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Barbara Elder-Owens, 71, of Lee’s Summit, MO, left her fierce battle with cancer behind peacefully at her home surrounded by friends and family on Monday, Nov 9, 2009. Barbara was born Sept. 1, 1938 in Detroit, Michigan to Ray & Georgina Elder. She graduated from St. Luke’s School of Nursing in 1959. She spent her entire career in the nursing and healthcare profession. She became a passionate advocate for home health and hospice care working in Ruidoso, New Mexico and Santa Fe, New Mexico. She then became the Director of the Vail Valley Hospice in Vail Colorado. In 2001, she started the first hospice at John Knox Village to which she was extremely dedicated and proud to have served. Her greatest legacy is her selfless devotion to nursing and caregiving to others at all stages of life. Professional affiliations include: Board member of Missouri Hospice & Palliative Care Organization, Board Member of Lee’s Summit Healthcare Advisory Committee, Board Member of Lee’s Summit Hospital Ethics Advisory Committee, Board Member of International Scattering Society, member of National Hospice & Palliative Organization, member of St. Luke’s Alumni Association, member of Missouri Association for Home Care, member of Lakewood Book Club. Survivors include husband Marion "Pete" Owens; daughters, Laurie Williams (Kate Kreamer), Amy (Mark) Rhoades; sister Ruth Clark; brother Tom (Phyllis) Elder; grandchildren Blake, Taylor and Chandler Rhoades. Memorial Service will be Nov. 13, 2009 at 11:30 am at John Knox Village Courtyard in Lee‘s Summit, MO. Memorial Contributions may be made to John Knox Village Hospice, 400 N.W. Murray Rd., Lee‘s Summit, MO 64081. Condolences may be left online with Heartland Cremation. (arr. Heartland Cremation 816-313-1677)