Barbara Alartosky – KOAM

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August 11 – October 9, 2020
Laura F. Gann

To All of My Dear Family and Friends,
Friday, October 9, 2020 around 10:30am, I went home to be with the Lord. I was in complete peace and no pain. No pain meds just me and John Sr. Terri and Wes were able to be there also. I was so grateful for that. Please keep John lifted in prayer, may the Lord comfort him. My home going hit him pretty hard.

If I could tell each and every one of you just how much meant to me I would. But making words became impossible for me during the last couple of weeks. And names, well names escaped me a couple of years ago. You can, however, be rest assured that I love you with a pure heart, and that is forever, for that is a gift God gave me during my short stay on earth.
I remember now, and God has wiped away every tear, there will be no more death, no more sorrow, nor crying, neither shall there be any more pain, for the former things have passed away. I am enveloped in the purest of Love. There are no words to describe it. I would love to say I miss you all, but I take you everywhere I go, besides I am with Jesus and He is in you and you in Him, so really, we are still together and will be together again.

I have kept this writing in my lock box for years and I would love to share it with you all now.
To Those I Love
When I am gone, just release me, let me go-so I can move into my afterglow. You mustn’t tie me down with your tears; let’s be happy we had so many years. I gave you my love, you can only guess how much you gave me happiness. I thank you feel love you each have shown, but now it’s time I traveled alone. So, grieve for me a while, if grieve you must, and then let your grief be comforted with trust. It’s only for a while that we must part, so Bless the memories within your heart. And then, when you must come this way alone, I’ll greet you with a smile and a “Welcome Home.”
Thank you all for being such an important part of my life. I will be seeing you. Love God and Love one another for Love is the power that cannot be stopped.
My brother would say . . . “A loving mother, and a kind soul, Will see you on the other side.”
Mother worked for ABC/Bug a way Pest Control for 25 years running the office.
And Mother was an active member of the church of Jesus Christ of latter-day Saints until she was no longer able to participate in activities outside the home. During last two years of her life Maureen Scofield of Webb City was kind enough to come and minister to my mother on regular basis. Mother also went to church with me and my husband in Joplin at Impact Life Church, St. Paul’s Methodist Church, and the Sheep Shed. As mother’s disease progressed, we’d change the venue to accommodate her. The Sheep Shed never skipped a service, COVID couldn’t stop Mack Evans, we just had it in the car.  Mother love the Lord and even though she would forget me at times, she would never forget the Lord or my father.
Mother was a given person. She served her church, her family and her community. Growing up mother would always go to the homeless shelter and pick up a people up for Christmas and Thanksgiving. Mother was amazing.
In California mother worked in a trophy shop engraving plate and chroming metal. On the side she decorated cakes. Mother made my wedding cake, actually put together my whole wedding.
Mother was selfless and kind. Dementia is a horrendous disease and we are blessed that the Lord took her home. I miss my mother, but I have missed her since around May 23rd when she started to decline rapidly.
Barbara and John have been married 57 wonderful years. They were amazing parents. Father is still in the nursing home (Pittsburg Health and Rehab). He is 77. Please pray for comfort and peace for him.
If you would like to honor mother do something kind for someone in her stead. Thank you





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