Mamie Barnwell

Jun 2nd, 1934 - Apr 26th, 2018


Goddard Chapel

Fri, May. 4th, 2018 12:00 PM - 2:00 PM


Goddard Chapel

Fri, May. 4th, 2018 2:00 PM

Mamie Barnwell

Mamie Barnwell, affectionately known as “MiMi”, of Marion, died at home surrounded by her family, on Thursday, April 26, 2018, at the age of 83.

Mamie was born on June 2, 1934 in Marion, to Charles V. and Pearl (Scrow) Pippie. She attended Marion schools and graduated from Marion High School in 1954. She married Paul S. Barnwell on March 21, 1959 at the First United Methodist Church, and he survives.

Mamie worked at a watermelon stand in her younger days, where she met Paul. She later worked at Universal Match, and owned “Babe’s”, a used furniture store. She retired from Olin Corporation in 1996. She also sold Avon for many years.

Mamie loved to cook, and was well known for her delicious red velvet cake, her dumplings, and her wonderful Sicilian spaghetti. She was passionate about opera. She loved to go to antiques stores and garage sales, and collected many pieces of fine furniture and knick-knacks over the years. Mamie never failed to speak her mind, and always stood up for what she believed. She wore Estee Lauder perfume. She was so funny! She had an infectious laugh, and was kind and generous, especially  to her family. She was everyone’s favorite aunt. Mamie loved her many dachshunds; Kati, her Shih-Tzu; and ChiChi, her Peki-Chi.

Left to mourn her passing are her husband of 59 years, Paul; son Samuel W. Barnwell of Marion; daughter Laura A. Barnwell Sims of Marion; grandson Anthony Sims of Eldorado, grandson Austin Sims of Arkansas, and granddaughter Stephanie Jennings of Royalton; great-grandchildren Austyn, Addy, and Aiden Sims; sister Maryann Reggio of LaGrange, Illinois; beloved nieces Valerie Mabry of Benton, and Maria Barnwell Hafford of Marion; beloved nephews Vince Kelly, Sal Reggio, Mitch Kane, Todd Kelly; and other nieces. The family wishes to extend a special thank-you to Linda Smith-Duncan from Hospice of Southern Illinois.

Mamie was preceded in death by her parents; two sisters, Jo “Tottie” Kane, and Pearl “Jumbo” Kelly; and brothers-in-law Gene Kane and Vito Reggio.

A memorial service will be held at 2:00 p.m. on Friday, May 4, 2018, at Goddard Chapel at Rose Hill Cemetery in Marion with Rev. Charles Fox officiating. Visitation will be on Friday at noon until 2:00 p.m. in Goddard Chapel. Final arrangements are being handled by Mitchell-Hughes Funeral Home of Marion.

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5 Guestbook Messages

  • Guest: Tammy (Jennings) Haseker

    From: Creal Springs, Illinois

    Date: April 27, 2018

    So sorry for your loss. Your family will be in my prayers. Mamie was a wonderful person. We spent a lot of time with her and family when I was a child. She was always so cheerful and pleasant to be around. If there is anything we can do to help, just let us know. Tammy (Jennings) Haseker.

  • Guest: Brenda (Jennings) Buttrum

    From: Pittsburg, Illinois

    Date: April 28, 2018

    Sammy,Paul and Laura, y’all are in my thoughts and prayers. I will always have the memories of our two families growing up together. I enjoyed listening to our moms stories of the two of them growing up together on Court Street. Mamie was a fashion goddess’s! If we can do anything for y’all,like a shoulder to lean on, we are here for you!

  • Guest: Richard and Kelley Eubanks

    From: Whittington , Illinois

    Date: April 29, 2018

    Richard and I send our condolences to you and your family Val. We are very sorry for your loss, she sounded like she was a wonderful person. I know you have many great memories of her so keep them close to your heart as she will always be with you right there. Richard and Kelley Eubanks

  • Guest: Sam Owens & Aiden Sims

    From: Johnston City, Illinois

    Date: May 1, 2018

    I know we all have such wonderful treasured memories of Meeme, even moreso now, but mostly because she was and is always such an unforgettable woman- equally full of love, laughs, and sass. Walking through her door, with Anthony and baby Aiden, ALWAYS lit her face up. Her troubles were never a concern, she was always there to help everyone else comfort theirs I loved her stories. May we all live a little more like MeeMe.
    Sending love& prayers.

  • Guest: Deanne Thompson

    From: Wilmington, North Carolina

    Date: June 15, 2018

    Growing up as many of us girls did we considered Mamie a second mom. I loved her beautiful hair silly laugh and her sass love you Paul Sammy and Laura…..big D