Funeral services for Barbara Lee, 76, will be held Tuesday, November 28, 2023 at First Baptist Church of Blue Springs, 4500 Little Blue Parkway, Independence, MO. Her family will receive family and friends from 1:00 – 4:00 p.m. Funeral service will begin at 4:00 p.m. A private family graveside service will take place at a later time. Arrangements have been entrusted to Meyers Funeral Chapel in Blue Springs. Memories of Barbara and words of comfort for her family may be shared at meyersfuneralchapel.com
Barbara Marie Kilgore Lee was raised in Arcadia, Louisiana as the only child of Thomas and Marie Kilgore. She was a gifted child, excelling in academics and music. She graduated high school when she was 16 years old and attended Southern University in Baton Rouge, Louisiana as a piano music major.
She graduated from Southern with honors and received a scholarship to study piano performance at Indiana University in Bloomington, Indiana. After completing the challenging master’s program, she was offered her first teaching job as a piano instructor at the former Arkansas A & M University in Pine Bluff (now known as the University of Arkansas, Pine Bluff). Not knowing anyone in Arkansas, she took the leap of faith and started her career.
During her first semester, she met a junior football player who was a music major. He had heard of the new piano instructor, and as a vocalist, he had always wanted someone to play the piano for him. They met in the fall of 1969 and were married by February 1970. Thus began a life of music together–Barbara played the piano and her husband W.N. “Bud” Lee sang.
Barbara and Bud dedicated their lives to music ministry, traveling to churches throughout the country for over 30 years. Their three children also traveled with them as Barbara homeschooled all three children on the road, long before homeschooling was a widely acceptable form of education.
Barbara was often very sick as a child. The doctors did not understand allergies or food sensitivities, and she would stay sick for weeks at time. That prompted her love for reading, as she would entertain herself with books while home from school. As an adult, Barbara became determined to learn more about health and living a healthy life. During their time at churches with their music ministry, Barbara would also teach “Healthy Living” seminars to church members who were interested in learning what the Bible said about healthy living.
Barbara is survived by her faithful husband Bud of 53 years and three children: Melodye (Ken) Moore, Stephanie (Tony) Steele, and David “DJ” Lee. She also had four grandchildren: Roman Steele, Titus Steele, Anna Steele, and Jude Steele. She is preceded in death by her parents Thomas and Marie Kilgore.