Juanita Inez Neeley Barnett was born February 24, 1922, the second of three children born to the union of the late Leroy and Jessie Neeley in Quindaro, Kansas.
She attended the Vernon Elementary School and graduated from Western University.
She united in marriage to Sylvesta Barnett, Sr. in 1945. She worked at the Baughman Eggplant, Visiting Nurses Program and the Foster Grandparents where she retired after many years of service.
She united with the First Baptist Church of Quindaro at an early age where she remained a lifelong member. She served as a Sunday School Teacher for over seventy years where she had a special prayer that she would have all her students learn before leaving her class. She sang in the choir, was a member of the Church Convention and the James Cleveland Music Workshops for thirty plus years. She served with the Scripture Shower Family of the Kansas City Metro Area and the Order of Eastern Star, the Jennie Moore Chapter. She served diligently at the Young Memorial COGIC Food Pantry, and the Quindaro Community Center Annual Thanksgiving Dinner, feeding over eight hundred people and delivering meals to the homes of those who were not able to attend. She was a catalyst for the Quindaro Reunion Committee.
Juanita was what you would call a “Social Butterfly”. She loved being around people and helping them and seeing everyone happy. She loved to play Bingo, Chinese Checker, Revolution and Pit. When it came to the family gathers and holidays, she was always present serving with a caring spirit. She was known for her candid yams, tomato dumplings, her famous “Boobie Punch”, fried pies, banana nut bread, friendship cakes, Christmas candy and cookies.
Juanita was a lifelong resident of the Quindaro Community and a lifelong member of the First Baptist Church of Quindaro. She received numerous awards and accolades from her church and the many organizations to which she belonged. She believed that a community should unite together to get things done. She attended Churches on both side of the state line, Kansas and Missouri.
She preceded in death by her father, Leroy Neely, mother, Jessie Neely; one sibling Irma Powell; daughter, Earnestine Jackson; son, Albert Barnett and a granddaughter Jessica Newsom.
She leaves her precious memories, three sons, Lawrence Hickman, Sr., Sylvesta (Neinna)Barnett, Jr. and Anthony Barnett; one daughter, Jessie (Anthony)Barnett-Ford; one sibling, Loretta Norman; eleven grandchildren, fifteen great grandchildren and eight great-great grandchildren; numerous nieces, nephews, cousins and friends whom she loved dearly.
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