Barbara Francine Batliner Bass

Barbara Francine Batliner Bass
September 10, 1954 – May 30, 2024

Barbara Francine (Batliner) Bass, 70 (almost), of Kansas City, MO, passed away peacefully at Kansas City Hospice House with her husband, children, grandchildren and friends by her side.

Barbara was born September 10, 1954 in Kansas City, the daughter of Raymond and Katherine Batliner. She attended Raytown schools, graduating from Raytown High School in 1972. She was married for 52 years to her surviving husband, Dennis. They lived and raised their family together in Independence, MO, moving to Teetering Rocks Villas in Kansas City in 2017 to age in place.

Along with Dennis are three surviving daughters, Kellie Tohill (Ed) Lee’s Summit, MO, Kristi Gaylord (Jeff) Lee’s Summit, MO, Kammie Lara (Jorge) Blue Springs, MO and her foreign exchange student daughter Adriana Santofimio (Eduardo Ronderos) Toronto, Canada. She was blessed with many beautiful grandchildren: Grace, Sam, Nate and Preston Tohill; Emily, Alex and Zoey Gaylord, Lucy and Molly Lara. One surviving brother Tim Batliner (Frances) Lee’s Summit, MO, along with numerous nieces and nephews.

She was preceded in death by her parents, Raymond and Katherine Batliner, infant grandson, Noah Michael Tohill and brother Frederick Joseph Batliner, Burbank, CA.

Barbara was a wonderful and loving wife, mother, Mimi, and friend to many who were blessed to cross her path. She enjoyed spending time with her family, especially planning many fun holiday games and activities for the grandchildren. She was a great cook and baker and spoiled her family and friends with many delicious treats over the years. Barbara lived her life intentionally and created a connection with everyone she met.

Barbara was a practicing Christian who was guided and sustained by the love, presence and sovereignty of the Lord Jesus Christ. She enjoyed being creative through photography and journaling. The desire to inspire before you expire led her through life and especially these last few years existing alongside breast cancer.

Services will be held Tuesday, June 4, 2024 at Woods Chapel United Methodist Church, 4725 NE Lakewood Way, Lee’s Summit, MO. Services will begin at 1:00 pm followed immediately by visitation.

In lieu of flowers, please consider a donation to the Kansas City Hospice House in Barbara’s memory.


  1. Alba Renée. on May 30, 2024 at 1:00 pm

    My condolences Kammie Lara.

  2. Rhonda Lytle. on May 30, 2024 at 1:08 pm

    When I think of Barbara I always see her smile. She was always joyful. The perfect example of a Christian and friend. She will be missed.

  3. Dawn Day LaVergne on May 30, 2024 at 1:50 pm

    Your mom was one of the best. Her smile lit up a room and she was always making goodies for us kids when we were younger. I pray you all find comfort in this hard time. 💕

  4. Sherry Gilstrap on May 30, 2024 at 4:27 pm

    Barbara brightened up the world everywhere she went. She and I had a lot of fun chasing down good coffee spots. I never saw her without the warm smile and cheerful attitude. God bless Dennis and her other family members.

  5. Jo Brandsgaard on May 30, 2024 at 5:09 pm

    She always made me smile! Loved her!

  6. Marsha Rudolph on May 30, 2024 at 8:51 pm

    I will always remember her smile

  7. Peggy Lewis on May 31, 2024 at 1:53 am

    Barbara’s heart and smile touched her family and friends. Sympathy and prayers for her family and friends.

  8. Gary and Janice Brown on May 31, 2024 at 7:45 am

    We knew Barbara is a constant source of strength creativity and fun We are so sad to know that Barbara is no longer able to bless us here on earth. She did everything above and beyond while with us at Woods Chapel church Sending love and prayers to her sweet family and to Dennis.

  9. Louise Keisker on May 31, 2024 at 8:14 am

    I met Barbara several years ago at BSF. She always had a joyful smile and was so friendly even while experiencing cancer. I wish I could have kown her longer.

  10. Sharon Hutchens on May 31, 2024 at 8:56 am

    How could you be around Barbara and not want to smile? How could you be in Barbara‘s presence and not feel surrounded by love? She was a joy to be around— so full of energy. I admired her and wanted to be like her and so many ways. Her blogs about her journey were so inspirational and just brought me to tears. The image in my head right now is Barbara being enveloped in the arms of God and our friend Maggy, with a huge smile on her face so happy to see her friend again. Rest in peace, ladies until we meet again.
    To the family: may God bless each and everyone of you…although I know He already has because Barbara was in your life. 🥰🙏🏻

  11. Lynne Borchers on May 31, 2024 at 2:38 pm

    I met Barbara at Woods Chapel women’s Bible Study. The Light inside her was always shining and her delightful personality always brought joy. It was there we shared “God Winks” and I have a card she created as a reminder of those unexpected moments. Blessings to the family as you continue through life’s journey and memory of your angel mimi, mom and wife.

  12. Carrie Hackett on May 31, 2024 at 2:56 pm

    I am crushed to hear of Barbara’s passing. I first met her in a small group book discussion at Woods Chapel and was so drawn to her outlook on life and time spent with God through prayer and journaling. She was someone I could call when I needed a volunteer for Student Ministry. Everyone loved having her spunk and smile around! Hugs to Dennis and the Tohill family. I know you will miss her terribly.

  13. Hue Le on May 31, 2024 at 4:37 pm

    Hi Dennis,
    Sorry to hear your wife’s passing. I met her several times at our grandsons’ soccer games, she had an easy smile, and very friendly. My thoughts and prayers to you and family. 🙏🙏🙏

  14. Paula Cassity on May 31, 2024 at 4:57 pm

    I am so sad and so sorry. Barbara fought a hard battle and always with a joyful smile
    She was beautiful inside and out . May her soul rest in peace.

  15. Shirley Gard on June 1, 2024 at 9:56 am

    Barbara was a very special and dear friend of mine! My sister in faith that played a big part in my faith journey throughout the years! She was a beautiful woman inside and out. Always taking a genuine interest in your life, always asking questions and if you needed help, she never hesitated to give a helping hand. Her smile and laugh were infectious ! Our twist cone adventure’s always ended up with hours of conversations that I will cherish forever! I feel blessed to have known her and to have her as a friend! I miss her deeply! Continued prayers for Dennis and family!

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