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April 18th, 2021

lesta mae barrLesta Mae (Griffith) Barr, 86, died Sunday, March 28, 2021 at her home in Liberal.

She was born Dec. 21, 1934 to Lester William and Georgia May (Grim) Griffith in Topeka.

She married Maurice Duane Barr Nov. 22, 1952 in Topeka. He survives.

She graduated from Highland Park High School in Topeka in 1952. 

She supported all her family’s farm operations while meeting the demands of raising a large family. After her children grew up, she worked as an office manager and bookkeeper for David Barr Trucking for many years.

Survivors include seven children: Becky Maureen (Michael) Gatlin, Pueblo West, Colo., David Phillip (Barbara) Barr, Turpin, Okla., Mark Wayne (Linda) Barr, Plains, Martha Mae (James) Darnell, Liberal, Sarah Barr, Turpin, Okla., Elizabeth Ann (John) Parsons, Wichita, and Matthew Duane Barr (Matthew Albers ), Wichita; son-in-law, Ryan Dolan Wilson, Colorado Springs; brother-in-law, Robert Clark (Elsie) Barr; 17 grandchildren; 12 great-grandchildren; and many other family and friends.

She was preceded in death by her parents; sister, Joyce Ann (Griffith) Barr; infant brother, Billy Griffith; daughter Amy Leslie (Barr) Wilson; and son-in-law Richard Freeman.

• Funeral services will be at 2 p.m. Friday, April 2, 2021 at the First Presbyterian Church with Pastor Rex Petty presiding.

Burial will follow in the Arkalon Cemetery.

Friends may call from 1 to 7 p.m. Thursday, April 1, 2021 at Miller Mortuary in Liberal. The family will be present to greet friends from 5:30 to 7 p.m.

Memorials are suggested to Southwest Miracles, First Presbyterian Church, or Kismet United Methodist Church in care of Miller Mortuary PO Box 826 Liberal, KS 67905-0826. 

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