Barbara Lucille Ostermeyer-McNeel


Barbara McNeel

Written by Muleskinner Staff

Barbara Lucille Ostermeyer-McNeel, 66, of Knob Noster, Missouri, died June 25, at home.

Barbara McNeel
Barbara McNeel

Memorial services will be held at 2 p.m. Friday, July 3, at Sweeney-Phillips and Holdren Funeral Home with the Rev. Randy Crawshaw officiating and visitation services beginning at 1 p.m. Honorary pallbearers will be Chance McNeel, Charles Bayard, Bryan Hodkins, Max Schmoll, David Ostermeyer, Jonathan Lange, Ben Lange and Dustin McKinley.
Burial will take place at a later date at Pleasant Hill City Cemetery in Pleasant Hill, Missouri.
Also known as Babs or Barb, she was born Feb. 11, 1949, in Kansas City, Missouri, the daughter of Lester Rolland and Pearl Cecil (Gilkey) Ostermeyer. Babs was raised in Pleasant Hill, Missouri, where she attended Pleasant Hill High School. While she was a student, Babs served as the drum majorette, was active in dance and played the clarinet.
She was united in marriage to the love of her life, Bruce McNeel, on March 14, 1970, in Chapel of the Flags at Fort Wolters, Texas, with whom she had two sons, Ron and James.
Babs was not only a devoted wife and mother, she was a dedicated member of the Eastern Star for years where she served in many different positions but most notably as worthy matron and district deputy grand matron.
In the summer of 1974, Babs began working at Central Missouri State University where she served for 37 years as an office professional in the criminal justice department. Students throughout her tenure still remember Babs from the front office as the one who could talk sports with anyone but also the one who was there with a kind smile and a great pair of listening ears.
Of all of her accomplishments, her greatest achievements have been in the lives of her family and friends. She had a unique gift to recognize and appreciate the talents in others and to make them feel loved and lifted by her presence. Her generous heart filled her home with love, fun, family and friends, including an attitude that there was always room for one more.
Babs is survived by her husband, Bruce, of the home; sons, Ron and wife, Angela, of Troy, Missouri; James and wife, Hillary, of Warrensburg, Missouri; and grandson, Chance, of Sedalia, Missouri.
Memorial contributions are suggested to the KU Medical Center Endowment. Please notate in the memo portion of the check to say CRC and contributions may be left in care of the funeral home.