Barbara Jean White, 71, Waverly: July 2, 1944 – Jan. 30, 2016

WAVERLY, Kan. – Barbara Jean White, 71, passed away on Saturday, Jan. 30, 2016, at Sunset Manor, in Waverly, Kan. She was born on July 2, 1944, in Kansas City, Kan., the daughter Cecil and Edna Briggs Leonard.

Barbara had lived in Waverly since 1976. She was a registered nurse and worked for Emporia Rehabilitation for several years, was the director of nursing for Sunset Manor for 5 years, and then became director of nursing for COF in Burlington until her retirement in 2009.

On Aug. 3, 1968, Barbara was married to Gary White, in Kansas City, Mo.

Barbara was preceded in death by a son, Joseph Denney; three brothers, Russell, Billy and Dale; and a sister, JoAnn.

Barbara is survived by her husband, Gary, of the home; daughter, Kari Thornbrugh, Waverly; three sons, Frank Denney, of Oklahoma, Jeff Denney, of California, and Kenneth Walker, of Oklahoma; four brothers, James Leonard, Cecil Leonard, Richard Hodge and Robert Leonard; three sisters, Patty Carr, of California, Rita Downs, Kansas City, Kan., and Peggy Leonard; and eight grandchildren and several great-grandchildren.

Memorial services for Barbara will be at 2 p.m. Saturday, March 12, at Feltner Funeral Chapel, Lyndon. The family will receive friends from 1:30 p.m. until service time. Inurnment will be in the Waverly Cemetery at a later date.

In lieu of flowers, the family wishes memorial contributions be made payable to the Johnson Cancer Research Center, which is through Kansas State University. These may be sent in care of Feltner Funeral Home, 818 Topeka Ave., Lyndon, KS 66451. Online condolences may be left at

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