Barbara Kay Allen, Goessel
May 16, 1951 - October 16, 2021
Goessel - Barbara Kay Allen, 70, passed away October 16, 2021 at Via Christi St. Francis in Wichita.
Barbara Allen was born Barbara Kay Voth on May 16, 1951 to Earnest and Helen Voth in Goessel, Kansas. Barbara, who became better known as Barb, was the youngest of three children. Her brother Larry was closest in age to her at 7 years to the day and her sister Darlene was 7 years older than Larry so she was the baby of the family. She grew up on a farm north of Goessel on the K-15 highway near the sand pits and Rec-O- Rama. She told tales of chores on the farm, hiding out from her parents in the fields and other stories.
In 1969 she married the father to her children, Floyd Webster, and they moved into a house on Park Street in Canton, Kansas. Son Matthew was born August 7, 1970 followed by son Shawn (aka Miles) less than two years later on May 8, 1972. The family moved from Canton to Chase for a job opportunity Floyd had and lived there until their separation and eventual divorce.
After divorcing from Floyd, Barb and her two boys moved to a small house in Goessel on the corner of Alamo and Prospect until she could get back on her feet before eventually moving to McPherson where they lived in a duplex on Bear Street. McPherson became her home for 40 years or better where she worked as a waitress and housecleaner.
She worked as a waitress at several McPherson area restaurants including one attached to the Starlight Lanes, Chuckwagon Jr. and Red Coach. She also cleaned houses and area businesses such as the abstract office during that time to make ends meet.
While living in McPherson on Bear Street she met and married her second husband, Richard (Dick) Allen. Not long after, they moved to a trailer park on the west side of McPherson for a few years before eventually moving to Mustang Trailer Park on the east side of town and closer to the restaurant she was working for at that time, Red Coach.
She continued to live in Mustang Trailer Park, working at Red Coach until her separation and eventual divorce from Dick many years later. She then moved into a house on Elm Street for a time before moving back to Mustang Trailer Park once more where she stayed until the passing of her mother in 2011.
After the passing of her mother, she moved back into her old family home and worked as a waitress at Charlie's restaurant in Newton while continuing to supplement her income with housecleaning, until deciding to retire a few years later.
After retirement Barb spent her time doing one of her favorite pastimes, gardening, where she surrounded her home with many of the fruits of her labor. Even in her declining health she would still go out and try to manage her flowers using a walker to get around.
Throughout life Barb enjoyed doing many things with her free time including painting, thrift store and garage sale shopping, dancing, writing and spending time with her family and friends.
Barb was preceded in death by her mother and father, Ernest and Helen Voth, her sister Darlene Stucky and her nephew Johnathan Voth.
She is survived by her two children, Matthew Webster who lives with his wife Amanda in Forte Mohave, Arizona with three of their combined eight children and Shawn Webster who resides in Newton, Kansas with his wife Christie.
At her passing on October 16, 2021 at the age of 70, Barb had two children, eight grandchildren and eight great-grandchildren.
She will be greatly missed by all who knew and loved her.
Celebration of Life service 2:00 p.m. Saturday, October 23, 2021 at Goessel Church in Goessel officiated by Pastor Brad Penner.
Memorials to American Heart Association in care of Jost Funeral Home P.O. Box 266 Hillsboro, KS 67063.
Online condolences at www.jostfuneralhome.com.
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