Maryanne Marie Barnard, (Grandma) passed away February 4, 2022 in Independence, Missouri at the Groves nursing home at the age of 87 years old. Marie was born in Kansas City, Missouri to Clyde and Lille Simpson and was the second to the youngest of 9 children, and the only girl. Her eight brothers and her attended East High School in Kansas City.
Marie married William H. Barnard III in 1954 the day after she graduated High School and the two were married for 68 years. Immediately after marriage, they moved to San Diego, California where William served in the Navy during the Korean War and Marie stayed on the base caring for their first child, Joy Lynn. Upon returning to Kansas City, Marie spent most of her professional career as an executive secretary at Merriam Laboratories and Research Hospital serving for the Vice President and President of the companies. In her personal time, she loved her family and extended family, and always made it a point to keep in contact with them all. She was so proud to have eight brothers and loved them all dearly and certainly could hold her own with any of them. Marie loved fashion and was always the sharpest dresser in any group. She also loved God and was a shining example of how to treat others in all situations. She was very involved with her church helping and working with the youth. She also spent many hours volunteering to help families who had lost a child after losing a daughter of her own, Sherri Ann. She also loved going to all her kids and grandkids sports games, plays and concerts. Marie also enjoyed sharing their lake home at the Lake of the Ozarks and enjoyed the lake life.
She was proceeded in death by her parents Clyde and Lillie Simpson, and her brothers Kenneth Simpson, Jack Simpson, Clyde Simpson, Clarence Simpson, Bill Simpson, Bob Simpson, Pete Simpson, and her daughter Sherri Barnard. She is survived by her husband William H. Barnard III, brother Richard Simpson, daughter Joy Hill, son-in-law Ken Hill, son William H. Barnard IV and daughter-in-law Jeannie Barnard. Grandchildren; Joshua (wife Amy) Hill, Jordan Hill, Jake (wife Jacque) Hill, Andrea (husband Kaleb) Lanning, and William H V (wife Megan). Great Grandchildren; Brynleigh Hill, Libby Hill, Evvie Hill, Asher Hill, Ryker Bruto, Reese Hill, Beau Hill, Liam Lanning, Lucy Lanning, and Maci Barnard. Marie also has two more great grandchildren on the way.
A memorial service will be at 3:00 PM, Thursday, February 10, 2022 at Langsford Funeral Home with a visitation following the service until 6:30 PM. We hope you are able to attend. In lieu of flowers, memorial donations can be made to the Alzheimer’s Association at act.alz.org in Marie’s honor.
Arrangements by Langsford Funeral Home, 115 SW 3rd, Lee’s Summit, MO 64063