Jane Barber

Jane V. Barber, 90, passed away peacefully at her home in Lawrence on July 3, 2012.  She was born on July 27, 1921, in Kansas City, Missouri, to Nathan Thomas Veatch, Jr. and Amarette Weaver Veatch.  She had two siblings, Nancy Veatch, who died in childhood, and Aileen Veatch Callaway, who predeceased her in 1998.

Her great-grandfather and great-grandmother, Lathrop and Susan Bullene, were among the early settlers of Lawrence.  Lathrop Bullene established the Bullene Dry Goods Store in 1857, which was later sold to his son-in-law, A.D. Weaver, and became Weaver’s Department Store.  Her uncle and aunt, Arthur B. Weaver and Nell DeHart Weaver, were well-known citizens of Lawrence for many years.

In 1915 her father, N.T. Veatch, Jr., co-founded Black & Veatch in Kansas City, today one of the largest engineering firms in the United States with over 100 offices worldwide.

She was graduated from Southwest High School in Kansas City, Missouri, in 1938.  She was thereafter graduated from Bradford College in Haverhill, Massachusetts, in 1940, and the University of Kansas in 1942.  Shortly after the Second World War she married Robert M. Murray, Jr., of Kansas City, to whom she was married until 1956.  She thereafter married Richard A. Barber, of Lawrence, in 1960.  They were married until his death in 1998.

She is survived by her children, Thomas V. Murray and Stephanie A. Murray, both of Lawrence, and her daughter-in-law, Cindy Murray, also of Lawrence; two grandchildren, Anne Emert and spouse Mark Emert, of Lawrence, and Thomas V. Murray, Jr. and spouse Lisa Murray, of Santa Monica, California; and her great-grandchild, Samuel Thomas Emert of Lawrence.

She was a member of the First Presbyterian Church of Lawrence, Pi Beta Phi sorority, the Chancellor’s Club, Chapter AZ of P.E.O., the Twentieth Century Club, the Amigas Club, the Lawrence Country Club, The River Club and the Jane Club.  She was an extraordinarily kind and gentle person, and was involved in numerous philanthropic activities in Lawrence and Kansas City.

Services will be held on Monday, July 9, 2012, at 2:00 p.m. at the First Presbyterian Church.  There will be no visitation.  Private burial will be at Oak Hill Cemetery.

The family suggests memorials to the Lawrence Memorial Hospital Endowment Association, the K.U. Endowment Association, and The Family Conservancy of Kansas City, Missouri, which may be sent in care of Warren-McElwain Mortuary.


8 Condolences

  1. Jeff Martin on July 5, 2012 at 7:55 pm

    I’m so sorry to here about my favorite client and friend. I will miss our monthly talks and friendship greatly. What a wonderful lady. What a joy she was.

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  3. Helen Pendleton Rumbaut on July 6, 2012 at 8:15 pm

    Tom and Stephanie, I am so sorry to hear about the passing of your mother. May God give you His peace that passes understanding in this difficult time.

    Helen Pendleton Rumbaut
    Austin, Texas

  4. Nancie Lockwood on July 6, 2012 at 9:44 pm

    Jane was a dear friend and a truly wonderful lady. I am thankful that I was able to know her. She was warm, caring, sweet, beautiful, kind, witty, smart and a terrific conversationalist. Sigh. . . I will miss you Jane.

  5. Elizabeth on July 6, 2012 at 9:57 pm

    Mrs. Barber was my neighbor for around 15 years and she was a wonderful neighbor.
    One time I saw a deer walking by her window so we called her up to let her know. The deer was faster than she was and ran away before she got to see. A few days later we brought over pictures to show her and she enjoyed them. We had a little conversation and I mentioned how my cat had followed me over and opened the door to show her. My cat, being rather bold, walked right inside. Most people would freak out, but Mrs. Barber didn’t seem to mind one bit.
    She was a constant in our neighborhood, a staple. I’m so sorry she passed away but I’m left with nothing but good memories.

  6. Nell Powell Trefz on July 7, 2012 at 7:07 am

    Reading of the passing of Jane Veatch Barber surely brought back a lot of memories for me. I doubt you recognize the name of Powell but I was born on the farm owned by Mr. Veatch out by Lone Star Lake known as the Springlake Stock Farm. My dad and mother were Brad and Lola Powell. Although I never got to meet Jane or Aileen, when I came along I was named Nell for Mrs. Weaver and Aileen for Aileen Veatch. Mr. Veatch and Mrs. Weaver visited the farm often and mother always sent fresh vegetables from her large garden with them when they left. When I got married, Mrs. Weaver gave me a beautiful blanket from Weavers Dept. Store. I had no idea that Jane lived in Lawrence. It sounds as if she was a wonderful lady and I would have enjoyed knowing her. I know one doesn’t enjoy obits in the paper but this one certainly brought back a lot of long-ago memories for me. My condolences to your family, I know you will miss her dearly.

  7. Rodger and Sheryl Henry on July 7, 2012 at 2:15 pm

    We send our condolences to your family and this time. We are thinking of you.

  8. Steve on July 9, 2012 at 10:05 am

    On behalf of myself and Judy Brynds, please accept our condolances. We are very sorry for your loss. Jane was truly a one-of-a-kind lady and I am very fortunate to have known her. Best regards to the entire family, Steve Albright

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