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  • Mary (Dell) Adell Barnes

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  • Mary (Dell) Adell Barnes, 89, passed away Monday, March 25, 2013 in Medford, Ore. with family members by her side.
    Dell was born September 21, 1923 in Castle Dale, Utah. She was the third of five children born to Jerome (Lome) Asay Jr. and Mary Louise Jensen. She was preceded in death by her brothers, Gene and Lynn Asay.
    Dell graduated Dixie High School in St. George, Utah in 1942. After graduation she moved to California with other family members to assist the WWII effort. Dell was a Rosie the Riveter for Douglas Aircraft in Southern California and always had a huge smile when she saw Rosie the Riveter posters, That was us! she would say.
    Dell was preceded in death by three husbands, all of whom served their country honorably. She married Weldon Bill Empey in 1945. They had four children, Mary Louise, Billie Renee, Weldon Jay, and Ver-Dawn. Weldon (Bill) later served in Korea and was a decorated war hero. Their primary residence was Henderson, Nev.
    In July of 1972, Dell married Ernest Hartwell, of Las Vegas, Nev. They shared a zest for life, a love of dance and art, and enjoyed many years together.
    After losing Ernie, Dell moved to Southern Oregon to be with her youngest child, Ver-Dawn (Dawn) Bywater and her family. She established Mrs. Dell's Mend Shop in Medford, and met James (Jim) McDowell Barnes, of Merrill, Ore. at a senior center dance. They married in 1998. Jim had served as a councilman for Klamath City for many years. He and his father established Farmer's Sand and Gravel which continues to serve the Klamath Basin today. Dell and Jim enjoyed retirement, dancing and traveling together. They later moved from Merrill to Medford, Ore.
    Dell believed in hard work, creativity, and enjoyed helping others. Her jobs and businesses ranged from seamstress, artist, published photographer, event caterer, and dancer. She served her church in many capacities including relief society president, primary president, and, as drama director, she choreographed four variety shows, one of which took first place in a tri-state area.
    Surviving family members include her sisters, Genevieve Smith and Fern Prisby; sister-in-law, Nellie Asay; daughters, Mary Louise Gay and Ver-Dawn Bywater-Parkinson; grandchildren Candice Bryner-Simonsen, Kenneth Bryner, Danica Daniels, James White, Jason White, Teena Empey, Sheldon Bywater, Sharon Bywater-Reyes, Jamie Parkinson, Alicia Dillon, and Eric Parkinson; and many great grandchildren.
    Mary Adell is respected, remembered, loved, and supported by many who are not mentioned here.
    A memorial service will be held at 12:00 p.m., April 20, 2013, at the Church of Latter Day Saints, 2141 Brookhust Ave, Medford, Ore. We all love and miss you Dell!
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