In Memory

Barbara Allen (Surface)

Barbara Ann Surface


Barbara Ann Surface

April 09, 1948 - January 01, 2018

Barbara A. Surface, 69, of Winfield, Kansas, passed away early Monday morning, January 1, 2018 at Via Christi Francis Hospital in Wichita.

Born April 9, 1948 in Neodesha, Kansas, she was the daughter of Byron C. and Jessie H. (Lippincott) Allen. She was united in marriage to Ronald J. Surface on January 20, 1968. The couple shared 44 years together before he preceded her in death.

Barbara’s talents ranged from music. Including singing, bell-ringing and piano and organ performance; to crafts like quilting, knitting and needlepoint; to leading outdoor adventures, spending many years training generations of future Girl Scout leaders. She was also active at Grace United Methodist Church, participating in her Sunday School class for many years.

She is survived by four children, seven grandchildren and one great grandchild and many cousins. 

She was preceded in death by her parents and her husband. 

A combined memorial service will be held for Barbara and her mother, Jessie on Monday, January 8, 2018 at 10:00 A.M. at Grace United Methodist Church. Inurnment for Barbara will follow at the Kansas Veterans Cemetery. Friends may visit with the family at Miles Funeral Service on Sunday afternoon from 2 to 4 P.M. 

A memorial has been established in Barbara’s name for the American Cancer Society. Contributions may be made through the funeral home. 

So when this corruptible shall have put on incorruption, and this mortal shall have put on immortality, then shall be brought to pass the saying that is written, Death is swallowed up in victory. 1 Corinthians 15:54.

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01/04/18 07:42 AM #1    

Ella Lehl (Frederick)

What an intelligent, sweet, caring person Barbara was.  It is inconceivable to picture her without her wonderful smile.   Barbara enjoyed conversing with others, often  joining in laughter with others.    I first became acquainted with her at Allison Junior High.  She was always one of the smartest in our classes.  Barbara was also musically talented and very artistic in other ways also.  I'm praying for her children and grandchildren at this sad, sad time.  Ella Lehl Frederick

01/05/18 04:02 PM #2    

Shirley Fiedler (Jensen)

Barbara was such a great friend during junior high and high school.  Such a beautiful person.  Unfortunately, we lost track of each other after high school (my fault).  However, it was so nice to reconnect a couple of times, the last of which was the wonderful 50th high school reunion.  My sincere sympathies to her family.

Shirley Jean Fiedler Jensen

01/06/18 11:21 PM #3    

Connie Buckner (Rudkin)

Barbara was a great friend at Allison and West.   We attended church together and had many fun times.  She taught me to drive a standard shift car in the church parking lot.  We shared the same birthday and had several parties together.  I lost track of her after she married but have recently reconnected with her.  She always had a smile and positive attitude no matter how she felt.  She will be missed but leaves behind a lot of great memories for me.  Prayers for her family.

01/07/18 09:12 PM #4    

Susan Bockelman (Tidemann)

Barbara and I became friends at Allison Jr. High.  In high school she picked me up early every morning our senior year even though I only lived two blocks from school.  We enjoyed the senior table of friends and conversation in the cafeteria before heading to class.  Barbara was a wonderful warm caring person with a beautiful smile that always made the day brighter.  When she moved back to Kansas we would contact each other and make plans to attend each reunion.  In August we had lunch and I hugged her when we left.  Now she is being hugged by the Lord.  The memories of that day and the years will remain.  Barbara blessed many with her friendship.  I am grateful to have been one among them.

Susan Bockelman Tidemann


01/08/18 12:06 PM #5    

Mike Zeiner

Rest in Peace that is beyond all our understanding Barbara.  May your family and friends retain the beautiful memories you have given to them.  Mike Zeiner


01/09/18 11:47 AM #6    

Diana Murphey (Wenke)

Barbara and I have been best friends since she and her family moved to Wichita when we were in 5th Grade. They went to our church.We have kept in touch throughout our lives. We were part of a group of great friends who met for lunch or dinner every couple of months. Barbara is one of the most kind, positive people I know. She always knew just what to say, at just the right time. She married a dear friend of mine who I knew all our lives. She's with him again. She will always have a special place in my heart and some day we will see each other again. Rest in peace, Barbara.

08/23/18 03:22 PM #7    

Bonnie Hoffman (Bauer)

Everytime I drive past the house where she grew up on N. Charles, I think about Barbara.  She was always so kind and sweet to everyone.  Her smile lit up a room!  She truly made the world a kinder, more gentle place.   She will be greatly missed by many people.  May she forever be in peace. 

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