Barbara Jacqueline (Jackie) Heffley
Barbara Jacqueline (Jackie) Heffley died peacefully at Hospice House of Kansas City on December 31, 2015, at the age of 88 after a long illness. Funeral services were held 10 a.m. Tues., Jan. 5, at the First Christian Church Disciples of Christ in Bonner Springs, Kan., with entombment following in the Chapel Hill Memorial Gardens Mausoleum in Kansas City, Kan. Friends called at the visitation from 6 to 8 p.m. Mon., at the Alden-Harrington Funeral Home in Bonner Springs, Kan.
Jackie considered her beloved family her legacy and is survived by her five children, Rod (Corinne) Heffley, Stan (Lynn) Heffley, Steve (Pam) Heffley, Phillip (Elaine) Heffley, and Lisa Cordes (Robert Vigliotti); her 16 grandchildren, Jeff, Cori, Hilary, Jill, Mathew, Melanie, Adam, Marissa, Megan, Ryan, Holly, Sam, Emma, Willa, Alex, and Amy; and her 20 great-grandchildren, Brett; Aidan, Ava and Cooper; Tyson and Alexis; Izabella; Luke and Mia; Hadley and Charlotte; Rex, Abraham and Oscar; Reese and Patrick; Lux; Desmond and Wesley; and Ruby. She is preceded in death by her husband Rex, her parents T.A. and Ruby Prier, and her three brothers Charlie, Don and Gary.
Jackie was born on May 5, 1927 in Butterfield, Missouri. She attended Butterfield High School and Southwest Missouri State Teachers College. She married Rex Heffley of Seligman, Missouri on December 27, 1944, and worked as a certified army welder while Rex fought in Europe in World War II. Upon his return, they settled in Kansas City, Kansas, where they lived for 14 years before moving to Bonner Springs, KS. In 1957, they opened Ranch Bowl in Kansas City, KS, which they owned and operated for 50 years.
Jackie was a member of the First Christian Church of Bonner Springs, Kan., where she was active in the Christian Women's Fellowship and in countless volunteer and service projects. After the church building burned, Jackie made it her mission to rebuild the church library for the new building.
Besides family and faith, Jackie's passions included gardening, cooking, traveling, and reading. Her final prayer was this: "Thank you God, for blessing my life with so much love, for enriching my life beyond measure, for making my life this glorious journey."
In lieu of flowers, the family requests donations to Kansas City Hospice and Palliative Care or Cancer Action in care of the funeral home.