LORANGER, La. - Alice Maxine Masterson Barron, 78, died May 5, 2007, at her home in Loranger.
Born Oct. 18, 1928, in New Madrid, Mo., to the late Jack and Florence Mast Masterson, she attended New Madrid High School. She then moved to St. Louis to work various jobs, including the Small Arms Plant and McDonnell Douglas. She was a lifelong member of the United Pentecostal Church, being baptized at the age of 12 years.
The 13th Chapter of Corinthians urges us all to live our lives through charity. Our Mother's life was a carbon copy of this passage. She lived her life to help other people. Whether she was giving someone a ride, providing them shelter or making sure they didn't go hungry. She was happiest helping others. Not only was she always there for her family and friends, but strangers also. She was unselfish to a fault.
She was married to Frank Barron, who preceded her in death.
She was also preceded in death by one sister, Mary Margaret Davis; and three brothers, Jackie Masterson, Junior Masterson and Jimmy Masterson.
She is survived by seven children: five daughters, LeeAnna Fitzgerel of Salt Lake City, Betty Hunter of Indianapolis, Judi Keene Williamson of Dyersburg, Tenn., Barbara Schmidt of Cahokia, Ill. and Michelle Huggins of Loranger; two sons, James and Richard Ford, both of Loranger; three sisters, Geraldine Rodgers of Cape Girardeau, Mo., Nadine Vent of New Madrid and Carolyn Vent of St. Louis; and one brother, Paul Masterson of Murfreesboro, Tenn.
She was a sister, a friend and a mother to some, a second mother to the Ford children and a grandmother to others. Though she is absent from this mortal body, her spirit lives on in all of us.
Visitation will be from 5-8 p.m. today at Richards Funeral Home in New Madrid.
Services will be at 1 p.m. Wednesday at the United Pentecostal Church in New Madrid with the Rev. Orville McKinney officiating.
Burial will follow in the Mounds Park Cemetery.