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Mary Ann Barnes

d. November 29, 2021

Mary Ann Barnes, age 73, of Springfield, passed away Monday, November 29, 2021 at St. John’s Hospital in Springfield.

She was born December 25, 1947 in Taylorville, the daughter of Harold and Alice (Cox) Wagehoft.

Mary Ann married Danny Barnes on August 7, 1971 at the Lutheran Church in Harvel, Illinois.

Mourning her passing are husband, Danny; a son, Grant (Crystal) Barnes; a daughter, Heather (Joe) White; four grandchildren, Grace, Olivia, Emma and Madeline, a brother, Bob Wagehoft sister Karen (Roy) King; and several nieces, nephews, and cousins.

She is preceded in death by a son, Eric in 1990.

Mary Ann graduated from Morrisonville High School in 1966.

She later worked for the State of Illinois Department of Transportation as a secretary for over 25 years.

Mary Ann was an active member of Good Shepherd Lutheran Church in Sherman, where she helped and filled-in for many ministries, including the “Card” ministry.

She loved sewing and to make many items for the church, including baptismal banners and keepsakes for the preschool kids and shut-ins.

A private family services will be held.  Memorial services for Mary Ann for the public will be held at a later date.  Burial will be held at Camp Butler National Cemetery in Springfield.

Memorial contributions can be made to the Good Shepherd Lutheran Church in Sherman.

Mott & Henning Funeral Home is assisting the family. On-line condolences can be shared at


  1. How Mary Ann will be missed at Good Shepherd. She had so much love to give. She was so faithful with her card ministry., remembering each members birthday and anniversary and sending get well cards. I will treasure the birthday card she must have mailed before going to the hospital.
    She was so proud of her “princesses” and loved her time with them.
    May God comfort you, Danny, And all of your family.

    Delores and Earl Fowler

  2. Mary Ann was a blessing. I loved her smile and her warm greetings and her enthusiasm. In my Facebook memories today there was a picture of her helping her granddaughters decorate the Chrismon tree in the church sanctuary a few years ago. She had a huge smile on her face… So Mary Ann, May God bless and comfort your entire family.
    Angie Peifer

  3. My heart is very heavy right now. Mary Ann and Danny were out best friends when my husband Frank was alive. We had so many good times. I’m comforted to know she was a child of God. She lived her testimony. Family was her priority and I know she is in a better place! My condolences to the Barnes family in their time of need. I will see you again my friend!

  4. So saddened to hear this. I’m so glad we all were able to get together to celebrate our 50th class reunion 5 yrs. ago. I know those granddaughters were your pride and joy and they will miss you so much, May the Lord wrap your loved ones in His loving care. Until we meet again, my friend.

  5. Danny & Family,
    So sorry to hear about Mary Ann. Heaven just gained a wonderful angel 😇.
    May the Lord give you strength and that peace that passes all understanding.

    Gayle & Roger Behl

  6. Danny and families. You have our heartfelt sympathy. I enjoyed knowing Mary Ann and I will miss her Facebook posts. Love and hugs to all of you. Raymond and Myra Wagehoft, 1st cousin.

  7. Danny our heart is so saddened to hear the news of Maryann passing. Will always remember her smiling face. She was a great mom,grandmother, wife and friend. She will always be remembered never forgotten. Her and Eric are waiting for all us to come home. Your family are in our prayers.

  8. Danny & family, my deepest sympathies on the passing of Mary Ann. We worked together at IDOT District 6 for several years and I always found her upbeat, funny and a true bright spot in the building. She will be sorely missed by all who knew her.

    Pat Gietl

  9. We will always cherish the baptismal banners you made for our granddaughters. I always enjoyed your cards and many chats with us at church. You were always so good to ask about our grandchildren and sons. And always made sure to get cards to Jared in the military! I loved saving cards for you! And we always offered to help you with postage to which you said “it is our gift.” I will miss talking with you about Morrisonville and the special bond we shared when both of our sons served their countries. Danny our hearts are with you and the entire family. She was an angel in every way. I loved your granddaughter posts. Oh how you loved them. We will both miss her smiling at us in church and her kindness. Miss you already Mary Ann. Til we meet again !!!!

