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Barbara Ruth Owings, 72, of Kansas City, Missouri, died on October 13, 2015 at Kansas City Hospice House. A visitation will be held 3:00 – 4:30 PM, Sunday, October 18, 2015 at Heartland Cremation & Burial Society, 6113 Blue Ridge Blvd, Raytown, Missouri followed by a Celebration of Life service at 4:30 PM. Memorial contributions can be made to Kansas City Hospice or Wayside Waifs.
The daughter of Ethelyn and William Russell Owings, Sr., she attended Faxon Elementary School, graduated from Westport High School, and earned a BS from the University of Central Missouri. She taught in Kansas City high schools then worked for several text book companies. She was employed at Penn Valley Community College as continuing education coordinator from 1987 until retiring in 2003. She was in charge of business computer training. In 1995, she started the Penn Valley training center for GED and entrance placement testing.
Barbara was preceded in death by her parents and her brother, William R. Owings, Jr. She is survived by her dear friends Trudy Quick and Susie McWilliams of Kansas City; sister, Marilyn Pitz of Pittsburg, Mo.; her brother David Owings of Tulsa, Okla.; and nephews, William R. (Rusty) Owings, III, Kansas City, Mo.; Conrad “Chipper” Pitz, Eminence, Mo.; Nathan Owings, Bridge City, Texas; Jeremy Owings, Oklahoma City, Okla; nieces, Pamela Groblebe and Cindy Pritchett of Harrisonville, Mo.; Robin Ressel, Springfield, Mo.; Lisa Lewis, Lee’s Summit, Mo.; and Becky Owings, Yale, Okla.; brother-in-law, Conrad Pitz and sister-in-law, Priscilla Chansky, Olathe, and a host of dear friends.