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Barbara Jean Brown

December 11, 1935 - February 17, 2021


Barbara Jean Brown was born in Helena, Arkansas on December 11, 1935 to Thelma Brogley, a schoolteacher, and Raymond Brogley, a civil engineer. She was a graduate of Arkansas State Teachers College in Conway, Arkansas. She taught special education students, taught Sunday School at Village Presbyterian Church, was a Girl Scout Troop Leader, was very active politically in the Kansas Republican Party, served many years as a Heart of America cat rescue volunteer, and was a member of the Prairie Village City Council Environmental Committee from 2012 - 2017. 


She exited peacefully from Kansas City Hospice House on February 17, 2021. She was preceded in death by both parents and her brother, Raymond L. Brogley, Jr. She is survived by her daughters: Catherine Costa of Cupertino, California; Beckon Brown of Lee’s Summit, Missouri; Selena Parrish of Eureka Springs, Arkansas; and her granddaughter, Samantha Brown-Benedict of San Diego, California.


Her passion for antiques led her to be a life-long collector. She was an avid environmentalist, a dedicated gardener, and lover of animals and nature.


The family extends their heartfelt thanks to the staff of Kansas City Hospice House for the compassionate care she received.


Donations may be made on her behalf to the Alzheimer’s Association at


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