Obituary for Barbara Jean Oliver

Barbara Jean Oliver, a lifelong resident of Olathe, died on January 1, 2020 at the age of 76 in Olathe, Kansas.

Barbara is survived by her mother, Vivian Jurgens; her brother, William Oliver Jr; her three nieces, Kelli Oliver George, Jill Rogers, Maureen Baraban; her nephew Will Oliver; and her seven great-nieces and nephews (Brendan, Nolan, Arun, Alaina, Anjali, Natalie, and Aidan). She is predeceased by her father, William Oliver, and her stepfather, Clyde Jurgens. She is survived by her aunts, Peggy Young, Shirley Sanders, Joan Huggins, and Sharon Huggins. Barbara is also survived by her 11 cousins with whom she was very close and with whom she shared many memories and laughs.

Barbara was a proud class of 1961 Olathe High School graduate (Eagles forever!) and was a graduate of Kansas University with a degree in speech pathology.

Barbara enjoyed learning languages and was particularly interested in the languages of the Eastern Bloc – Polish, Russian, and Czechoslovakian. She loved adventures, traveled extensively throughout Europe, and studied in Czechoslovakia in the 1980s. She was an avid reader and loved a good mystery. She was very creative and was an accomplished knitter, crocheter, and seamstress. She was a devoted KU fan and always enjoyed watching the Jayhawks play….. yes, even football!!

Barbara loved reading, teaching, and her home town of Olathe. In lieu of flowers, monetary donations may be made to the Olathe Public Schools Foundation. All monies will go directly to support reading programs and supplying books to children in our area. and complete the Tribute Information fields

Visitation will be at McGilley and Frye F.H. 105 E Loula St, Olathe, KS on Monday, January 6th at 12:30pm. Funeral services will follow at 2pm.


  • William Oliver, Father (deceased)
  • Clyde Jurgens, Step-father (deceased)
  • Vivian Jurgens, Mother
  • William Oliver Jr., Brother
  • Kelli Oliver George, Niece
  • Jill Rogers, Niece
  • Maureen Baraban, Niece
  • Will Oliver, Nephew
  • Peggy Young, Aunt
  • Shirley Sanders, Aunt
  • Joan Huggins, Aunt
  • Sharon Huggins, Aunt
  • Barbara is survived by her seven great-nieces and nephews, (Brendan, Nolan, Arun, Alaina, Anjali, Natalie and Aiden). Along with her eleven cousins with whom she was very close and with whom she shared many memories and laughs.

  • Darryl Young, Pallbearer
  • Matt Stewart, Pallbearer
  • Eric Stewart, Pallbearer
  • Gary Rogers, Pallbearer
  • Brendan Rogers, Pallbearer
  • Manoj George, Pallbearer