Tuesday, December 6, 2022

Obituary - Barbara Ann Friedly

Funeral services and celebration of Barbara Friedly's Life will be 11 a.m. December 16, 2022 at the Schowengerdt Funeral Chapel (660-679-6555) Butler, Missouri. 

Visitation prior to services from 10 - 11 a.m. at the Schowengerdt Chapel. Interment in Oak Hill Cemetery, Butler. Bright and cheerful colors are suggested attire for her celebration. 

Contributions to Butler Elementary School Music Program in care of the Schowengerdt Funeral Chapel, 1301 N. Orange Street, Butler, MO 64730. Online condolences www.schowengerdtchapel.com.

Barbara Ann (King) Friedly was born in Lebanon, Missouri to Glynn and Sylva (Kathner) King on January 23, 1939. She went to Heaven with music in the background and family by her side in the early morning hours of December 1, 2022, in her Memory Care apartment at The Gardens at Barry Road. She was 83 years old.

Barbara finished eight grades in seven years at High Prairie School in rural Laclede County. She was the Valedictorian of the Lebanon High School Class of 1956 at the age of 17. She continued her education at the University of Missouri at Columbia, Missouri graduating with a major in Math and a minor in Music in 1960.

In February 1959, Barbara married L.D. Friedly. They were married for nearly 63 years and were blessed with five children, six grandchildren, and one great grandchild. During their married life, Barbara and L.D. lived in the Missouri towns of Columbia, Stover, Halfway, Mexico, Paris, Butler, and Kansas City.

While raising their family, and planting a huge garden, Barbara taught piano lessons, served as a 4-H leader, was active in Extension Club and Music Club. She was a substitute teacher in the Butler schools, and also taught GED classes there. She played the organ for the First Baptist Church in Paris and for Immanuel Baptist Church in Butler. She was also active in the Community Choir in Butler.

She taught Sunday School classes and Vacation Bible School classes. She was a partner in the Lighthouse Christian Bookstore in Butler for over 25 years and served as Treasurer for the local Relay for Life. She also volunteered her time to support The Missouri Baptist Children’s Home with their annual Apple Festival near Peculiar, Missouri. Barbara was an avid quilter and a member of the Chat and Sew quilting group in Archie, Missouri. She was an excellent pianist, singer, cook, and accomplished seamstress. She liked butterflies, birds, and chocolate, but not necessarily in that order.

Barbara was preceded in death by her parents, Glynn and Sylva King, and her brother, Samuel King. She is survived by her husband, L.D. Friedly (Kansas City, MO – formerly of Butler); her children, Lynn (Keith) Utley – Chesterfield, MO, Nancy (Bill) Hall – Coweta, OK, Lora (James) Rodenberg – Parkville, MO, Cinda (Danny) O’Keefe – Marietta, GA, and Dale (Michelle) Friedly – Dunwoody, GA; a sister, Mary Hayden – Versailles, MO; grandchildren Erin Hall, Natalie Hall, Christina Utley, Hannah Utley, Daniel O’Keefe, and Garrett Friedly; along with one great granddaughter, Rachael O’Keefe; as well as a number of cousins, nieces and nephews.

Barbara’s baby grand piano now resides in the Music Room at the Butler Elementary School. To further share the music that was dear to her heart, the family suggests contributions in her honor to the Butler Elementary School Music Program, in care of Schowengerdt Funeral Chapel, 1301 N. Orange Street, Butler, MO 64730.

The family would like to extend their gratitude and appreciation to C. J. Ballard, Sonita Lloyd, Janet Dirks, and the staff of Heartland Hospice, whose care allowed her to stay in their home in Butler as long as possible. We would also like to thank the wonderful Memory Care staff of The Gardens at Barry Road, along with the special team she had with Ascend Hospice for the compassionate care they provided.

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