Margaret Luella Barlow (Allee)

Margaret Luella Barlow (Allee), at the age of 92 lost, her battle with cancer and walked lovingly into the arms of her Lord on the morning February 1st, 2021. Margaret was born in Hiawatha, KS on June 13, 1928. She was joined in Marriage to Alfred Barlow on May 27, 1950, and they welcomed three children: Bruce, Tobin and Amy.

Margaret graduated from Hiawatha High School in 1946. She received an Elementary Emergency Certificate in August of 1946 to fill a need for teachers. She began her career teaching in small Western Kansas schools that year. Despite receiving the emergency certificate to teach, Margaret continued her to pursue her degree in education, finally receiving a Bachelor’s Degree in Education from KU in 1973. She taught several years at Morris Elementary School in Kansas City, Kansas. She finished her teaching career in the Lawrence Public School District. She taught at India Elementary School, moving on to Kennedy Elementary School until she retired in 1989. She was fondly remembered by former students throughout the 30 years after her retirement, and she remembered all of them as well.
She was a devoted member of Good Shepherd Lutheran Church, an avid maker of beautiful quilts, a member of The Topeka Quilt Guild and The Kaw Valley Quilt Guild.

Margaret was the Grand Dame of the lovingly christened “Barlow family Compound” in North Lawrence. The compound encompasses four homes, a business (BKB Leather) and four Generations of family, where we annually host the Barlow Friends and Family Thanksgiving and the Capricorn Birthday Gathering.

Margaret is survived by her daughter Amy Barlow and husband Nathan Kramer of Omaha Nebraska. Her son Bruce Barlow and wife, Kris Barlow who was her daughter-in-law and best friend. She was Grandmama to her three loving grandchildren. Angela Barlow and her wife Kathryn Barlow, Austin Barlow, Zoe Smith and her husband Casey Smith. Last but certainly not least, by the light of her life, her two great-granddaughters Ebben Marie Smith and Ardis Luella Smith, all whom call the Barlow Compound home. A sister Ruth Plambeck of Santa Maria, California, a brother Mark Allee of Skokie, Illinois along and many nieces, nephews, and cousins.

She is preceded in death by her husband Alfred D Barlow, her brother Frank Allee, and this summer by her son Tobin Barlow, a victim of Covid.

We miss her deeply and are a bit lost without her. Godspeed dear one.


16 Condolences

  1. Colleen Winner on February 3, 2021 at 12:23 pm

    Margaret was a wonderful friend to my mother-in-law Hazel Winner! Thank you Margaret, RIP

  2. shelley barnhill on February 5, 2021 at 7:22 pm

    What a lovely summary of a beautiful life, she touched so many lives and left her wonderful essence on them. Thank you, for sharing her in the past and in the future.

  3. Charleen and John Helgesen on February 6, 2021 at 11:59 am

    Margaret was a dear lady to so many of us at Good Shepherd. Her caring spirit extended to everyone. And her creative handiwork added much beauty to our sanctuary. Blessed be her memory!

  4. Andy Tuttle on February 7, 2021 at 8:37 am

    I’m so sorry Bruce and family. I know how much she meant to all of you. Leilani and I are thinking about you during this time of mourning.

  5. Lydia Neu on February 7, 2021 at 8:58 am

    My heart is broken! I will always remember her smile and those amazing eyes! She was an inspiration in my life.. I am honored to have known such an amazing lady!

  6. Dave Olson on February 7, 2021 at 9:49 am

    Dear Barlow Family,
    Margaret impacted the lives of so many, especially thousands of children over her wonderful career. When I met her in 1992, she was so welcoming to me as a first year teacher at Kennedy Elementary. She gave me great advice to work with sixth graders and over the years she was a role modeled for many educators.
    Semper Fidelis,

  7. Rebecca Moeller on February 7, 2021 at 11:48 am

    Condolences family, sending you peace and love. Our hearts go out to you all.
    Wade Graves and Rebecca Moeller

  8. Billie Archer on February 7, 2021 at 12:26 pm

    Dear Kris & Bruce – wishing you many Mom stories in the days and years to come. Holding you and your family in my heart with love during this tender moment. Hugs to all.

  9. Linda Frost on February 7, 2021 at 1:23 pm

    I am so sorry for your loss. Wishing you love and peace in the days ahead. May her memory be for blessing.

  10. Susana Mariscal on February 8, 2021 at 1:29 am

    Margaret was like a mother to us, and the Barlows like family to our international family. She welcome us with open arms and always included us. She loved my flan and that I was always taking pictures. I loved her smile!!! I’m sending you all much love and holding you really tight in ny heart!!! I know that her light and love will be guiding us. I so wished to be in Lawrence!

  11. Cory Weber on February 8, 2021 at 7:54 am

    To the Barlows from the Webers. Our deepest condolences on the loss of Margaret. She was a kind and loving woman who’s influence and teaching will live on for many generations.

  12. john dibble on February 9, 2021 at 12:54 pm

    Very sad to hear about your loss.

  13. Tracy Rose on February 10, 2021 at 10:21 am

    Margaret was my teacher at Kennedy School. I remember so much about her. She made me mind and she made me listen. Something I found to be difficult at that age. She had the touch though. I learned so much from her. She was such a caring and loving woman and truly cared about her students. RIP and God Bless!
    Tracy Rose

  14. Gar Riley on February 10, 2021 at 12:42 pm

    My prayers are with your family. I have wonderful memories of Mrs Barlow my 6th grade teacher. She was a kind, yet firm teacher. My deepest condolences go out to you. Rest In Peace Mrs Barlow!
    Gari Riley.

  15. Michelle L Dumler on February 10, 2021 at 1:08 pm

    What an amazing legacy to her family and students. I was blessed to have her for 5th grade at Kennedy school (along with some classmates I see here!). She had firm but gentle hand with us, and was especially good at getting some of us to quiet down and study. I have so many fond memories of her classroom!

  16. Virgie Christy on February 15, 2021 at 7:39 pm

    My condolences to Margarets family. I got acquainted with Margaret at Good Shepherd Lutheran Church. I was on a couple of committees with her and I helped out with the quilters. She was always so sweet and kind and welcoming with a nice smile. We will miss her.

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