Mala Nelson Barnes, 65, a Northland resident of Kansas City, MO passed away peacefully at 1:30 a.m. Thursday, June 2, 2022. At the time of her passing, she was a patient at the NorthCare Hospice House.
Mala graduated from San Benito High School, Hollister, CA, in 1974. She received a BS in Journalism with an emphasis in Advertising with Magazine Concentration from the University of Kansas in 1978. Upon graduation she worked at Slushboomer, and Milgram Food Stores, Kansas City, MO and for Lever Brothers, CO, Wichita, KS, before joining The Hershey Company, working in the Greater Kansas City area. She retired from The Hershey Company in October 2021 after 38 years.
Mala enjoyed an active life, hunting and fishing, scuba diving and traveling. These activities took her from Alaska, Australia, China, Mexico and numerous islands throughout the Caribbean. She was a loving Aunt, enjoying holidays with family and her extended families of friends, attending graduations and weddings across the county.
She is survived by her brother, David Nelson (Lynn) of Venice, FL, sister Marla (Randall) Smith, Bonita Springs, FL; sister-in-law, Elaine Nelson, Naples, FL; three nephews, Marcus and Erik Nelson, Illinois, Bryant Smith, Virginia, and niece Brittany Smith, Minnesota; and six great nephews and nieces. She was proceeded In death by her parents, Eugene K. and MaryMadge Nelson; and brother Douglas Nelson.
Her family will receive family and friends from 2:00 – 2:30 pm, Friday, June 17, 2022 at Meyers Northland Chapel 401 Main Street, Parkville, MO. A funeral service celebrating Mala’s life will commence at 2:30 pm. A private family casting ceremony of ashes will be held in Florida, per her wishes. In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions are suggested to Saint Luke’s Foundation. In Memory of Mala Barnes on check memo line. For those that wish to make an online donation: Please use “Chrome” and Go to http://saintlukesgiving.givevirtuous.org/Donate. Under Gift Designation type in Knootz Center Retreat. Under Tribute type in Mala Barnes.