Hazel L. Barker, 101, of Independence, Mo., passed away Sunday, Feb. 24, 2013, at Carmel Hills Living Center.

Hazel L. Barker, 101, of Independence, Mo., passed away Sunday, Feb. 24, 2013, at Carmel Hills Living Center.


Services will be 1:30 p.m. Friday, March 1, at the Carson-Speaks Chapel, 1501 W. Lexington Ave., Independence, with visitation from noon to 1:30 p.m. prior to the service. Burial will be in Mound Grove Cemetery. Contributions are suggested to the Harmony Heights Missionary Baptist Church, 1701 N. Salem Drive, Independence, MO 64058.


Mrs. Barker was born on Jan. 15, 1912, in Cowgill, Mo., to Daniel B. Ballew Sr. and Susie Belle Hollingsworth. Hazel was a loving mother and grandmother who enjoyed spending time with her family and playing Bingo and going to the Casino. She retired from the Cafeteria department at Sugar Creek School and had previously work  for Luce Manufacturing and Neevel Manufacturing. She was a member of the Harmony Heights Missionary Baptist Church in Independence and the Eastern Star. She was also a member of the Jolly Lamplighters at Maywood Baptist Church. Hazel was proud of the fact that she was able to live independently for most of her life. She was previously married to William Shirley and together they had three daughters.


She is survived by the three daughters, Beverly Skeen (Shirley) and husband, Willard (deceased), of Independence, Donna Craven (Shirley) of Independence and Janice Carol Black (Shirley) and husband, Darrell, of Hernando, Miss.; a brother, Ralph Ballew and wife, Marilyn, of Kansas City, Mo.; a sister, Helen Marie Misel of Bonner Springs, Kan.; five grandchildren, David (Cindi) Skeen of Lake Tapawingo, Mo., William (Brenda) Craven of Independence, Mo., Michael Craven of Independence, Mo., Stephanie (Wayne) Rigsby of Newton, Miss., and Erik (Candace) Black of Ragley, La.; eight great-grandchildren; and a great-great-granddaughter. Hazel was preceded in death by her parents, four brothers and two sisters.


Online condolences may be expressed at www.speakschapel.com.


Arrangements: Carson-Speaks Chapel, 816-252-7900.



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