Barbara Jo Willits

Graveside services for Barbara Jo Willits, 76, Lawrence, will be 2:30pm Saturday, April 15th at McLouth Cemetery.

Mrs. Willits died Wednesday April 12th at her home.

She was born April 26, 1940, in Tonganoxie, Kansas to George Ambler and Virginia Mary Moore. She graduated from McLouth High School in 1956, and moved to the Lawrence area in 1961.

Mrs. Willits worked at FMC/Peak/ChemTrade from May 1980 to June 2007.

Barbara enjoyed flower gardening and bird watching in her free time. She enjoyed traveling, specifically taking road trips with her husband, Jack. She was an active member of the Lawrence Friends Church for many years, a Girl Scout leader, and was active with the East Lawrence Neighborhood Association.

She married Jack on July 9, 1956 in Lawrence. He died in 1997.

Survivors include daughters, Cheryl Spencer and husband Walt of Lawrence, Kim O’Bryon and husband Dennis of Lawrence; son, John Willits of Lawrence; grandchildren, Russell Spencer, Ryan Spencer, Lanae LaBonte, Jason O’Bryon, Makayla Willits, Jakob Willits, Asheli Barfield, Tristan Willits, Camdon Willits, Caden Willits; great-grandchildren, Kymiah Willits and Ja’nyah Willits.

She is preceded in death by her husband, Jack Willits; children, Deon Willits and Shannon Willits; and grandsons, Jake Spencer and Jack O’Bryon.

A visitation with the family will be held at Rumsey- Yost Funeral Home from 1pm – 2pm on Saturday.