Mrs. Barbara J. Purinton, 82, of Forsyth died Monday, February 12, 2018 at her
residence. Memorial services will from 1 to 3:00 P.M. Saturday, February 24, 2018
at the Maple Hill Funeral Home Kansas City, KS.
Barbara Jan Purinton was born Tuesday, September 17, 1935 in Blackwell, OK to
Willie Lloyd and Esther Patricia (Kabler) Neel. She attended school in Blackwell and
graduated with the class of 1953. She became a Licensed Practical Nurse. During
this time, she met William "Bill" Purinton. They were married June 23, 1956 in
Blackwell. She and Bill moved to Kansas City, Kansas. Barbara worked for several
hospitals in all aspects of LPN nursing in Kansas City. She then attended Johnson
City Community College in Overland Park, KS where she received an Associate's
degree in Management Consulting. She also was a softball umpire for the Parks and
Recreations in Kansas City, KS. Billy died in 1993 and Barbara continued to work
until she retired in 2003. Ten years later, she moved to Forsyth to be near her
Barbara was a member of the Community Women's Starlight Theater and the
Metropolitan Spiritual Church of Christ in Kansas City, MO. She enjoyed crossword
puzzles, traveling, singing with the church choir, shopping and spending time with
her family. She was a loving, caring, feisty and strong independent lady that met
life's challenges head on. She was a good listener, very compassionate, sharp
minded and a hard worker.
She is survived by two daughters, Janet Pillow and husband, Fred of Forsyth, Lea
Ann Bess and husband, Kenneth of Kansas City, KS; adopted daughters, Debby and
Joyce Quisenberry of Kansas City, KS; eight grandchildren, Maggie McCracken,
Jacob, Shawn and Tanner Walsh, Kevin and Kammi Bess and Charlene Bess Rinehart
and sixteen great-grandchildren.
She is preceded in death by her parents; husband, William "Billy" Purinton and one
brother, James Neel.
Arrangements are under the direction of the Kissee-Schofield-Eakins Funeral Home,
Mrs. Barbara J. Purinton
September 17, 1935 - February 12, 2018
15945 U.S. Hwy 160 ~ Forsyth, MO. 65653 ~ (417) 546-6250
Kissee-Schofield-Eakins Funeral Home