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Barbara Junita McDonnell

March 8, 1921 ~ December 12, 2019 (age 98)


Barbara Junita McDonnell, 98, passed away on December 12th, 2019 with her daughter by her side. She was born on March 8th, 1921 to Lena (Muslin) and Ferdinand Richter of Kansas City MO. She is preceded in death by her brothers Robert and David, and her sister Julia . She worked at Wolferman's Restaurant as a waitress and then in Los Angeles, CA as a secretary.

Her love of books was passed down to her daughter Cheryl, as was her love of cooking (especially: Chicken and Dumplings, Spaghetti, Chili, Fried Chicken & Pot Roast).

Cheryl loved her cookies, pies and cake that she made with a kind of love. Barbara loved Christmas season.

While in Los Angeles she liked to horseback ride at Deback Stables. Once Albert Einstein helped calm her startled mare down. She worked as a secretary on The Manhattan Project. 

She loved dark chocolate-anything, and chocolate cake and ice cream. She enjoyed Vodka Martinis, Tomato beer during football and peanut butter cookies. She loved her chocolate chip cookies, Irish Coffee and corn beef (with cabbage), snowballs and fudge for Christmas. (Not to forget grandmothers lap cookies!).

Barbara loved watching the movie "Some Like It Hot" and she couldn't wait to watch that silly comedy "Hogan's Heroes". She loved reading and watching westerns. She loved Tom Selleck and watching westerns (John Wayne).

One very funny time the family was camping in Yellowstone when a Grizzly Bear entered the tent through the front flap and stepped on her husband on it's way out the back. Barbara put her foot down-the family is getting a trailer. "That's that!"

She was the light of her daughter's life and will forever be missed. Her laugh and and beautiful smile can not be replaced.

The Lord is my shepherd; I shall not want.
He maketh me to lie down in green pastures: he leadeth me beside the still waters.
He restoreth my soul: he leadeth me in the paths of righteousness for his name's sake.
Yea, though I walk through the valley of the shadow of death, I will fear no evil: for thou art with me; thy rod and thy staff they comfort me.
Thou preparest a table before me in the presence of mine enemies: thou anointest my head with oil; my cup runneth over.
Surely goodness and mercy shall follow me all the days of my life: and I will dwell in the house of the Lord for ever.

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