McGilley & Hoge Johnson County Memorial Chapel

8024 Santa Fe Drive, Overland Park, KS


Barbara Ann Shafer

January 11, 1942October 20, 2019

After a walk outside in the sun and breeze, with her dear friend, Brennan, and her beloved nurse, Ashley, by her side, Barbara Shafer peacefully passed away on Sunday, October 20, 2019. Barb was an avid outdoors woman who enjoyed fishing, campfires and time with friends at the family lot on the Platte River in Edgerton, Missouri. She was privy to excellent morel mushroom locations and could gather an entire meal from the floor of the woods. She worked many years at North Platte Middle School in her home town. She loved to cook, enjoyed the holidays with her family and read books by the box full. She truly enjoyed her time as a grandmother.

Her most recent years were spent at Overland Park Place, where she made lots of friends and was loved by the care takers who spent their days with her. The gifts we saw in Barb’s life were a wicked sense of humor, an amazing work ethic and a generous heart to help anyone in need. In typical fashion, Barb’s generosity will live on in her choice to donate her body to the KU Medical School. She is survived by her sons, Tom Brady of Minnesota and Steve Brady of Nevada; daughters, Christina Jonas and her husband, Don, and Michelle Hon and her husband, Michael; grandchildren, Shafer Jonas, Isaac Jonas, Elan Hon and Adler Hon. She was preceded in death by her husband, Gene Shafer; her brothers, Mike McAdams and Bill McAdams and a daughter, Deanna Scoggins. The family will gather privately for services at a later date. If you are interested in honoring Barbara, we request donations be made to The Humane Society of Greater Kansas City, 5445 Parallel Parkway, Kansas City, KS 66104.


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Rachel Gregg

October 30, 2019

Mrs. Shafer will be greatly missed. She was a fantastic mom. She was a great neighbor, I remember her jumping in to help me do a science project I had waited until last minute to complete. And all those years of us sledding in the field.

Cathy Boyd

October 27, 2019

I began my new position as principal and quickly bonded with Barb. She was a tiny woman with so much energy. She was also a prankster and joker. One day in the office, she was standing beside a work table and demanded a raise. I got a chair and invited her to step up onto the table as that was the only “raise” I could offer. We had a big laugh and lots of fun through the years. She truly cared about others and was so kind to the children. I think of her often.

Cathy Boyd

Cathie Kornacki

October 26, 2019

Barb was one of the most colorful people I have had the joy to work with in my 35 years of teaching. She would do almost anything for my students. From helping them to start a business that was profitable to them, to making sure they understood it would take hard work and dedication to make it work for them. It included dressing up for an interview with her. Then there were the moments when she got me into pickles with setting a lamp on fire, making a fake camera for a classroom to make kids behave better, and trying to teach me to run the boiler when she was absent. She was truly one of a kind and I am proud to have known her.

Sheila Puckett

October 26, 2019

What a wonderful person Barb was! I met her at NPI. I enjoyed our morning talks and I’m proud to call her a friend. She will be missed.

Jean McMain

October 26, 2019

Barb made working at North Platte so much fun! Lots of great memories. She was simply the BEST!.......Jean Jackson McMain

Rick Bosley

October 26, 2019

Barb was an awesome lady.....I met her when I arrived at NPI, and she kept everyone on their toes! I was married in Dec. 2000 and she convinced me and my wife she had booked the same cruise we had for our honeymoon. One of the many funny shenanigans Barb was capable of :)
She lived life.....it was an honor to have k own her. Prayers to you all.

Kathy Best

October 26, 2019

Rollins Nash, Barb, Peanie and I used to spend many weekends together putting out bank lines on the Platte River. We would have many fish fries with our catch either at the river or one of our homes. We spent most weekends together either fishing or hunting and listening to tall tales.
Barb was one of the strongest women I have ever met and I found that out the hard way. She had broken her foot at work at the school and was off work for a few weeks. I volunteered to do her job until she could come back and even though I was 12 years younger than her and about twice as big I have never worked so hard in my life. The machines she used like to clean and buff the floors about killed me. I had seen her buffing the floors and she made it look like a walk in the park but it was more like a full body thrashing for me. I was never so glad when she was healthy and back again. I never went and visited her at the school again for fear she may need help!

Shannon Cummings Skaggs

October 26, 2019

Christina and Shelly,

Your mom was the best! Sending prayers for your entire family.

Love, Shannon