Ardith Anne Barkhoff
Ardith Anne Barkhoff, age 67, of Purdy, Missouri, passed away Saturday, November 16, 2019 at Mercy Hospital in Springfield, Missouri.
She was born March 1, 1952 in Willits, California, the daughter of Ronald and Joyce (Smith) Holybee. On April 24, 1971 she was united in marriage to Larry H. Barkhoff, who preceded her in death on February 19, 2019. Also preceding her in death were her father and a nephew.
Surviving are her mother, Joyce Holybee of Paonia, Colorado; two sons, Michael Barkhoff and his wife Carey of Monett, Missouri and Brian Barkhoff and his wife Sharena of Rogersville, Missouri; two daughters, Melissa Arivett and her husband Travis of Cassville, Missouri and Amanda Good and her husband Denali of Branson, Missouri; three sisters, Chris Redmond and her husband Bob of Hotchkiss, Colorado, Janet Pagone and her husband Ralph of Paonia, Colorado and Karen McHenry and her husband Dean of Olathe, Colorado and six grandchildren, Zarin, Aveigha, Elijah, Kylee, Addison and Braiden.
Ardith grew up and received her education in Colorado, graduating from high school in Hotchkiss. For several years she resided in Paonia, Colorado before moving to Missouri in 1984. She was a long-time self-employed child care provider. She was a member of First Christian Church in Purdy.
Ardith Barkhoff was a hardworking woman who had a larger than life personality. Her favorite things were camping, fishing, shrimp, homemade ice cream, Hickory burgers with cheese from Sonic, Pepsi, the color purple and spending time with her family. Ardith owned and operated “The Playground Daycare” in Purdy for over 25 years. The kids all referred to her as Grandma. She loved taking care of children and treated them as they were her own. Ardith was the kind of person who never met a stranger. She had a very strong faith in Jesus Christ as her Lord and Savior. The way she loved others so selflessly was evidence of her strong faith. Ardith was the most wonderful kind of person. She was a great wife, an amazing mother and grandmother, and she was the best kind of friend you could ever ask for. Ardith left her mark in this world by caring for Gods children and fulfilling the two greatest commands; “to love the LORD with all your heart, and with all your soul, and with all your mind, and to love your neighbor as yourself. (Mt.22:36-40). If she were here now she would tell us all, “Its gonna be OK”. She will be deeply deeply missed.
Services will be held at 10:00 A.M. Friday, November 22, 2019 at Fohn Funeral Home in Cassville. Pastor Mike Geisert, Reverend Brian Barkhoff and Michael Barkhoff will conduct the services.
The family will receive friends from 6:00 until 8:00 P.M. Thursday at Fohn Funeral Home in Cassville.
Contributions may be made to the family in memory of Ardith.
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