Barbara Ann Markham

CHANUTE — Barbara Ann (Jones) Markham, 84, of Chanute passed away on Friday, May 21, 2021, at Ascensions St. Francis Hospital in Wichita.

Barbara was born in Oswego the daughter of William Wayne and Bertha (Hall) Jones.

Barbara was a 1954 graduate of Oswego High School. She had worked at various jobs throughout her life, including working at the courthouse in Oswego for several years for Labette County.

Barbara loved fishing and traveling. She was a master seamstress who could make any type of clothing even without a pattern. She enjoyed crocheting and loved teaching her daughters and granddaughters how to crochet. The job that was most important to her was taking care of her family, and she will be greatly missed.

Barbara served in the Women’s Baptist Ministries of America, Meals on Wheels, as a White Cross volunteer and as president for the Ladies Auxiliary. Barbara loved to sing and play the piano, which she did for the church choir. She was also a great cook and enjoyed making new recipes that she shared with family and friends.

On March 11, 2012, Barbara married Freddie William Markham at First Baptist Church in Chanute, and he survives at their home.

Other survivors include her children, Carla A. McManis (Gayland) of Lamar, Missouri, Carlene Hinkle (Ben) of Altamont, Charlene Essig and Charlotte Suddock (Mark), all of Mound Valley; her stepchildren, Bill and Becky Markham, Jim and Sherry Markham and Susan Staggs, all of Chanute; three siblings, Larry Dale Jones (Pat) of Shiloh, Illinois, Alice Davis and Vickie Kallus (James), all of Oswego; seven grandchildren; eight stepgrandchildren; eight great-grandchildren; and 13 stepgreat-grandchildren.

Barbara was preceded in death by her parents; three brothers, Leroy Jones, Marvin Jones and Leon Jones; a sister, Pamela Stammer; and a stepdaughter, Sherry.

A celebration of life service will be held at 2 p.m. Wednesday at First Baptist Church (GNC) in Chanute. Visitation will be held one hour prior to service time at the church with burial to follow at Memorial Park Cemetery in Chanute. 

Memorials have been suggested to the American Cancer Society and may be left with or mailed to Countryside Funeral Home 101 N. Highland, Chanute, KS 66720.  

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