Vada Lawrence, age 86, of Big Flat, died at Marion County Hospital October 20.
She was born at Alco May 26, 1894, a daughter of the late Sam and Janie Berry Barnes.
Survivors are three sons, Marvin of Marshall, Paul and James of Big Flat; four daughters, Mrs. Gertrude Sutterfield, Big Flat, Mrs. Ruth Treat, Lowell, Mrs. Lenora McGregory, Clarksville, Tennessee and Mrs. Robbie Lee, Centralia, Missouri; three brothers, Corbit Barnes, Mountain View, Walter Barnes, Bakersfield, California and Arthur Barnes, Bull Shoals; 22 grandchildren, 25 great grandchildren and one great great grandchild.
Funeral was October 22 at the Big Flat Assembly of God Church, Rev. O’Neal Nessler officiating. Burial was in Freeman Cemetery under direction of North Arkansas Funeral Home of Marshall.
Pallbearers were Nobe Sutterfield, Otis Ferguson, Allen Wallace, J.C. Jones, Odell Morrow and Randolph Boyd.
Vada Barnes Lawrence was my Great-Grandmother. I knew her only slightly because she lived in Big Flat, Arkansas and only visited my grandmother a few times that I remember. We did make at least one visit to her home that I can recall. I think it was near her birthday and my Grandmother wanted to visit her mother so Mom and Dad and us kids went with them. There was some big celebration for something in the town or nearby and we all went to it. I remember signing and a barbque.
Mostly I remember visiting with my Great-Grandmother in her home that weekend. She lived in an old home that didn’t have running water. This was in the mid to late 1970s and she still had an outhouse! The heat for the home came from this old woodstove in the middle of the living room. I think she also cooked there but there may have been another stove somewhere in the house for cooking and I am just not remembering it. She was a kind woman.
She was very proud of her flowers and we had some photos taken in front of her rosebushes. Her brother Samuel Corbin Barnes was also visiting that weekend. The photo is Corbin and Vada Barnes with me, my brother and my sister during that visit. (At least he visited her house, I don’t know if he lived in the area at the time or if he was visiting from out of town.)
She was a great quilter and crafter. My mother still has some of her quilts, embroidered, sewed, and crocheted items. They were simple items made for use not decoration but the apron and handkerchiefs had embroidery to make them pretty too.
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