, of Monett and Lena Roberts, of Excelsior Springs; and a host of nieces and nephews.

Funeral services will be held at 10:30 a.m. Saturday, Jan. 31, at Waldensian Presbyterian Church, Monett. Reverend Vicki L. Evans will officiate. Interment will be at Waldensian Cemetery, Monett.

Visitation will be held from 6 to 8 p.m. Friday, Jan. 30, at the funeral home.

Memorial contributions can be made to Waldensian General Fund in care of the funeral home.

Arrangements are under the direction of Buchanan Funeral Home, Monett.

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