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Barbara L. Farris

January 2, 1943 — February 17, 2024

Obituary For Barbara L. Farris

Barbara L Farris, age 81, of Sedalia, MO, peacefully passed away on Saturday, February 17, 2024, at The Living Center in Marshall, MO. She was born on January 2, 1943, in Charleston, SC, to the late Robert Macbeth Nathans and Frances Carolyn (Lewis) Nathans.

Barbara's journey began amidst the charming streets of Charleston, SC, where she spent her early years before her family embarked on a cross-country move to sunny San Diego, CA. With her roots firmly planted in California soil, Barbara's path took her on a nomadic adventure, from El Cajon High School to Sacramento and beyond. But it wasn't until she found herself in Lee's Summit, MO, seeking solace with her Aunt Grace, that her story truly began to unfold.

From Lee's Summit, Barbara's odyssey continued, weaving through the quaint town of Knob Noster until finally finding its resting place in Sedalia, MO, where she has resided for over five decades. Raised in the Jewish faith, Barbara's spiritual journey took a transformative turn in her youth, as she discovered a profound love for Jesus Christ. His unwavering presence became a beacon of light in her life, a love untouched by doubt or strife.

Barbara was not just a woman of faith; she was the heartbeat of every gathering, the soul of every party. Fond memories of her vibrant presence resonate from her days at Red Apple, Sambo's, Dallas Lounge, Maxines Home Place, and Cruisers. Among the clinking glasses and swaying bodies, Barbara's infectious spirit earned her endearing monikers like Big Red and Momma Barb, testament to the love she radiated.

It was during these lively escapades that Barbara crossed paths with Raymond McNish, affectionately known as Heavy. Their bond blossomed into a partnership that weathered the storms of life, with Raymond standing steadfast by her side as boyfriend, best friend, and beloved Poppy to her children, grandchildren, and great-grandchildren.

Yet, Barbara's heart knew no bounds when it came to compassion. She became a pillar of support for women and children in need, opening her home to foster children and running an in-home daycare with boundless love and care. Her altruistic spirit extended further as she assumed the role of house mother at a refuge for unwed mothers on S. Quincy in Sedalia, providing a sanctuary of hope and structure for those seeking to rebuild their lives.

Throughout her journey, Barbara's interests always revolved around uplifting others, offering her warmth and guidance to anyone in need of a friend, a mother, or a grandmother. Her legacy is not just in the lives she touched but in the love she imparted—a love that transcends time and memory, a love that will forever echo in the hearts of those she held dear.

Barbara is survived by four daughters, Charissa Farris of Kansas City, MO, Deserea Henry of Sedalia, Dena Stockstill of Sedalia, and Joy Dickinson of Sedalia; two sons, Christian Farris of Sedalia and Izaea Hester of the home; a brother, Mac Nathans of Sacramento, CA; fourteen, grandchildren, Josh, Tera, Rachel, Mat,Brian, Danielle, Christopher, Sabrah, Dejuray, Domonique, Onna, Ashton, Khorine, and Kadence; 21 great-grandchildren.

In addition to her parents, Barbara was preceded in death by a son, Rick Dickinson; a grandson, Kylan Farris; and a great-grandson, Davonte Williams.

A celebration of life gathering with family and friends will be held on Saturday, June 1, 2024 at the Sedalia Elks Lodge, 320 S Kentucky Ave, Sedalia.

Memorial contributions may be made to CASA of Sedalia or Life Pointe Church in the care of Rea Funeral Chapel.

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