March 29, 2007

(1/3/1950 – 3/12/2007)

Barbara Jone Benson, 57, passed away unexpectedly at her home in Lee’s Summit, Missouri on March 12, 2007

Barbara was born in Ottumwa, Iowa on January 3rd, 1950 during a blizzard to Iva Jeannette (Forrester) and Ward Benson Jr.

Barbara moved from the Meek Ranch in 1954 to Independence, MO, after her uncle Newel was killed in a plane crash on the farm.

She attended school in the Raytown school district until her high-school graduation in 1968.

In 1970, Barbara and her family moved back to Memphis, Missouri, after the passing of her grandmother, Edythe Luella Benson. For the next 24 years, Barbara enjoyed the Memphis community….. as we know everyone enjoyed her. Gardine’s was a favorite spot, as was the V.F.W. and the courthouse. She worked at the workshop in Kahoka, helped clean all the books in the library after the fire and was always glad to help her buddy, Bob Moore, clean up the V.F.W. after parties, feeds and events. Barbara enjoyed going up town to the Memphis Theatre and walking her dog, Judge.

Barbara was an excellent crocheter….. scarves, coasters and blankets for all of us and for the friends she made along the way.

In 1994, her father, Ward Benson Jr., passed away and Barbara went to live with her family in Lee’s Summit, MO., Ron, Diann and Amy Savage. Sister Cindy Benson was also only 10 minutes away in Raytown, MO.

At her home in Lee’s Summit, she enjoyed her niece Amy immensely and Amy enjoyed her Aunt Barbara. A spirited game of “Go Fish” with Amy was her favorite card game and “Walker, Texas Ranger” was her hero. Barbara recorded all of the Walker shows and had all of the Chuck Norris movies in her vast video collection.

In 2001, sisters Diann and Cindy took Barbara to Dallas, Texas in search of the “Walker” Studios. They found the studio, and Barbara got the full tour. Unfortunately, Chuck Norris was not there that day but she got a tour of the entire set, got to sit at the Walker desk, got all of the Walker Ware clothing for cast and crew that she wanted, and got to sign a personal birthday card to Chuck Norris from his office staff and crew. It was a very big day in Barbara’s life!! She also got to visit “South Fork”, the set for the TV show “Dallas”.

In Lee’s Summit, she fell into the “city life” with Taco Tuesday and her favorite beer, Budweiser. She cheered on the Chiefs and loved her Hy-Vee. She enjoyed trips with her family to Las Vegas, Arizona, Dallas, Texas and Big Cedar Lodge in southern Missouri. Barbara was extremely excited about the upcoming May wedding of her Amy to Jason Schlosser. She couldn’t wait to have Jason join the family.

Barbara has been the bright light in our family for the last 13 years. Her humor and wit, kind heart and great care for each and every one of us will be sadly missed…she loved her family. We loved our Barbara. She was truly the “Right Hand Man” in our family as well as for our father, Ward Jr.

We are all very saddened and at a loss by her sudden death but yet happy for her. She truly was a kind and loving soul and the Good Lord did not let her suffer in death.

Memorial services were held March 18th at the Payne Funeral Chapel, Memphis, with Rev. Jim Campbell officiating. Inurnment was in Memphis Cemetery, Memphis, MO. Arrangements were handled by the Payne Funeral Chapel, Memphis, MO.

Memorials are suggested to the VFW Ladies Auxiliary and may be left at or mailed to the Payne Funeral Chapel, 202 E. Madison, Memphis, MO 63555.

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