Barbara Ann Kerns 85, St. Joseph, MO

Published 03/31 2014 09:00AM

Updated 03/31 2014 09:03AM

Barbara Ann Kerns 85, of St. Joseph, Missouri, passed away Saturday, March 29, 2014 in a Saint Joseph, MO hospital.

She was born May 20, 1928 in Chillicothe, MO, daughter of Lola and Theodore R. Austin Sr.

She attended Lafayette high school and retired from Affiliated Foods as a head payroll clerk after 35 years of service. She enjoyed arts, crafts, stain glass and sewing and was a of the Baptist faith.

Barbara was preceded in death by husband, Dale Kerns, her father Theodore Austin and mother, Lola Mae Jonke, and a daughter, Jerri Lynn Kerns.

Survivors include, son, Ron (Luan) Kerns of St. Joseph, MO, granddaughter, Kelly Davis, two grandsons, Paul Kerns, and Brad Kerns, four great grandchildren, one, great great grandchild, two brothers, T.R. Austin Jr. of Blue Ridge, MO, and Don Austin of Murphysboro, TN, and her sister, Trudy Austin of St. Joseph.

Funeral services will be conducted at 10:30 am, on Wednesday, April 2, 2014 at Rupp Funeral Home, with David Mejia officiating, The family will receive friends from 6:00 PM to 8:00 PM on Tuesday at the Rupp Funeral Home. The Interment will be at the Ashland Cemetery. Memorials are requested to a charity of the donors choice. Online condolence and obituary at

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