Barbara Ann Wisman Brown, 74, Leawood, Kansas, passed away on June 4th, 2013 after a courageous battle with ALS.
Barbara was born in Kansas City on November 9, 1938, the daughter of Guida Evans and Martin Wisman. Barbara lost her father early in her life, he was an American soldier who died in a German POW camp during WWII. Barbara’s young childhood was in Kansas City’s northeast side. Upon her Mothers marriage to Grant Minor, they moved to Wichita, Kansas, where she graduated from Wichita North High School in 1956. She attended Wichita State University where she was a member of Delta Gamma Sorority.
She and her husband Ed Brown met while attending high school together and were married in September, 1958. Barbara was the loving mother of sons Brian and Brad, daughter in law Laurie, and grandchildren Harrison, Meredith and Emma. She dearly loved her sister Linda, brother-in-law Al Diombala, and her niece Ashley Pearce. Barb enjoyed music, theater, travel, movies, laughter, her family and many good friends. She was a lifelong tennis player and founding member at OP Racquet Club, where she continued to play with friends even after her ALS diagnosis. The family would like to especially thank all the friends who visited Barbara during her illness, and extends its gratitude to the kind, helpful people at the Claridge Court nursing home and Continua Hospice.
A service in celebration of Barbara’s life will be held at 2:00 on Tuesday, June 11th at Heritage United Methodist Church, 12850 Quivira Road, Overland Park. In lieu of flowers, the family suggests donations to the ALS Association, Keith Worthington Chapter 6950 Squibb Rd Mission, KS 66202. Assistance by Funeral Advocates LLC. Arrangements entrusted to Signature Funerals 8019 State Line Rd. KCMO 64114 816-214-5174 www.signaturefunerals.com