Barbara Ann McFadden, 87, of Smithville, MO passed away November 16th, 2022, at NorthCare Hospice House with her daughter by her side. Barbara was born January 4, 1935, in rural Jackson County, MO to Harley G. and Mary A. (Russell) Dalton. Barbara attended Delta School, a one room schoolhouse near her home. She was a proud member of the graduating class of 1952 from Blue Springs High School, where she lettered in music and made lifelong friends. After High School she took secretarial courses and began working for American Bakeries in North Kansas City. She worked every desk in the office eventually becoming office manager. When she retired in 1990, she was the Human Resource manager.
On April 13, 1957, she married Lowell Richard McFadden. They had one daughter, Shauna, and made Gladstone, MO their home until they retired to Smithville, MO.
Barbara loved to travel and see the world. She enjoyed train trips to the Canadian Rockies and Miami Beach with her girlfriends and when she was married, she traveled with her husband and daughter checking the states off one by one. After Lowell died, she and her daughter successfully completed the list with trips to Alaska and Hawaii. Whether on a cruise ship, river cruise or bus tour she did indeed see much of the world; forty counties on four continents.
Barbara was always a faithful and active member of the Disciples of Christ Christian Church. At the time of her death, she was a member of Fairview Christian Church in Gladstone, The First Christian Church of Smithville, and Community Christian of Kansas City. Through the years she always answered the call for service. She enjoyed the Christian Women’s Fellowship group (now known as Disciples Women’s Ministry) and was active in the regional organization where she met women from all over the city.
She is preceded in death by her husband, both parents, an infant brother, her older siblings, Mary Louise Dalton, Lawrence H. Dalton and Norma Lee Lemons. She is survived by her daughter Shauna Young of Gladstone, MO and three generations of nieces and nephews. All who will miss their Aunt Barbara dearly.
Visitation will be held from 9:30 – 11:00 a.m., Monday, November 21, 2022, at the First Christian Church of Smithville, 201 N. Bridge St., Smithville, MO 64089. The funeral Service celebrating Barbara’s life will commence at 11:00a.m., with Rev. Ryan Motter: Rev. Valerie Austin and Rev. Jill Standley officiating. A Committal Service will immediately follow at Mt. Olivet Cemetery, 13120 Mt. Olivet Rd., Smithville, MO. Memories of Barbara and condolences to the family may be shared at meyersfuneralchapel.com
In lieu of flowers Memorial contributions are suggested to:
Christian Church Foundation
Designated: Disciples Women’s Endowment Fund
P. O. Box 1007
Indianapolis, IN 46206