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Mary Edith Barley

October 30, 1923 - August 13, 2022

Mary Edith H. Barley, 98 of Lynchburg, VA passed away on Saturday, August 13, 2022.

Born on October 30, 1923, she was the daughter of Francis (Shorty) and Lottie Hauswirth.  Also predeceased by her husband of 59 years, Earlie L Barley and her sister, Shirley T Hawkins.

Edith is survived by her son, David E (Butch) Barley (Sue) of Concord, VA; Special nieces, Judy and Brenda and nephew Charley; many, much loved, nieces and nephews; great nephews;  great-great niece and nephews.

She was a member of Old Forest Rd. UMC, Lynchburg, after the closing of First UMC, Lynchburg and spent many hours throughout many years being of service to her church. When not volunteering at church, she would often be at a local nursing home “helping the old people” (her words). Note; she was in her 80’s and 90’s at the time.

Edith was a hairdresser by trade and an animal lover by nature. A sign on her door summed up her feelings on life, “Animals Welcome, People Tolerated”. Especially in her later years, you could find Edith outside in her yard with the local wildlife; most notably the deer, squirrels, birds, and her beloved feral cats. For this reason, in lieu of flowers, please donate to your local humane society or TNR (trap, neuter, release) program. If preferred, please consider Meals on Wheels.

The family would like to extend its thanks to all of the friends and neighbors who visited, called, and helped Edith. A special thank you to Joanna and her group from ProMedica Hospice and the ladies of Caring From The Heart, who helped make her last days comfortable.

A graveside service will be held at Fort Hill Cemetery on Wednesday August 17, 2022 at 1:00 p.m. A visitation will immediately follow.

The family requests casual dress only at the service.

Tharp Funeral Home, Lynchburg is assisting the family.

Burial Date August 17, 2022

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What a lady, a strong Christian example. Such a hard worker & so helpful to so many. What a blessing to have known her. My prayers for comfort in your loss.

Posted by Debbie Wooldridge Thompson on August 17, 2022

Edith was one special and lovely lady. I adopted her as my "grandmother" years ago when we met and became friends at church. I would always love our conversations about our pets and how they meant the world to us both. We will truly miss her smile, our visits, her wit and so much more. There will always be a special place in our hearts for Edith and until me meet again ... We love you!

Posted by Sherry and Jeff Dean on August 16, 2022

You have my deepest sympathy. My thoughts and prayers are with you.

Posted by Kelly Parnell on August 16, 2022

Cokie and I are so sorry for your loss Butch amd Sue..Mrs. Barley was the sweetest lady..I never will forget the first time I met her..she made it clear to me that she knew Cokie longer than me..and that she will always give him a kiss and a hug..and she said you cnt say anything to me when I do. Lol..that he was her man..loved her dearly..loved listening to stories..especially when she told Cokie and I she went downstairs to do some stuff and she said dnt you two dare tell Butch I was down Love and prayers for her sweet family Cokie and Teressa

Posted by Teressa Davidson on August 15, 2022

She was so loved and such an inspiration to everyone that was fortunate enough to know her. Edith, you will be missed. Love you much❤️

Posted by Tricia Davidson on August 15, 2022

Ms Barley was a delightful woman - I will miss visiting with her and her family and she will stay with me for the rest of my career. It was truly an honor and a privilege - thank you for the opportunity to share in her final days. Joanna RN Promedica Hospice

Posted by Joanna on August 15, 2022

Mrs. Barley was the sweetest lady! She was on my Meals on Wheels route and we had some of the loveliest conversations. I will surely miss her. My sincerest sympathies to the family members and friends!

Posted by Linda Jones on August 14, 2022

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