Vetris I Barnes (Adams)

15 Feb 1894 - 31 May 1976


Vetris I Barnes (Adams)

15 Feb 1894 - 31 May 1976
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Ruth Barnes Atwood, 93, of Sugar City, died Sunday, May 3, 2009, at Homestead Assisted Living in Rexburg of causes incident to age. She was born Sept. 16, 1915, in Thomas to Louis and Vetris Isabel Adams Barnes. She attended school in Thomas and graduated from Thomas High School. She attended Idaho
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Vetris I Barnes (Adams)


Riverside Thomas Cemetery

939-949 State Highway 39
Blackfoot, Bingham, Idaho
United States


September 24, 2013


July 21, 2013

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Ruth Barnes Atwood Obituary

Contributor: jslesk Created: 1 year ago Updated: 1 year ago

Ruth Barnes Atwood, 93, of Sugar City, died Sunday, May 3, 2009, at Homestead Assisted Living in Rexburg of causes incident to age. She was born Sept. 16, 1915, in Thomas to Louis and Vetris Isabel Adams Barnes. She attended school in Thomas and graduated from Thomas High School. She attended Idaho State University and earned a bachelor's degree in education. She married Wilbert Rogers Atwood on Nov. 6, 1940, in Rexburg. Their marriage was later solemnized in the Idaho Falls LDS temple. After their marriage, they lived in Pingree, Weippe, Blackfoot, and they have lived in Sugar City since 1949. She taught school at Rockford Elementary before she was married, and taught second grade for years in the Sugar-Salem School District. She retired after 32 years of teaching, having influenced thousands of students. After her retirement, they spent their winters in Parker, Ariz., and Hurricane, Utah. She was a member of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. She loved to travel, camp and do temple work. She loved her family. She is survived by her husband, Wilbert of Sugar City; children Roger (Nancy) Atwood of Rexburg, Steven (Collette) Atwood of Arco and Julie (Bruce) Anderson of West Valley City, Utah; sisters, Wilma Merrill of Salt Lake City, Elna Turner of Riverside, Idaho, and Glenda (Robert) Lanza of Elk Grove, Calif.; 14 grandchildren and five great-grandchildren. She was preceded in death by her parents, two brothers and a sister. Funeral services will be held at 11 a.m. Thursday, May 7, 2009, at the Sugar City LDS Stake Center with Bishop Russell Thurston officiating. The family will receive friends Thursday from 10 to 10:45 a.m. at the stake center prior to services. Burial will be in the Riverside-Thomas Cemetery under the direction of Flamm Funeral Home. Condolences can be sent to Published in Rexburg Standard Journal on May 5, 2009 - See more at:

Vetris Isabel Adams

Contributor: jslesk Created: 1 year ago Updated: 1 year ago

I remember being told a story of when Vetris was preparing to die and she went to live with my Grandma Merrell. I know she suffered from dementia or alzheimer's. But I was told of how she would take out her dentures and scare all of her grandchildren. Her grandchildren speak of her as being a funny and happy person.

Memories of Vetris Barnes that I heard from my husband's (Kent Merrell) family.

