McGilley State Line Chapel

12301 State Line Road, Kansas City, MO


Barbara Letitia Zumwinkle Mathewson

20 November , 192926 October , 2019

Barbara Zumwinkle Mathewson, 89, of Overland Park, KS, passed away Saturday, October 26, 2019, at the NorthCare Hospice House. A Memorial Service will be held on Saturday, November 2, 10:30 a.m., at Church of the Nativity, 3800 W. 119th St., Leawood, KS. Visitation will be held on Friday, November 1 from 5-7 p.m., at McGilley State Line Chapel, 12301 State Line Road, Kansas City, MO. Cremation.

In lieu of flowers, the family suggests memorial contributions be made to the Kansas City Hospice, 1500 Meadow Lake Pkwy, Ste. 200, Kansas City, MO 64114 and/or Kansas City Jazz Ambassadors, 31 W. 31st St., Kansas City, MO 64108.

Barbara was born November 20, 1929 in Fergus Falls, MN. She graduated from Minneapolis West High School. She met Donald Mathewson, also at the school. Barbara and Donald married in 1950 in Minneapolis, MN. Over the years, they lived in Wisconsin, Pennsylvania, Illinois, Massachusetts, and Kansas, making many lasting friendships. Barbara was first and foremost a homemaker, wherever it was. She was a Cub Scout Den Mother, a “hockey mom”, an avid seamstress, and a tennis and bridge player. Barbara was a 30-year volunteer at St. Joseph’s Hospital, and a long-time supporter of Leawood Welcomers Club, Kansas City Jazz Ambassadors, Ladies of Charity and Kansas City Ragtime.

Barbara was preceded in death by her loving husband Donald R. Mathewson and parents Lyle and Minnette Zumwinkle; brothers Richard and Robert and her sister June McAllister. Barbara is survived by sons Dean Mathewson and wife Elizabeth Usovicz of Westwood, KS, Scott Mathewson and wife Michelle of Novato, CA, Stephen Mathewson of Vienna, Austria; daughter Sara Kenney and husband Mark, of Chagrin Falls, OH; grandsons Jesse (Kat) Mathewson and Ross (Colleen) Mathewson, Ryan (Monica) Kenney and Tyler (Ariana) Kenney; and great granddaughter Natalie Kenney.


  • Kansas City Hospice
  • Kansas City Jazz Ambassadors


  • Visitation Friday, 1 November , 2019
  • Memorial Service Saturday, 2 November , 2019


Barbara Letitia Zumwinkle Mathewson

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Mike Marsh

30 October 2019

Jan & I offer are sincere condolence on the death of your Mother! We shared many great times with Barb & Don. We are out of the country, so will be unable to attend the service.

Sincerely Mike & Jan Marsh