Barbara J. Bucker, died peacefully on Sunday, December 26, 2021 at North Kansas City Hospital. What a life she led! She was born Barbara Jean Turner near Camden Point, MO, on May 5, 1929. She was the daughter of James Robert and Viola Turner. At an early age she loved music and began taking piano lessons with a respected teacher in Edgerton, MO, Winifred “Winnie” Shafer. She also sang and played the piano in numerous competitions and was pianist at Camden Point Christian Church through her adolescent years until she left to go to undergraduate school. She graduated from Camden Point High School in 1945 and continued her education at, what is now, Northwest Missouri State University. There she met Wm. P. Bucker, a returning World War II veteran, and they were married on Thanksgiving Day, November 27, 1947. They both graduated from the university with majors in music in 1948, and began their teaching careers in Iowa. They continued their education at the University of Colorado-Boulder and completed Master of Music Education degrees at UMKC.
In 1952 they returned to Missouri and began teaching at Park Hill High School in a new building in a newly formed reorganized school district. They taught at Park Hill High School for 28 years. She served as accompanist for the Concert Choir, soloists and ensembles during those years while also teaching in the business education department. She was active in the Park Hill-NEA and served as president for two terms. Both Barbara and Bill retired from teaching in 1980, but activities did not stop there. She enjoyed traveling, playing the piano, reading, sewing, entertaining, and playing golf. She was a life retired member of M-NEA and NEA. She was a judge and supervisory judge at her local polling place for over thirty years. She served on the 6th District Judicial Commission for two terms under Governor Mel Carnahan. Following her husband’s death, she volunteered in the office at Grace and Holy Trinity Cathedral for over fifteen years, many of those years volunteering several days a week. She was a director of the Park Hill School District Education Foundation for many years. She was selected to be one of the 50 Park Hill School District “Heroes” when the school celebrated its 50th anniversary, and she was the Park Hill Super Booster in 2014. While a member of Grace and Holy Trinity Cathedral she served on the Cathedral Vestry for six years.
She was preceded in death by her parents, her husband, and a sister-in-law, Lilybell Gray. She is survived by her loving son, Dr. Wm. Robert Bucker, two nieces, one nephew, cousins, and many former students and friends.
A Memorial service will be held 11:00 a.m., Saturday, February 12, 2022 at Grace and Holy Trinity Cathedral, 415 W. 13th Street Kansas City, MO 64105. The family requests no flowers but ask rather that donations be made to the Park Hill School District Education Foundation, Grace and Holy Trinity Cathedral in her honor or Donor’s choice of charity. Memories of Barbara and condolences to the family may be shared at meyersfuneralchapel.com.