Barbara Mae (Edmonds) Harper

October 24, 1947January 16, 2019
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Barbara Mae (Edmonds) Harper, 71, of North Kansas City, was killed on January 16, 2019. Visitation will be held at 6:00pm to 8:00pm on Thursday, January 24, 2019 at McGilley Antioch Chapel, 3325 NE Vivion Road, Kansas City, MO 64119. Celebration of Life will be held at 2:00 pm on Friday, January 25, 2019 at McGilley Antioch Chapel.

Barbara was born in 1947 in Miami, Florida, daughter of William T. Edmonds, Sr. and Johnnie Mae (Neyland) Edmonds. She graduated in 1966 from Jesse H Jones High School in Houston, TX. She lived in Irving, TX, Ypsilanti, MI, Ann Arbor, MI and Riverside, MO.

Barbara was married to Gary L Harper. She is survived by her daughter Jill M (Harper) Harding, son Clifford R Harper, grandsons Brandon J Harper, Haiden L Harding and Nolan J First; brothers William T (Mary Beth Sefton ) Edmonds, Jr and John S (Michele O)Edmonds; brothers-in-law Larry L (Marilyn) Harper and Donald J Sutton; sister-In-law Donna Kay Weaver; great-grandson 1, expected grandchild 1, many loved nieces and nephews. Preceded in death by her parents William T. Edmonds, Sr. and Johnnie Mae (Neyland) Edmonds and sister-in-law Paula Jean (Harper) Sutton.

Barbara was employed by the United States Postal Service, since February 15, 1986. She was killed during her drive home from the Post Office after working the night shift. Fast action and cameras allowed the Kansas City, Missouri, Police Department to catch the suspect.

The family would like to offer thanks to Kansas City, Missouri, Police Department.

Family request in lieu of flowers please make donations to In Touch Ministries or City Union Mission or a charity of your choice.


  • Gary Harper, Husband
  • Jill M. (Harper) Harding, Daughter
  • Clifford R. Harper, Son
  • Brandon J. Harper, Grandson
  • Haiden L. Harding, Grandson
  • Nolan J. First, Grandson
  • William T. (Mary Beth Sefton) Edmonds Jr., Brother
  • John S. (Michele O) Edmonds, Brother
  • Larry L. (Marilyn) Harper, Brother-in-law
  • Donald J. Sutton, Brother-in-law
  • Donna Kay Weaver, Sister-in-law
  • Great-grandson 1 and Great-granddaughter (Expected)
    Many loved nieces and nephews


  • Visitation Thursday, January 24, 2019
  • Celebration of Life Friday, January 25, 2019

Barbara Mae (Edmonds) Harper

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Kenny and Judy George

January 27, 2019

Gary and Family , We are so sorry for your loss. May it comfort you to know how many caring thoughts are with you at this time.

With our deepest sympathy,
Kenny and Judy

Debra Arnett Trimble

January 24, 2019

So Sorry, for the loss of your Love one. May your Family allow GOD TO COMFORT YOU TODAY AND ALWAYS.πŸ˜ŠπŸ˜‡πŸ™πŸ»πŸ€—. Barbara will be truly Missed by the Post office & our Unit 030. She ALWAYS keep us updated with the score, when our team " The CHIEFS were playing a game. πŸ€—πŸ˜Š . Her Lovely SMILE will be Missed by all of US at the Post Office,/ we call The Big House. 😁. THANK YOU FOR SHARING HER WITH US. πŸ˜ŠπŸ€—. She has received her CROWN from GOD. πŸ˜πŸ‘ΈπŸΌπŸ˜‡πŸ™πŸ»

Bettina Evans

January 22, 2019

I was Barbara's Supervisor at the United States Postal Service, KCMO Processing and Distribution Center. She was an outstanding employee and a joy to work with. She always had a contagious smile and a positive attitude. She will truly be missed at the plant! My sincere condolences!

Cassady Thompson

January 21, 2019

I will never forget who taught my son to say his first word. Thank you for always greeting us with a smile and being so happy and positive every time we can came around. I’m heartbroken you won’t get to meet your great grand daughter, but trust that our kids will always know who you are. We miss you so much already!

Cindy Banks Phipps

January 21, 2019

We worked together. She trained me on waste mail sorting. No matter what she always had a smile on her face eveyday that i used to work in the building for 5-6 years. She was very nice. I want to give my condolences to the family. Sirry for your loss.

Jane Brown

January 20, 2019

Barbara is my precious childhood friend. We met in eighth grade at Hartman Junior High in Houston, TX, and never lost touch with one another. I treasure her friendship, because as kids we went through some difficult times. I credit Barbara's mother as being the person who made my childhood bearable. Johnnie Mae, was the light in my dark world when I was growing up. Barbara lifted me up, when I needed it, and I lifted her up, when she needed it, but Barbara was the one doing the heavy lifting. She had a way of helping me see the positive side of things. As adults, we made our way in life, and we continued to lift one another up. Her loss leaves me with great despair. I will never hear her voice again or get a text from her. I will never hear her say, "Guess what?" We were children together, young adults, and then we were growing old together. My world was a better world because she was in it. I praise God for her life, her friendship, and for granting her safe passage to the other side. I will see her again. Rest in peace my dear precious friend, and we will meet again.

Dyantha Ford

January 19, 2019

My prayers to Barbara's family. I worked with Barbara also. From the moment I met her I knew she was the sweetest and most loving person I would ever know. Always smiling, happy to help out anyone, anywhere. I'm glad I got to know this beautiful woman. She will be missed by everyone.

Jan Ralston

January 18, 2019

My heart goes out to you and your family, Gary, over this senseless, tragic loss. If there's anything I can do to help, don't hesitate to contact me. You will be in my thoughts and prayers. May Barbara rest in peace.

Julie Isham

January 18, 2019

Barb was always the lady with the smile on her face and the well wishes for anyone in her heart.When I was put on light duty at work due to an injury,she was always there to encourage me and let me know that I would get through the change of schedule and all the problems that came with working the light duty job. She was quick to praise and slow to anger ( that’s an oddity in today’s life) but I really appreciated her help and love. She will be missed and thought of often.

Ranell Cochran

January 18, 2019

Im a coworker of Barbs. Barbara was a real Sweetheart!! I'm so saddened by this! I will miss her Beautiful Smiling Face & Genuine Heart! Sending Love & Hugs to your family!!