Contributor: jslesk Created: 1 year ago Updated: 1 year ago

Ever since I married Kent Merrell, Vetris' grandson, I have heard wonderful stories about his grandmother, Vetris Adams Barnes from my mother in law, Wilma Barnes Merrell and the brothers and sisters. First of all, Vetris' mother, Johanna Eskelson, was first married as a polygamous second wife to a man named John Allsop. When her first husband died, Johanna, with her 4 children, married Samuel Ferry Adams and had three more children, two boys and a girl, Vetris. Samuel Ferry Adams was Vetris' father. Johanna (according to my mother in law) was a happy, cheerful woman who served as Stake Relief Society President for many years. The Stake covered a radius of 50 miles. This is written up in a Daughters of Utah Pioneers book. Vetris, it seems, took after her mother. She was cheerful and happy. She and Louis were very much in love and love permeated their home. They traveled by train to Salt Lake to be married in the Temple. They lived on a farm that Louis and his brother homesteaded after their father died. (Their father was living in Kaysville, Utah and had gone up to Idaho to homestead and unfortunately passed away before he was able to move his family to Idaho.) As they had families of their own, they split the farm in half, each receiving 80 acres. This was outside of Blackfoot, Idaho. Vetris grew a large garden on the farm and the children helped her take care of it. She also had a large raspberry patch. Every Saturday the whole family went out to work in the fields. At noon, Louis sent Vetris and one of the girls back to the house to fix lunch. After lunch he would say, "You girls help clean up the kitchen and let your mother take a nap." Louis was always caring for Vetris. Then the family would get cleaned up and go to town. The children would receive 10 - 25 cents to buy treats or go to a movie. If there was a dance that night, the older ones could stay for the dance. Louis was highly regarded by the other farmers in the area. Wilma heard them come to him and say, "So, Lou, what are we planting this year?" or ask for his advice. When he would slaughter a cow or pig, he would have the children run a portion of the meat to share with their three neighbors. Vetris was always sharing produce from her garden with the neighbors as well. When the grandchildren came along, Vetris would make a quilt for each child. We have a part of Kent's that we have saved. After Louis passed away and Vetris became less able to care for herself, Wilma, a widow herself, decided to bring her mother to Salt Lake City, so she could care for her. These are stories I heard from that time period. When Vetris would get up in the morning, she would stand at the window and say, "Darling, what city are we in?" Vetris loved to mix up words and once when someone asked her where she was from, she said, "Pennsiltucky!". Once when Wilma and her family took Grandma Vetris out to dinner, when the waiter asked her what she wanted to drink, she said, "Beer". The family died laughing with chagrin. When Grandma Vetris would visit with the children, she would ask them how much money they needed and would reach into her purse that was by her chair and she loved to give them $10 or whatever she had. Wilma made the children promise to give her the money and she would slip it back into Grandma's purse. When Kent came home each day from school, Grandma would ask him, "Darling, who are you?' and he would always say, "I'm Kent, your favorite grandson!" Wilma told me that she wishes she was as sweet as her mother and that she loved caring for her. That it was such a privilege to care for her. Kent's friend, Barry Baxter, has told me how much he loved to come as a teen and sit and visit with Grandma Barnes . Vetris has raised a wonderful family who share her attributes of love and giving. She taught her daughters to cook, can and sew. All of us are still using her recipes when we bottle pickles and relishes. She made many, many quilts. When a new baby was born in the neighborhood, as her mother before her, she would grab clean towels and take off to help out. Once the Merrell children were having a party in the basement and Grandma wanted to go to sleep, but it was too noisy. She asked Wilma to ask the children to quiet down and Wilma said they have a right to have a good time. I imagine it wasn't always easy for everyone.

Life timeline of Vetris I Barnes (Adams)

