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Jill Elinor Barrett, 67, of Overland Park, KS passed away peacefully on April 26, 2016, after a years-long battle with COPD. A private memorial service for family members is being planned.
Jill was born February 2, 1949 in Elizabeth, NJ. She graduated from Governor Livingston High School in Berkeley Heights, NJ, and attended University of Alabama at Birmingham, before beginning work in local banks. After moving to the Washington, DC area with her family in the mid-1970s, Jill was recruited by the National Association of Postal Supervisors to come on board as an executive assistant. She remained with NAPS, assisting the association’s national officers, until her retirement at the end of 2012. Upon her retirement, Jill moved from her long-time home in Rose Haven, MD, to live with her sister Lisa’s family in Overland Park, KS.
Jill loved family, children, and animals, especially dogs. She was an avid reader, and also enjoyed traveling. Some of Jill’s most memorable trips included Guatemala, the Bahamas, Alaska, and Hawaii. After lung disease limited Jill’s mobility, she still kept active with knitting, games and puzzles on her iPad, and decorating Christmas wreaths for local fundraisers.
Jill will be greatly missed by her loving family, who remember her as the person who was always there for you when times got tough. Survivors include her sisters and their husbands Lisa and Gary Mann and Gail and Roland Caramagno; her nephews David Mann, Brett Caramagno, Tony Caramagno, and their families; and her cousins Greg and Nancy Howe. She was preceded in death by her father, Howard Wesley Barrett, Jr., in February 1986 and her mother Mae Esther Harriet (Polidori) Barrett in March 2012.
Special thanks go to the folks from Kansas City Hospice House, who provided such loving and gentle care for Jill, and allowed her family and pets to stay with her to the end.
Memorial contributions may be made to Kansas City Hospice and Palliative Care or the American Lung Association.