Barbara Mathes, 79, of Lebanon, Missouri, formerly of Memphis, passed away Saturday afternoon, September 15, 2018 at Springfield, Missouri. The daughter of Buford and Bessie “Baird” Bissell, she was born September 12, 1939 in Scotland County, Missouri.

She married George Mathes on November 6, 1987. They enjoyed each other’s company for over 31 years.

She was spunky and had some orneriness to her. Barbara loved to dance, especially the jitterbug, enjoyed spending time with her grandchildren, going out for coffee time with friends, cooking dinners for family gatherings and babysitting most of her life. She claimed her babysitting kids and their families as her own.

She had the most welcoming soul on this earth. She made anybody and everybody feel welcome. No one ever felt inferior around her, everyone was family! God has his angels on this earth, and she was one. She had a way of making people know they were always a part of the family and you never felt like an outsider.

She was preceded in death by her parents, Buford Bissell, Bessie and Herb Alexander, her sons, Jerry Rae Newcomer and Randy Neal Newcomer, two granddaughters, Billie Newcomer and Tara Newcomer along with her brothers, Bob Bissell and Donald Alexander.

Survivors include her husband: George Mathes of Lebanon, Missouri; five children: Rhonda, (Brian) Lewis, Rick Newcomer, Cindy Compton, Ginger (Barry) Stott and Tina (John) Riesinger; 18 grandchildren, 17 great-grandchildren and two great-great-grandchildren; sisters: Betty (John) Wheeler, Dorothy (Bob) Hunolt, Karen (Orie) Muench and Verna (Laverne) Weilbrenner; one brother: Boyd (Jeanie) Bissell, along with nieces, nephews, cousins and other relatives and friends.

Memorials are suggested to the family for their discretion in care of the Payne Funeral Chapel, 202 E. Madison St., Memphis, Missouri 63555.

Cremation rites were accorded and a memorial visitation was held Saturday afternoon, September 29, 2018, from 2 p.m. to 4 p.m. at the Payne Funeral Chapel in Memphis for family and friends to stop in and visit and convey their condolences. At the conclusion of the visitation there was a private committal at the Richland Cemetery with Pastor Mike Wilson officiating.

Online condolences may be sent to the Mathes family by logging onto Payne’s website at

Local arrangements were entrusted to the care of the Payne Funeral Chapel in Memphis.