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The Carthage Press
  • Barbara R. Zaerr

  • Barbara R. Zaerr, 89, Jasper, Mo., passed away Wednesday, May 28, 2014 in St. Luke’s Nursing Center, Carthage.
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  • Barbara R. Zaerr, 89, Jasper, Mo., passed away Wednesday, May 28, 2014 in St. Luke’s Nursing Center, Carthage.  
    Barbara Rice was born Jan. 15, 1925 in Jasper, Mo. to W.R. Rice and Gladys (Sherwood) Rice.
    She graduated from Jasper High School after attending Carthage schools for 11 years. She then attended Drury University for two years.
    On May 14, 1955 she married Jess Zaerr, Jr. in Pineville, Mo.; he preceded her in death on Dec. 17, 2005.
    Barbara served as an insurance agent for several insurance agencies; including Beimdiek Insurance Agency, Zeckser Insurance Agency, Southwest Insurance Agency, Jasper Insurance Agency and finally Lamar Insurance Center.
    After her insurance career, she worked for Dot's in Lamar and Lynn's Hallmark store in Joplin. She was a member of the First United Methodist Church, Carthage.
    Survivors include two sons; Jonathon R. Sykes, Jasper and James (Marilyn) E. Zaerr, Geneva, Illinois; a daughter, Jo Anna (Steve) Lovejoy, Oronogo, Mo.; eight grandchildren and five great great grandchildren.  Barbara was preceded in death by her parents, her husband, Jess, a sister, Dorothy Brand, and a brother, Robert Rice. Barbara was a wonderful wife, mother, aunt and grandmother; she will be missed by many. Visitation will be held from 10 a.m. – 11 a.m., Saturday, June 7, at Knell Mortuary, Carthage. Funeral services will follow at 11 a.m. Interment will be in Paradise Cemetery, Jasper.
    Memorial gifts are suggested to the First United Methodist Church, Carthage.  Online condolences may be expressed through www.knellmortuary.com. Service are under the direction and personal care of Knell Mortuary, Carthage, Mo.

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