McGilley State Line Chapel

12301 State Line Road, Kansas City, MO


Barbara Ann Merrifield

June 13, 1926March 17, 2020

Barbara Ann Merrifield, age 93, of Overland Park, Kansas passed away Tuesday, March 17, 2020, at home surrounded by love. A private family Mass of Christian Burial will be held with burial following at Resurrection Cemetery. In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to Curé of Ars Catholic Church, 9401 Mission Road, Leawood, KS 66209.

Born in Santa Monica, California on June 13, 1926 to Dr. William F. and Matilda (Hoffman) Whelan, Barbara attended St. Monica’s Grammar and High School, followed by college at UCLA. She was a third generation Santa Monican who loved her California roots and Irish heritage.

Barbara married John Merrifield on April 23, 1949, thus beginning a beautiful union of fifty-eight years. They were blessed with three children and a large extended family. They moved to Johnson County, Kansas in 1968 to pursue John’s business opportunities.

Barbara’s life is best defined by her love of family. She was a wonderful wife, mother, grandmother and great grandmother. She loved nothing more than a visiting grandchild or Sunday night family dinners. For many years she was the primary caretaker to her beloved husband who suffered from MS. She had a wonderful group of friends and loved getting together for a good game of bridge. She was brilliant and sassy, full of life and goodness. She was the matriarch of the family, dearly loved and forever held tenderly in their hearts.

Barbara was preceded in death by her husband of fifty-eight years John M. Merrifield and her eldest son, Thomas M. Merrifield. She is survived by her son John W. Merrifield and wife Patricia of Muncy, PA; daughter Carol Herold and husband Don of Overland Park, KS; daughter-in-law Deborah Merrifield of Douglasville, GA. She is also survived by eight grandchildren: Megan Felch and husband William; Nicholas Herold and wife Tara; Leslie Dutton and husband Nicholas; Tommy Herold; Cassidy, Hannah, Heather and John Merrifield. The newest additions to the family were six great grandchildren Kyler, Paige and Layla Dutton; Judah and Macey Herold; and the family’s special angel, Teigan Herold.

The family would like to thank Crossroads Hospice for their compassionate end of life guidance. Finally a special thank you to Shannon Wilkinson from Benefits of Home for her beautiful gift of love, friendship and care.


  • John W. Merrifield (Patricia), Son
  • Carol Herold (Don), Daughter
  • Deborah Merrifield, Daughter-in-law
  • John M. Merrifield, Husband of 58 years (deceased)
  • Thomas M. Merrifield, Eldest Son (deceased)
  • Barbara also leaves 8 grandchildren and 6 great-grandchildren to cherish her memory.

  • Curé of Ars Catholic Church


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Barbara Ann Merrifield

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Steve McGurren

March 22, 2020

John and family,

I am sorry to hear of your loss. I remember your Mom (and Dad), from our Scouting days in Troop 395. Your parents were a wonderful couple who raised wonderful children. You are in my thoughts and prayers.

Steve McGurren

Deborah Merrifield

March 20, 2020

Always felt SO blessed to have Mom’s love!
She would say”never let your Pompoms get wet!” Her fortitude and humor were my sustenance as I have gone through life!
I will miss her unconditional love on this earth.
Now my companion in Spirt.
Thank you Mom❤️