Barbara Ann Besaw

February 1, 1940January 7, 2020

Barbara Ann Besaw went to be with her Lord and Savior on Tuesday, January 7th, 2020, at Wilshire Lakewood Skilled Nursing facility from natural causes. Barbara was born to William and Ann LaFavers on Feburary 1, 1940 in Amarillo, Texas where she was the second of eight children. Barbara lived in the home until she graduated from Amarillo High School and then married the love of her life Raymond R. Besaw on June 26, 1958. While living on the Air Force base in Topeka, KS, she met her life-long best friend, Joyce Skinner. They shared many laughs and memories over their 60+ years of friendship and raised their families together. Barbara worked for the Hickman Mills Consolidated School District as the Food Service Manager for almost 20 years before retiring and moving to Truman Lake.

She is proceeded in death by her husband, Raymond, her parents, one brother, William LaFavers and a sister, Juanita Batterton. She is survived by her children: Patty Jones (Tim) of Kansas City, MO; Jerry Besaw (Kelly) of Aurora, CO; Shelli Coleman of Harrisonville, MO; granddaughters: Cindy Blackburn (Ryan) of Raymore, MO; Jessica Besaw of Raymore, MO; Lynette Lartey of Chicago, IL; Jill Johnson of Colorado Springs, CO; grandsons: Lawrence Lartey (Amanda) Robbinsville, NJ; Gregory Johnson of Tuscon, AZ and Shawn Johnson (Sydney) Parker, CO . Brothers: Kenneth LaFavers Breckenridge, TX; Richard LaFavers (Glenda) Victoria, TX; James LaFavers (Peggy) Amarillo, TX; Joseph LaFavers (Linda) Aurora, CO and one sister: Ramona Langton (Richard) Pittsburgh, TX.

In lieu of flowers, contributions may be made to Rachel House Pregnancy Resource Center at


  • Jacob Sieberlich
  • Joshua Sieberlich
  • Justin Sieberlich
  • Scott Sieberlich
  • Randy Watkins
  • Ryan Blackburn
  • Tim Jones, Honorary Pallbearer
  • Jerry Besaw, Honorary Pallbearer


  • Visitation Friday, January 10, 2020
  • Funeral Service Saturday, January 11, 2020
  • Committal Service Saturday, January 11, 2020


Barbara Ann Besaw

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Connie Morris

January 10, 2020

Patty, We are thinking of you and your family during this difficult time. It is always so hard to lose someone you love but take strength in the belief of eternal life. I enjoyed your stories about your mom and some of her adventures. Your loving care of her the last few years is an example for all of us.

Kathy Edwards

January 10, 2020

Oh my, so many wonderful memories of this precious friend. Barbara was love in the flesh. She was always kind and always shared truth and encouragement. She will be missed but I look forward to seeing her in our eternal home!

Sherree LaFavers Bennett

January 9, 2020

Aunt Barb is one of the brightest lights I have ever known. She lived and loved BIG! My very first airplane ride and vacation without the parents was a 2 week stay with Uncle Eay and Aunt Barb. She loved Jesus and loved people. She will be sorely missed but what a legacy. Patty, Shelli, Gerry, Cindy and Jessica, you are in my thoughts and prayers. I think fondly of the reunions happening in heaven with Ray and with all the LaFavers!

Marge Bass

January 9, 2020

Patty, I will always remember your mom's beautiful smile and sweet heart. Such a living spirit. She was a blessing to all who knew her.
Absent from us; together with Jesus.

Stephenie Kilgore

January 7, 2020

Barbara had the most beautiful spirit. She didn't know a stranger. She would talk to anyone, and would befriend everyone. My favorite part of my day at work was arguing with her over which one of us loved each other more. I also loved starting my day with hugs and singing with her. She showered everyone with compliments, and backed it up with telling them how honest she was. She was not joking. She would tell the truth about anything and everything, and I loved her for it. Work will not be the same without her. I will miss her so much. She truly made the hall a brighter place.