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Carol N. Barnard
April 23, 1924 – June 17, 2020

Carol Natalie Barnard, Archie, was born April 23, 1924, near Garden City, the daughter of Paul Andrew and Florence Alberta (Coe) Hayden. She died June 17 at Cass Regional Medical Center, Harrisonville, at the age of 96 years, 1 month and 25 days.

Carol attended Farmers View Elementary School and graduated in 1937 and was a 1941 graduate of Garden City High School.

Carol was married to Robert L. “Bob” Mansfield in May 1942. To this union a daughter, Barbara Jean, was born in July 1943.

Bob died in an accident at the Olathe Naval Air Station Aug. 11, 1943. Carol and Barbara lived with her parents until she married James “Jim” Barnard in 1946.


They lived on the farm where he grew up for 30 years then moved to a house across the road and lived there for 39 years.


Carol was a lifelong member of the First Baptist Church, Archie.

Besides her parents, she was preceded in death by her first husband, Robert L. Mansfield; her second husband, Jim Barnard, March 29, 2006; a grandson, Eric Barnard; a great-granddaughter, Tianna Britt; and a sister, Francis Orthel.

Carol is survived by two sons, Vincent Barnard and wife, Gladys, Harrisonville, and Dennis Barnard and wife, Patricia, Raymore; a daughter, Barbara J. Beeler and husband, Calvin, Warsaw; eight grandchildren; 17 great-grandchildren; eight great-great-grandchildren; a sister, Marge King, Garden City; other relatives and friends.


A private family graveside service will be held at the Crescent Hill Cemetery near Adrian.

The family suggests memorial contributions to the First Baptist Church Memorial Fund, Archie.

Funeral arrangements were under the direction of the Dickey Funeral Home, Harrisonville.

Curtisa A. Beneke
May 7, 1945 – June 20, 2020

Curtisa Allene “Allie” Beneke, Peculiar, was born May 7, 1945, in Hanneyville, Kentucky, the daughter of Joseph Curtis and Mary Lou (Gasaway) Turpen. She died June 20 at Research Medical Center, Kansas City, at the age of 75 years, 1 month and 13 days.

February 14, 1996, Allie was married to Steven “Steve” Cary Beneke in Las Vegas, Nevada.

Allie was a Reiki master and a therapeutic masseuse and owned and operated Healing Hands Health and Wellness in Peculiar.

She was a member of the Berean Fellowship in Harrisonville. Allie had received her Doctorate Degree in Divinity.

Besides her parents, she was preceded in death by her husband, Steve Beneke, Dec. 26, 2017; and a granddaughter, Courtney Nicole Batson.

Allie is survived by four sons, Dale Batson and wife, Pam, Florence, Texas, Terry Batson and wife, Wanda, Huntsville, Texas, Bryan Batson and wife, Laura, Lansing, Kansas, and Roger Batson and wife, Tina, Henderson, Nevada; 13 grandchildren; seven great-grandchildren; five siblings, Donna Leibrock, Caltabon Heights, California, Butch Turpen, Ontario, Oregon, Joetta Lester, Yucaipa, California, Anita Hernandez, Harrisonville, and Chad Turpen, Santa Rosa, New Mexico; other relatives and many friends.

Cremation. A celebration of life service was June 27 at the Gospel Fellowship, Grandview.

Inurnment will be at the Missouri Veterans Cemetery in Higginsville at a later date.


Family suggests memorial contributions to the American Cancer Society.

Funeral arrangements were under the direction of the Dickey Funeral Home,
Harrisonville.

Betty J. Colvin
Oct. 9, 1930 – June 21, 2020

Betty June Colvin, 89, Harrisonville, died June 21 at Golden Years Care Center in Harrisonville. Graveside services were June 24 at Orient Cemetery in Harrisonville.

Betty was born Oct. 9, 1930, in Harrisonville, the daughter of Newton and Bernita (Dykes) Colvin, Sr.

She was a lifelong resident of Harrisonville. Betty had worked for Di-Li-My restaurant in the kitchen for many years.

She was preceded in death by her parents; four brothers, George Ray, Vernon “Dutch,” Newton, Jr., and James; and five sisters, Eleanor, Hattie, Mary, Doris and Edna Pearl.

Arrangements were under the direction of the Atkinson Funeral Home, Harrisonville.

Twila J. Hayward
Feb. 27, 1947 – June 15, 2020

Twila June Hayward, 73, Harrisonville, died June 15 at Cass Regional Medical Center in Harrisonville.

Cremation. There are no services scheduled at this time.

Arrangements were under the direction of the Atkinson Funeral Home, Harrisonville.

Charlene Faye Jackson
June 16, 1943 – June 17, 2020

Charlene Faye Jackson, 77, Peculiar, died June 17 at St. Luke’s East Hospital in Lee’s Summit.

Memorial services were June 30 at the First Baptist Church in Peculiar.

Charlene was born June 16, 1943, in Tulsa, Oklahoma, the daughter of Owen C. and Dorothy Faye (Malone) Miller.

She married James V. Jackson Dec. 8, 1963, in Ft. Riley, Kansas. She had lived in Germany, Ft. Hood, Texas, and Junction City, Kansas, before moving to Peculiar in 2008.

She was a member of the First Baptist Church in Peculiar.

Charlene was preceded in death by her parents; a sister; and her husband, James.