Vetris I Barnes (Adams) was born on 15 Feb 1894
Vetris I Barnes (Adams) was 15 years old when Ford puts the Model T car on the market at a price of US$825. Ford Motor Company is an American multinational automaker headquartered in Dearborn, Michigan, a suburb of Detroit. It was founded by Henry Ford and incorporated on June 16, 1903. The company sells automobiles and commercial vehicles under the Ford brand and most luxury cars under the Lincoln brand. Ford also owns Brazilian SUV manufacturer Troller, an 8% stake in Aston Martin of the United Kingdom, and a 49% stake in Jiangling Motors of China. It also has joint-ventures in China, Taiwan, Thailand, Turkey, and Russia. The company is listed on the New York Stock Exchange and is controlled by the Ford family; they have minority ownership but the majority of the voting power.
Vetris I Barnes (Adams) was 20 years old when Archduke Franz Ferdinand and his wife, Sophie, Duchess of Hohenberg, were assassinated by a Yugoslav nationalist named Gavrilo Princip in Sarajevo, sparking the outbreak of World War I. Archduke Franz Ferdinand, Archduke of Austria-Este was a member of the imperial Habsburg dynasty, and from 1896 until his death the heir presumptive (Thronfolger) to the Austro-Hungarian throne. His assassination in Sarajevo precipitated Austria-Hungary's declaration of war against Serbia, which in turn triggered a series of events that resulted in Austria-Hungary's allies and Serbia's declaring war on each other, starting World War I.
Vetris I Barnes (Adams) was 36 years old when The New York Stock Exchange crashes in what will be called the Crash of '29 or "Black Tuesday", ending the Great Bull Market of the 1920s and beginning the Great Depression. The New York Stock Exchange, is an American stock exchange located at 11 Wall Street, Lower Manhattan, New York City, New York. It is by far the world's largest stock exchange by market capitalization of its listed companies at US$21.3 trillion as of June 2017. The average daily trading value was approximately US$169 billion in 2013. The NYSE trading floor is located at 11 Wall Street and is composed of 21 rooms used for the facilitation of trading. A fifth trading room, located at 30 Broad Street, was closed in February 2007. The main building and the 11 Wall Street building were designated National Historic Landmarks in 1978.
Vetris I Barnes (Adams) was 46 years old when Adolf Hitler signs an order to begin the systematic euthanasia of mentally ill and disabled people. Adolf Hitler was a German politician, demagogue, and Pan-German revolutionary, who was the leader of the Nazi Party, Chancellor of Germany from 1933 to 1945 and Führer ("Leader") of Nazi Germany from 1934 to 1945. As dictator, Hitler initiated World War II in Europe with the invasion of Poland in September 1939, and was central to the Holocaust.
Vetris I Barnes (Adams) was 52 years old when World War II: Hiroshima, Japan is devastated when the atomic bomb "Little Boy" is dropped by the United States B-29 Enola Gay. Around 70,000 people are killed instantly, and some tens of thousands die in subsequent years from burns and radiation poisoning. World War II, also known as the Second World War, was a global war that lasted from 1939 to 1945, although conflicts reflecting the ideological clash between what would become the Allied and Axis blocs began earlier. The vast majority of the world's countries—including all of the great powers—eventually formed two opposing military alliances: the Allies and the Axis. It was the most global war in history; it directly involved more than 100 million people from over 30 countries. In a state of total war, the major participants threw their entire economic, industrial, and scientific capabilities behind the war effort, blurring the distinction between civilian and military resources. World War II was the deadliest conflict in human history, marked by 50 to 85 million fatalities, most of whom were civilians in the Soviet Union and China. It included massacres, the genocide of the Holocaust, strategic bombing, premeditated death from starvation and disease and the only use of nuclear weapons in war.
Vetris I Barnes (Adams) was 59 years old when Jonas Salk announced the successful test of his polio vaccine on a small group of adults and children (vaccination pictured). Jonas Edward Salk was an American medical researcher and virologist. He discovered and developed one of the first successful polio vaccines. Born in New York City, he attended New York University School of Medicine, later choosing to do medical research instead of becoming a practicing physician. In 1939, after earning his medical degree, Salk began an internship as a physician scientist at Mount Sinai Hospital. Two years later he was granted a fellowship at the University of Michigan, where he would study flu viruses with his mentor Thomas Francis, Jr.
Vetris I Barnes (Adams) was 70 years old when The Beatles make their first appearance on The Ed Sullivan Show, performing before a "record-busting" audience of 73 million viewers across the USA. The Beatles were an English rock band formed in Liverpool in 1960. With members John Lennon, Paul McCartney, George Harrison and Ringo Starr, they became widely regarded as the foremost and most influential music band in history. Rooted in skiffle, beat and 1950s rock and roll, the Beatles later experimented with several musical styles, ranging from pop ballads and Indian music to psychedelia and hard rock, often incorporating classical elements and unconventional recording techniques in innovative ways. In 1963, their enormous popularity first emerged as "Beatlemania"; as the group's music grew in sophistication, led by primary songwriters Lennon and McCartney, the band were integral to pop music's evolution into an art form and to the development of the counterculture of the 1960s.
Vetris I Barnes (Adams) died on 31 May 1976 at the age of 82
Grave record for Vetris I Barnes (Adams) (15 Feb 1894 - 31 May 1976), BillionGraves Record 5259370 Blackfoot, Bingham, Idaho, United States