Barbara A. Kotalik


November 26, 1942 ~ October 27, 2020

  • Barbara A. Kotalik
    Barbara A. Kotalik

Barbara Ann Kotalik, 77, of Blue Springs, Missouri, passed away on Tuesday, October 27, 2020 after a hard fight against an incurable illness, surrounded by her loving children. Memorial services will be held at 2:00 p.m. on Sunday, November 8th at First United Methodist Church of Blue Springs. The family will receive friends from 1:00 p.m. until service time at the church. The service will be live streamed at

Graveside services will be held at 1:00 p.m. on Saturday, November 14th at the Pawnee City Cemetery. In lieu of flowers, contributions can be made to Kauffman Center for the Performing Arts.

Barbara was born on November 26, 1942 in Pawnee City, Nebraska, the youngest of five children to Clifford and Hazel (Thiemann) Brown. After living in several cities in different states, Barbara settled in Blue Springs, MO, where she worked for the Ewing Kauffman Foundation for over 15 years in various administrative office positions. She also served as a volunteer at the Kauffman Center for the Performing Arts during that time as well as years after. Barbara enjoyed scrapbooking, Stitch Club, and playing the piano. She was an active member of the First United Methodist Church of Blue Springs, where she was a member of the Choir and also served as a member of the Bell Choir. Both activities were especially important to Barbara, especially during the holidays. She will be remembered for her warm smile and her kind heart.

Barbara was preceded in death by her parents and two brothers, Jim and Allen Brown.

She is survived by her three children: Michael Kotalik (Cheryl) of St. Louis, MO, Jonna Scott (Allen) of Osage Beach, MO, and Tom Kotalik (Lorrie) of Excelsior Springs, MO; five grandchildren: Christy, Rachel, Serena, Graci, and Sam; four great-grandchildren: Dalton, Raegan, Grayson, and a step great-grandchild, Broque; a brother, Rex Brown of Minneapolis, MN; and a sister, Betty Kimes of Pawnee City, NE.

Arrangements: Royer Funeral Home, Grain Valley, MO 816-847-4441.