Barbara Journot Milks

MOUND VALLEY — Barbara Journot Milks, 68, of rural Mound Valley passed away from this life at 5:20 p.m. Friday, Oct. 4, 2019, at her home following a courageous battle with amyotrophic lateral sclerosis.    

Barbara was born on March 27, 1951, to John and Henrietta (Paris) Journot in Parsons. Barbara grew up in the rural Parsons area and attended Labette County schools, graduating from Labette County High School in 1969.

She attended beauty school at high school. She was a manicurist in Florida, where she and her husband, Warren, made their first home. The couple later moved back to Labette County but frequently vacationed in Florida. After staying home with her children while they were young, Barbara was the custodian at Meadow View Grade School. After retiring from the school, she was a beloved housekeeper for many years. 

Barbara was a true artist. She worked with multiple mediums throughout the years, leaving behind a testament of her amazing talent in her paintings, water colors and her quilts. She had exquisite attention to detail and won awards in every quilt show she entered. There was very little Barbara could not accomplish. An unvarnished one-of-a-kind woman, she was capable of working on cars and remodeling a house one minute to cooking wonderful meals and raising children the next.

She married Warren Milks of Parsons on Aug. 29, 1969. He preceded her in death on Jan. 25, 2016.

Survivors include two daughters, Sarah McCray-Foster (Robert Foster) of Mound Valley and Joanna Milks (Danial Smith) of Mound Valley; eight grandchildren; and a sister, Jo Ann Washburn of Asbury, Missouri.

She was also preceded in death by her parents.

Taking great comfort in family and friends, Barbara asked that no service be held. Cremation has taken place under the direction of Forbes-Hoffman Funeral Home. 

Memorials are suggested to Harry Hynes Memorial Hospice. These may be left at or mailed to Forbes-Hoffman Funeral Home, 405 Main, P.O. Box 374, Parsons, KS, 67357.

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