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Barbara Jean Hawkins

November 6, 1945 — November 27, 2023

Blue Springs

Barbara Jean Hawkins, a beloved wife, mother, grandmother, sister, and loving pre-school teacher, has passed away at the age of 78. She leaves behind a legacy of love and compassion that will forever be cherished by those who had the privilege of knowing her. Born on November 6, 1945, in the serene town of Stella, Missouri, Barbara was the daughter of Wilbur L Morgans and Ruby Myrl (Woolard) Morgans. From a young age, it was apparent that she possessed a heart of gold and a deep passion for learning. After graduating from Jefferson City High School in 1963, Barbara went on to further her education at Moberly Junior College. In 1965, she proudly received her associate degree in general education. Armed with knowledge and ambition, she embarked on a career dedicated to shaping young minds. Barbara's journey as an educator began as a preschool teacher at Chapel Hill Preschool, where she nurtured countless young spirits and ignited their curiosity for the world around them. Later, she would share this same nurturing spirit with those in her care at the Child Prodigy Children’s Center. For many years, she nurtured the hearts and minds of countless children before retiring in 2010.

Outside the classroom walls, Barbara's love for family knew no bounds. Family meant everything to her. Barbara and her loving husband, Paul "Wayne" Hawkins, shared an extraordinary journey together. They explored the world, embarking on countless adventures in their cherished RV, with a favorite spot of theirs being Stockton Lake. Exploring new places brought them great joy and the memories they created during those trips will forever be held close by Wayne. She was an unwavering pillar of support for her daughter Mendy in all aspects. Throughout Mendy’s softball career, rain or shine, she never missed a game and cheered with unbridled enthusiasm from the behind the backstop. Witnessing her grandchildren's accomplishments brought immense joy to her life. Whether it was watching them play soccer, baseball, volleyball or celebrating their scholastic accomplishments, she treasured every moment spent with them.

The written word held a special place in Barbara's heart. She found solace in the pages of romance and mystery novels, immersing herself in far-off lands and thrilling narratives. Her passion for reading was infectious, as she would eagerly recommend books to family and friends, hoping to ignite the same fire within them.

A Memorial Gathering to celebrate Barbara's life will take place on December 13, 2023, at Speaks Suburban Chapel in Independence, Missouri. The gathering will start at 1:00 PM and conclude at 3:00 PM. Family, friends and all whose lives were touched by Barbara are welcome to attend and share their cherished memories.

Barbara Jean Hawkins will be deeply missed by her husband Paul "Wayne" Hawkins, daughter Mendy Hosic (Wade), granddaughter Hanna Hosic (Jacob Pottebaum), grandson Blake Hosic, sister Cleva Dell Brand, as well as numerous extended family members and friends. Her love for them was immeasurable, and her memory will forever be etched in their hearts. Barbara is preceded in passing by her father and mother, Wilbur and Ruby Morgans.

As we bid farewell to Barbara, let us remember the beautiful soul she was and the impact she made on our lives. Her kindness, love, and dedication to those around her will continue to inspire us all. May she rest in eternal peace knowing that she has left behind a world brighter because she was in it.

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Wednesday, December 13, 2023

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