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Betty Barkley

March 12, 1929 — May 15, 2016

The Mass of Christian Burial will be Friday, May 20, at 10:30 AM MT, at Our Lady of Perpetual Help Catholic Church in Goodland, with Father Norbert Dlabal, Father Kyle Berens, Father Richard Daise, and Father Nick Parker presiding.  Burial will be in the Goodland Cemetery.

Visitation, with coffee and cookies, will be Thursday, from 5:00 until 7:00 PM MT, at the Holy Family Center of Our Lady of Perpetual Help Catholic Church in Goodland.  Vigil and Rosary will follow at 7:00 PM MT at Our Lady of Perpetual Help Catholic Church.

Memorials may be designated to OLPH Catholic Church Memorial Fund or Hospice Services of Sherman County, and may be left at the services or mailed to Koons Funeral Home, 211 N. Main, Goodland, KS  67735-1555.
Online condolences:   www.koonsfuneralhome.com


Lifelong Goodland, Kansas resident Betty L. Barkley, 87, made her transition from this life on Sunday, May 15, 2016.

She was born March 12, 1929, at her grandmother Gattshall’s home in Goodland, Kansas, the daughter of Vera Irene (Smith) and William Harold Daise.  Betty lived with her folks and sisters Marguerite, Marie, and Joan, and her brother Larry Bill on a farm thirteen miles north of Kanorado, Kansas, in Grant township.  She attended Sherman County School #51, referred to as the “Daise School”, completing grades one through eight.  Along with the normal school activities of a rural school in the 1930’s, she participated in 4-H and had projects of turkeys, pigs, and steers.  Her mother was an active 4-H leader, helping her with other projects of sewing and cooking.  Betty and her family were faithful members of Our Lady of Perpetual Help Catholic Church in Goodland, and she attended Saturday religious classes taught by visiting Catholic Sisters, as well as Confirmation classes.  Betty graduated from Sherman Community High School in Goodland with the class of 1947, where she was a member of Sherman Sals, and excelled in classes such as typing, bookkeeping, and other clerical skills.  While in high school, Betty stayed in several boarding houses in Goodland with her sister Marie and cousin Wilma Jean Daise.  After graduation, she worked in several businesses, but most memorable was with the Bowers Furniture Store and the Goodland Coca-Cola bottling plant.  In 1951, she married Alvin Kear.  Her daughter Judy Lynn was born February 2, 1954.  In 1955, she began working for the Goodland School District and was employed there for thirty-eight years.  Betty began her career with the Goodland School District as a secretary to the Superintendent of Schools.  She was the only secretary in the office, doing it all.  During school unification in 1965, she was appointed the Clerk of the Board of Unified School District 352.  She was later appointed an Administrative Assistant for Business, holding both positions until her retirement in 1993.  In these positions, she spent many long hours in board meetings, working on the problems of unification and the multiple bond issues that eventually created West and North Elementary schools.  She and her co-worker and friend Patty Miller spent many years attending bingo sessions at the VFW, where she was a member of the VFW Auxiliary.

In 1980, she married Ron Barkley, a teacher at Goodland High School.  Along with many school activities which they attended together, they enjoyed square dancing, Saturday night dancing at the Elks Lodge, and every wedding dance they were invited to.  They also enjoyed shopping and Rockies games in Denver.  They made visits to her daughter Judy and husband Frank, and granddaughter Shawn, first in Phoenix, and then in St. Louis.  They accompanied Frank and Judy on memorable trips to Ireland and Rome.  They made visits to Plano to her stepson Roger and his wife Suzan and granddaughter Lauren, where they watched Lauren’s softball and soccer games and attended the Texas State Fair.  They attended several NASCAR races with her step-son Mike, and also visits to southern California and San Diego with Mike and his friend Ann.  Betty and Ron enjoyed taking cruses and had a memorable family cruise to the Caribbean in 2007.

Betty had a lifelong love of roses, and spent many hours tending and then enjoying arranging them for display in her home.  She loved working in the yard in summer, and she was an expert digger of dandelions.  She continued as a faithful member of Our Lady of Perpetual Help Catholic Church, and was a member of the Lady’s Guild.  She was commissioned as an Extraordinary Minister of the Eucharist in the Church, and for over twenty-five years carried the Eucharist to church members that were residents in Good Samaritan Society, Goodland Regional Medical Center, Wheatridge Acres, or confined to their homes.

Preceding her in death were her parents; sisters Marguerite Carpenter and Joan Haertl; brothers-in-law Kenny Anderson and Jay Carpenter; nieces Joyce May and Linda Kay Gettman; and nephew Rodney Carpenter.

Surviving family includes her husband Ron Barkley of Goodland; daughter Judy Finnegan and her husband Frank of St. Louis, Missouri; two step-sons Roger Barkley and his wife Suzan of Plano, Texas; Mike Barkley and his friend Ann of San Diego, California; granddaughters Shawn Finnegan and Lauren Barkley; sister Marie Anderson of Eugene, Oregon; brother Larry Bill Daise and his wife Caroline of Shawnee; brother-in-law Don Haertl of Appleton, Wisconsin; and many nieces, nephews, and cousins.

The Mass of Christian Burial will be Friday, May 20, at 10:30 AM MT, at Our Lady of Perpetual Help Catholic Church in Goodland, with Father Norbert Dlabal, Father Kyle Berens, Father Richard Daise, and Father Nick Parker presiding.  Burial will be in the Goodland Cemetery.

Visitation, with coffee and cookies, will be Thursday, from 5:00 until 7:00 PM MT, at the Holy Family Center of Our Lady of Perpetual Help Catholic Church in Goodland.  Vigil and Rosary will follow at 7:00 PM MT at Our Lady of Perpetual Help Catholic Church.

Memorials may be designated to OLPH Catholic Church Memorial Fund or Hospice Services of Sherman County, and may be left at the services or mailed to Koons Funeral Home, 211 N. Main, Goodland, KS  67735-1555.
Online condolences:   www.koonsfuneralhome.com


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