Barbara Ann Bowlby
Barbara Ann Bowlby, 77, RN,( She was Covid 19 +) passed away while surrounded by the
loving staff at Forsyth Nursing and Rehab in Forsyth, MO (October 19,1943 - December 4,
2020). “Aunt Ba Ba” who velveted our lives with her kind heartedness and gales of laughter has emigrated from our world and has been liberated from a body mind stymied by Alzheimer’s Disease. As Barbara’s life-long friend, Margie Ann Westgate King Berry sensibly sumized, ”We lost our Barbara 10 years ago.”
Born in Glencoe, Minnesota, Barbara, dolled up the lives of Doris “Dottie” Alverna Pischner Bowlby (1912-1985) and Earl Victor Bowlby (1888-1966) with misty blue eyes and downy flaxen curls. Barbara’s maternal grandparents, August Pischner(1862-1923) and Minnie
Wall Pischner (1874- 1969) migrated from Germany (1896). The family moved to Forsyth, MO in 1952. Barbara graduated from Forsyth High School(1961) and moved to Kansas City working for Phillips Petroleum. She then worked as a medical tech for Dr, Mary Adele King(Margie’s sister) and began singing with the Sweet Adelines. She excelled at any art and handicraft she put her hand to, bedazzling us all. In Kansas City, through fate and with perfect timing, she met Jan Holmes in need of a roommate. Barbara and Jan tackled life’s challenges together for over 30 years. Barbara was woven into Jan’s family just as she had been into Margie’s. Barbara loved all her visits to Jan’s Iowa farm, loving all the life there, especially quieting and feeding hundreds of tiny piglets. She became Aunt Barbi to Jan’s family and still is generations later.
In 1979 she became an RN after completing the William Jewell College nursing program with honors. She excelled as an ICU nurse at Baptist Medical Center (KC,MO) where she stepped up and pioneered in care for the first patients diagnosed with AIDS. She helped trailblaze Preferred Health Professionals, the first managed care organization in Kansas City as a Utilization Review Nurse. She loved the Lord and was a member of the Methodist Church. She retired from Blue Cross and Blue Shield and moved to Republic, MO in 2005. In 2010, she and her beloved dog, Sassy moved to Culpepper Place Senior Living in Branson, Mo. where she enjoyed a few years.
As Barbara’s health declined and she required more care, she transferred to Forsyth Nursing and Rehabilitation where she shared a room with and showered love on Judy King Cotter, Margie’s younger sister. She leaves behind many friends in Kansas City, Forsyth, Republic, MO and Southern Iowa. Barbara has been an integral part of the families of Margie Berry and Janet Holmes families for over 50 years. Barbara touched many lives, exuberating love and joy. She filled the niche in both families of Jan Holmes and Margie Berry. Barbara met a need in both families that only she could. She embraced and doted upon all the babies, children and animals around her sweetening the lives of all she touched. She has left a big hole in our hearts.
A Memorial Service will be held at a later date.
Arrangements are under the direction of Snapp-Bearden Funeral Home & Crematory, Branson.