Barbara Diane Grimes

September 14, 1953June 10, 2020

Barbara Diane Grimes of Kansas City, Missouri passed away unexpectedly Wednesday, June 10, 2020 at Research Medical Center.

Born on September 14, 1953 in Carrollton, Missouri to Dale and Ivah McNeall, Barbara spent her childhood taking dance classes which she truly loved. She graduated from Ruskin High School in 1971 and was married. After her divorce, Barbara began working at Black & Veatch Engineering as an Executive Assistant. She held this post for over 30 years, retiring in 2017. During her many years of service, Barbara received numerous accolades for her commitment to excellence and her job performance. She enjoyed her work there and established lifelong friendships with many of her co-workers.

Barbara was a strong supporter of local rugby and volunteered her time serving as secretary for the Kansas City Rugby Football Club for several years. You could find her many weekends attending local matches and supporting the players. She was able to travel with the team to Scotland, Wales and Ireland which allowed her to indulge in another of her interests, travel.

Barbara is survived by her younger sister, Rose Kester of Kansas City, Missouri, five nieces and nephews and one great-niece. She is also survived by her longtime friend, confidant and companion Michael Martin of Kansas City, Missouri, plus numerous friends and acquaintances. The family asks that in lieu of flowers, donations be made in Barbara’s name directly to the Susan G. Komen Foundation. A visitation will be held Friday, June 26th from 6:30 to 8pm at Newcomer’s Floral Hills Funeral Home, Raytown, Missouri.


  • Visitation

    Friday, June 26, 2020


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Palita Robinson

June 30, 2020

Condolences to her family.

Susan Rodriguez

June 26, 2020

Babs, was my partner in crime for many many years! I have known Babs since I was 16 years old! We took many trips together and laughed till we peed! Our U.K. trip with the Rugby club was the best! I will miss our laughs are great memories and stories! Until we see each other again! Love you girlie!!!❤️😢

Mitzi McCord

June 24, 2020

RIP Barb! It was a pleasure knowing and working with you all those years! You were a crack up.

Sherri Middlebusher

June 24, 2020

I am going to miss our lunches and our clique gatherings with the 5 of us...sad that it's now 4 so unexpectedly. Who will give me tiaras now? :) Every time I see a minion - I will think of you. Every time I water that absurd plant you gave me at work - I will think of you. Every time I order a salad at lunch - I will think of you. :) I remember vividly the day in 2000 when you chewed me OUT for quitting my job at B&V and being afraid I wouldn't keep in touch (and proving you wrong). And I remember the day I called to tell you I was coming back 16 yrs later. On paper it made no sense we were friends as we had nothing in common - and I wouldn't trade it for the world...

Terrie Bossert

June 23, 2020

Barbara was a good friend of my daughter and was a part of many family trips, parties, and our life for many years. I am deeply saddened to hear that she has passed. She was a good friend and she will be missed. My condolences to Mikey and Rosie. May she Rest In Peace.

Michael Martin

June 23, 2020

Hey Peanut, I want you to know that I will miss you very much. I can't imagine what my life will be without you.