She is survived by a son, James “Jimmy” Jackson and Jennifer, Peculiar; and a granddaughter, Samantha “Sammy” Jackson.

Arrangements were under the direction of the Atkinson Funeral Home, Harrisonville.

Jannett M. Sears
Jan. 29, 1942 – June 20, 2020

Jannett Marie Sears, 78, Peculiar, died June 20 at her home. Memorial services were June 24 at the Atkinson Funeral Home in Harrisonville.

Jannett was born Jan. 29, 1942, in Ventura, California, the daughter of Len and Thelma J. (Brixey) Russell.

She married Robert O. Sears Dec. 14, 1958, in Santa Paula, California.

She had lived in Raytown before moving to Peculiar where she had lived for 53 years.

Jannett was a homemaker, seamstress, cake decorator and owned and operated “Sears Shears” hair salon in Peculiar. She enjoyed playing games, puzzles, crocheting and her dog, Lizzy.

Jannett was preceded in death by her parents.

She is survived by her husband, Bob, of the home; a son, Len Sears, Peculiar; three daughters, Geneta Vierra and Nina, and Jan Feist and Pete, all of Independence, and Shirley Bolinger and Robbie, Houston, Texas; a sister, Lydia Grimes, Kingman, Arizona; four grandchildren, Christopher Rankin, Nicole Wakeman, Sara Sears and Jacob Feist; seven great-grandchildren; and nine nieces and nephews.

Arrangements were under the direction of the Atkinson Funeral Home, Harrisonville.

Marsha L. Trout
April 11, 1955 – June 22, 2020

Marsha Trout, 65, Amsterdam, died June 22. Cremation, with memorial services to be planned at a later date.

Marsha Lynne Trout was born April 11, 1955, in Kansas City the daughter of Roy and Vida Lunde.

Marsha married the love of her life, James Trout, May 21, 1973. Together, they worked as over-the-road truck drivers until they retired in 1993 and moved to Iowa Hill, California.

Marsha was preceded in death by her husband; her parents; and a sister Melody Cox, Preston.

She is survived by her son, Anthony Lunde and Vicky Vail of the home; seven stepchildren, Randy and Dawn Trout, Iowa Hill, California, Jim and Janet Donnelly, Nevada, and many more.

Also surviving are her granddaughter, Brittany Lunde and daughter, Bryleigh, Bronson, Kansas; grandson Devon Lunde and Dani Dalton, Garden City, two brothers, Fred Lunde, Ballard, and Jon and Mary Lunde, Orrick; a sister, Garnet Simmons, of Urbana; and sister-in-law, Judy Rowden Trout, Argentina; along with many nieces, nephews and extended family members.

Marsha was loved by many and will be missed by all.

Arrangements were under the direction of the Mullinax Funeral Home, Butler.

Jimmie J. Hester
April 13, 1967 – June 21, 2020

Jimmie Joel Hester, 53, Archie, died June 21 at the University of Kansas Medical Center. A visitation was, June 24 at the Atkinson Funeral Home in Adrian. A celebration of life was June 27 at the VFW in Richland.

In lieu of flowers, monetary donations may be sent to the Jim Hester Memorial, PO Box 1721, Dade City, FL 33526. The donations will go toward the Challengers organization that helps children with disabilities play baseball.

Jim, or Joel as he was known, was born April 13, 1967, in Sterling, Illinois, the oldest of four children born to Jimmie Milton Hester and Sharon Kay (Stacey) Hester.

The majority of Jim’s youth was spent in southern Missouri. During this time Jim developed a talent for many things, such as being a first baseman and pitcher for baseball and softball. He was a pool shark, but would never take your money and he enjoyed the saxophone and guitar, but excelled at the drums.

His love for the drums led him to playing professionally with the band Charade. Later in life, he played with the band, Wild Ride, at the Paola Opry and the Adrian Christian Worship Band.

Jim married Jeri White April 17, 1999, in Pulaski County. Jim became an instant father to Skyler White and one year later Garrett Hester was born into this union to complete his family.

Jim and Jeri lived in Adrian for 11 years before moving to Dade City, Florida, in 2010. In winter of 2018, Jim and Jeri moved up from Florida to be closer to family and made their home in Archie.

Jim was a good provider for his family and spent 23 years working in the fire protection industry.

Jim spent many years coaching little league sports, but his love was always for baseball. If he was not coaching his sons, then you could find him watching them play baseball or wrestling.

His favorite baseball team was the St. Louis Cardinals and any vacations had to be arranged around their schedule. Jim made a point to watch them play whenever he had the opportunity. He created and enjoyed participating in a fantasy football called “Road to the Superbowl.”

Jim was preceded in death by his maternal grandmother, Ella Mae Conners; his maternal uncle, Robert Post; and his paternal grandparents, Opal William Hester and Frances Hester.

Jim is survived by his wife, Jeri, of the home; two sons, Skyler White, Birmingham, Alabama, and Garrett Hester, Archie; his parents, Jim and Sharon Hester, Richland; a brother, Tim Hester and wife, Karen, Springfield; two sisters, Milissa Crossland and husband, Bill, Richland, and Stephanie Shea and husband, Mark, of Laquey.

He also leaves behind many nieces and nephews. Jim was known as a friend to everyone he met and will be missed by all.

Arrangements were under the direction of the Atkinson Funeral Home, Adrian.

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