  10. Danny and family am so sorry for your loss I will miss Mary Ann she was my best friend am so shocked Danny hinds

  11. We are so sorry to hear of Mary Ann’s passing. So many wonderful memories with her and Danny and my parents. She will be missed. Our love and prayers for the Barnes family.

    Jackie & Nate

  12. Danny and family,
    Heaven has gained a special angel. Mary Ann was so caring and thoughtful. I enjoyed the cards she sent, the special bookmarks she made, and the hugs, especially while we both had boys in the military. She will be missed. Danny, our thoughts and prayers are with you. Kevin and Rita Schultz

  13. Danny and family,

    I know that you all are really hurting right now with the loss of your wife, mom, and sister. I truly am sorry that Mrs. Mary is gone, that is what I called her at work. She was always so sweet to me and always gave me the best advice. At one time I’d just miscarried my daughter and I was so brokenhearted she prayed with me, and comforted me. She told me that my baby was with God and truly was a gift and that in due time I would have another child. She was right, I had two more! I will miss her smile, it truly glowed and made my day, I often would take my break and make my rounds around the building just so I could run into Mrs. Mary. She is a gift to everyone who ever crossed her path and will truly be missed. I pray a blessing for you all in this time of mourning that you continue to feel her love and the grace and love of our heavenly father and his son Jesus Christ, she’s with him now , A most deserving and beautiful soul has gone heaven, even though we are sad for her leaving I hope that knowing that will also bring you comfort one day..

    You are in my thoughts and prayers,

    Tomicia Ellis

  14. We are devastated to hear this news about Mary Ann’s passing. She was a great family friend, and someone we always enjoyed speaking with. Our favorite memory of Mary Ann was when she knitted and gave a yellow blanket to our youngest daughter after her birth. She carried that blanket with her throughout her toddler years, and it was her best friend.

    Mary Ann will always have a place in our hearts.

    With love & deepest condolences,

    Donnie and Beth Edwards (Alex, Abbey, and Allie)

  15. Danny & Family, so saddened to hear of Mary Ann’s passing but so consoling knowing Mary Ann is in the arms of her Lord and Savior. As cousins, there were good, fun times together growing up and are now memories to cherish. “The Lord is close to the broken-hearted.” Psalm 34:18.
    Allen & Irene (Wagehoft) Johnson
    1st Cousin

  16. Danny, I was both shocked and saddened when I heard of Mary Ann’s passing. My deepest condolences to you and your family. May your wonderful memories bring you peace.

  17. I am sorry to hear about MaryAnn. Had great times in Talledega. Going to their house for get togethers.
    My prayers and condolences for her family

  18. Danny, Heather, Grant and family, So sad when Bridget called me about Maryann’s passing. She always had that welcoming smile when I was around her and I enjoyed the visits when I stopped by. She was so very special to all. It is so hard no matter when you lose someone you love. I will keep you’all in my prayers and if you need anything please call.

  19. Danny & Family
    So sorry for your loss . My thoughts and prayers are with you.
    I truly enjoyed working with Mary Ann at District 6.
    She always had a word of encouragement and a smile for everyone. her family was so important to her .
    She will be missed
    Jan Pisani

  20. My heart is filled with love and sorrow for you all. Mary Ann was a definite joy to be around. She has left such a large Christian footprint on this earth. Lord’s comfort for all of you.

  21. I am so sorry for your loss. Mary Ann was a pleasure to work with and generally be around. She clearly had and expressed great love for her family, particularly her princesses, but truly loved and enjoyed her entire family. I know that she will physically missed but will always be with you.

  22. Danny and family,
    I am so sorry for your loss. Mary Ann was such a very lovely lady . I still remember babysitting for the kids. Prayers and hugs to the family.

  23. Our thoughts and prayers are with the family. Mary Ann was a very special person who will be missed by many!

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