OBITUARY

Mary Jo Barron

September 15, 1944November 2, 2018
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Mary Jo Barron was born in Stillwater, Oklahoma on September 15, 1944. She was the older of two children born to Mary (Love) and Herman Boyce. At the age of two her family moved to California. In 1960 she was voted the first black Track Queen of San Pedro High School. She graduated from high school in 1962 and attended Langston University for one year before returning to California. In June of 1963 she married William Reddick and to that union one child was born.

In 1971 she and her son moved to Kansas City, Kansas for a new start. She started working for her cousin Dr. Thomas A. Jones D.D.S. as his Office Manager until she began her career at TWA in 1976. She remained at TWA until her retirement in 1999. Her benefits from TWA allowed her to travel the world. Her favorite place to go was Barbados, where she went every year since 1985. She just loved the Caribbean! Mary Jo never met a stranger and had a very outgoing personality. She had a positive outlook on life. Her motto was to live her life like it was golden and she had no regrets.

Mary Jo was preceded in death by her parents Mary and Herman Boyce, and her only sister Herma Leigh Williams. She leaves to cherish her memories her husband of 37 years, Otis (Puddin) Barron. One child Damon Reddick; five grandchildren, Shelby Hook, Aryssa Reddick, Jenessa Juarez, Mariah Anderson, and Michael Reddick. Two great-grandchildren, Emerson Johnson and Carter Walls. One sister-in-law Annola Richardson; and a host of nieces, nephews, cousins and friends.

Memorial services will be held at 12:00pm, Saturday, November 10, 2018 at Chapel Hill – Butler Funeral Home, 701 North 94th Street, Kansas City, Kansas 66112.

Services

  • Memorial Service Saturday, November 10, 2018
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Lee McDonald

November 9, 2018

I am so sorry to hear of Mary Jo's passing. She was a co-worker at TWA and was well loved by all. I don't think I ever saw her in a foul mood. She was a joy to be around. Even we didn't see each other much after retirement, I will always remember her smile. May good memories of her help her loved ones to get through this difficult time.

Janet JonesPreston

November 6, 2018

Spending the summer with Aunt Naomi my sister and I were sent to stay with the Boyce Family. We were told they are our cousins.
Mary Jo and Hermalee were about our age and sooo much fun, their Mother Mary was kind, loving and sooo funny and their Dad Herman, well we ALL had to take turns rubbing his back. He was funny too. But serious about his back pain.
I learned the funniest jokes ever from our new cousins. “WHAT I CAN DO WITH THESE HANDS, WHAT I CAN DO WITH THESE LIPS”. I’d ask Mary Jo to tell that joke over and over and over again.
I’d laugh every time as if it was the first time I’d heard it.
When our cousins stopped coming to FAMILY REUNIONS we lost touch.
Please come to our FAMILY REUNION July 26-28 2019 in Seattle.
YOU ARE LOVED AND YOU ARE MISSED.

Your Cousin,🌹
Janet ARRENER Jones Preston
Daughter of Lewis & Geneva Jones
Grand daughter of Rufus & ARRENER Jones

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Biography

Mary Jo Barron was born in Stillwater, Oklahoma on September 15, 1944. She was the older of two children born to Mary (Love) and Herman Boyce. At the age of two her family moved to California.
In 1960 she was voted the first black Track Queen of San Pedro High School. She graduated from high school in 1962 and attended Langston University for one year before returning to California. In June of 1963 she married William Reddick and to that union one child was born.

In 1971 she and her son moved to Kansas City, Kansas for a new start. She started working for her cousin Dr. Thomas A. Jones D.D.S. as his Office Manager until she began her career at TWA in 1976. She remained at TWA until her retirement in 1999. Her benefits from TWA allowed her to travel the world. Her favorite place to go was Barbados, where she went every year since 1985. She just loved the Caribbean!
Mary Jo never met a stranger and had a very outgoing personality. She had a positive outlook on life. Her motto was to live her life like it was golden and she had no regrets.

Mary Jo was preceded in death by her parents Mary and Herman Boyce, and her only sister Herma Leigh Williams. She leaves to cherish her memories her husband of 37 years, Otis (Puddin) Barron. One child Damon Reddick; five grandchildren, Shelby Hook, Aryssa Reddick, Jenessa Juarez, Mariah Anderson, and Michael Reddick. Two great-grandchildren, Emerson Johnson and Carter Walls. One sister-in-law Annola Richardson; and a host of nieces, nephews, cousins and friends.

Memorial services will be held at 12:00pm, Saturday, November 10, 2018 at Chapel Hill – Butler Funeral Home, 701 North 94th Street, Kansas City, Kansas 66112.