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Barbara Jean Wilson

August 13, 1944 — January 26, 2024

Council Grove

Barbara Jean Wilson

Barbara Jean (Croes) Wilson was born on August 13, 1944, to Howard Gerald and Mary Josephine (Lind) Croes in Fargo, North Dakota. She went to be with the Lord on January 262024

Throughout her early life, Barbara lived across the Midwest in Mason City, Iowa, Joliet and New LenoxIllinois, and Overland Park, Kansas, where she graduated from Shawnee Mission East High School. She attended Bethany College in Lindsborg, Kansas and Kansas City Community College.

In 1962, while visiting the home of a college friend in Council Grove, she met the love of her life and later married Larry Gail Wilson on March 71964, at First Lutheran Church in Shawnee MissionKansas. She lived the remainder of her life in Morris County Kansas.

Barbara was a farmer’s wife, homemaker, mother of two children, and was employed at the Morris County Treasurer's Office and as an Instructional Aide for USD #417

She enjoyed spending time with family and friends, traveling, reading, searching for the perfect antique, genealogy, scrapbooking and flower gardening. Chocolate was her favorite food group.  Barbara was a member of the Calvary Lutheran Church, Calvary Lutheran Ladies Guild, Morris County Young Farm Wives, Kansas Young Farm Wives, Opportunity EHU Club, and Daughters of the American Revolution

Survivors include: her husbandLarry of 59 years, daughter Kristine Steenbock and son-in-law Curtis of Longford, Kansas, and son Jeff Wilson and daughter-in-law Karen of San AntonioTexasFive grandchildrenAndrea Willmann and husband Kyle of Clay Center, KansasCaleb Steenbock and wife Bailey of Longford, KansasAlexander Wilson of San Antonio, Texas, Tess Wilson of Tyler, Texas, and Bennet Wilson from BostonMassachusettsThree Great-Grandsons Drake and Chase Willmann of Clay Center, Kansas, and Braxton Steenbock of Longford, Kansas and a fourth great grandchild on the way. Sister Bette Croes of Overland ParkKansas, and brother Charles Croes and sister-in-law Nancy of Eden PrairieMinnesotaShe was preceded in death by her parents. 

A Celebration of Life service for Barbara will be held at 11:00am on Saturday February 172024, at the Calvary Lutheran Church with Pastor Adam Reichart officiating. Her family will receive friends from 4:30-6:30pm Friday evening February 16th at the Calvary Lutheran ChurchHer final resting place will be at Greenwood Cemetery at a later date. Memorial contributions may be made to the Calvary Lutheran Church or the Calvary Lutheran Ladies Guild.

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Friday, February 16, 2024

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