Barbara J Nelson ~ Feb. 23, 1935 ~ Nov. 1, 2019
Roy W. Nelson ~ April 2, 1934 – Nov 2, 2019

A son, daughter, father, mother, grandpa, grandma, papa and nana- they were both dearly loved by their three children- Darryl and wife Jo; Sheryl and boyfriend Gary; Roger and wife Susan; four grandchildren- Jenny and husband Zach, Emily, Philip and Olivia; and two great-grandchildren- Asher and Beckett.

They both came from simple beginnings, they worked their way through college and both had long, successful careers. Hard work and determination characterized their strength as loving parents, grandparents, and great-grandparents.

Barbara was born to Lloyd and Chrystine Bedell in Kansas City, Missouri on Feb. 23, 1935. Her childhood is best described as both humble and wonderful.

Roy was born to Roy William and Walla Nelson in Plattsburg, Missouri on April 2, 1934. His father passed when Roy was three years old. Roy was sent to live with his aunt and uncle, Eugene and Alice Robertson, at their small farm in Lamar, Missouri. In 1952, Roy enlisted in the United States Navy, where he served from 1952 to 1956.

While home on leave in 1955, Roy and Barbara were set up on a blind date. The rest of their love story became history. After returning home in 1956, Roy proposed to Barbara in October. They were married in June of 1957. In short succession, Roy and Barbara had three children: Darryl, Sheryl & Roger.

Barbara’s love for serving others was evident throughout her career in the Lee’s Summit public school system, teaching for thirty-two years, most of which was at Greenwood Elementary.

Roy was a participating member of the Ararat Shrine for decades. He worked a series of jobs in facilities management at the Interstate Bakery, GM Leeds, Baptist Hospital, Unity Village and the Jackson County Courthouse.

Post retirement was the part of their story that they were most proud of. They spent all of their time serving others and celebrating in the accomplishments of their children and grandchildren. They loved attending any and all events that they participated in. Both were also very involved in their church community, as founding charter members of Aldersgate United Methodist Church.

Roy was an active member of the Lee’s Summit American Legion Post 189 and served as a member of the Honor Guard beginning in 2001. Aside from family, his allegiance to the post was something that defined his service and commitment to others.

He was later recognized for serving in over two-thousand military funerals, was commander of his post and awarded the honor of Major in 2016.

Barbara was continuously involved in her community as her passion was to serve. She was a member of the VFW Ladies Auxiliary, the Lee’s Summit Hospital Auxiliary and American Legion Ladies Auxiliary, where she served as president from 2010-2012. One of Barbara’s favorite pastimes was sending cards for any and every occasion to family and friends.

Their health began to decline in 2014. All along, they both shared with family and friends that their wish was to be in the comfort of their own home, and more importantly, hand in hand as they leave this earth together.

Our family worked together to honor their wishes. As health problems continued, in early August Barbara needed more intensive care and she was unable to be at home for the next seven weeks.

Throughout her time away from home, Roy continued to remind our family daily that we were to be bringing her back home to him. Our family brought her back home in late September.

In early October, hospice was asked to provide support for Barbara. She was continuously surrounded by loved ones.

Roy continued to encourage her daily to keep fighting and reminded family, “If she goes, I’m going.” A few weeks later, Roy’s health began to worsen.

Hospice and Home Health focused on providing comfort care for them both. Both Roy and Barbara were able to stay peacefully together in the living room of their own home.

On October 30, Barbara became unresponsive. Our family gathered around her, and she managed to stabilize. Later that evening, Roy’s oxygen unexpectedly dropped, but he was also able to stabilize.

On the evening of November 1st, the family was called to Barbara’s side. Our family embraced the last moments with her.

Roy was able to stay by her side and she took her last breaths holding his hand. Our family continued to provide love and care for Roy as he then became unresponsive. The next morning, our family stayed close, providing encouragement for Roy.

Each of his family was able to share words of peace and affirmation that he could go to be with her. Grandchildren embraced him and assured him that “grandma is waiting, it’s time to be with her, we will be ok,” he took his final breath moments later. He passed peacefully, surrounded by his children and grandchildren.

This is a true testament to the power of will, faith and true love. Their lifetime of dedication and self-sacrifice served as a monument to the exemplary people they both were as individuals and together.

Their humility, integrity, and hard work continue to inspire those who knew them. For their story is the ultimate love story and is only the beginning of their happily ever after.

Visitation will be Thursday, Nov. 7 from 5-8 p.m. with funeral at 10 a.m. on Fri., Nov. 8, both at Aldersgate UMC, 350 SW 150 Hwy, Lees Summit, MO 64082.

Online condolences may be expressed at (Arrangements: Speaks Suburban Chapel 816-373-3600)



  • George Melling

    November 4, 2019 - 10:02 pm

    Remember Roy from his time as a volunteer firefighter in Lee’s Summit. Many years ago.

  • Kelly sloan

    November 5, 2019 - 5:27 am

    Wow! What an amazing love story! Together for all eternity! Praying for peace for the whole family. Kelly Sloan

  • Linda Wright

    November 6, 2019 - 6:01 am

    Remember both of them and what a lovely memory. Jo and Daryl and family… my prayers with you. Linda Wright

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