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Barbara Laureen Fanshier-Phillips 1939 - 2022
Barbara Laureen Fanshier-Phillips

THE VILLAGES, Fla. — Barbara Laureen (Daniels) Fanshier-Phillips, 83, of The Villages, Fla., passed away July 19, 2022 with her daughter, Shawn Fanshier, by her side.

Born January 25, 1939 on the family farm in Kinsley, Kan. Barb was a life-long learner with a passion for following her dreams. Barb’s connection to the family farm did not stop at her birth. A myriad of holidays, summers, and special events were spent on the farm throughout her life. For many years, Barb would assist her Uncle Jr. , Aunt Mattha,and cousin Alan Burcher with the harvest duties to help assure the legacy of their family home. Due to her strong ties, she, her children, and grandchildren always refer to the farm as “home,” no matter where they find themselves in the world. 

Barb graduated from Great Bend High School in 1957 and pursued her Bachelor’s degree in English from Wichita State University graduating in 1970 and in 1998 earned her Master’s degree from Fort Hays State University. Touching many students’ lives, Barbara retired from education in 2001 in Wamego, Kan. leaving her imprinted legacy for future generations. 

Barb started her family while in college and, with her first husband, raised three children, David Fanshier, Shawn Fanshier, and Lisa Fanshier. In 1996 she met the love of her life, Donald V. Phillips and they married in 1999 in Kinsley, Kan.

Never one to stop learning herself, Barb was always one to take up new interests and followed her passions throughout her life. She could be found learning a new art form, square dancing, acting, singing, enjoying music, games, and sports. After retirement, Barb and Don moved to The Villages, Fla., where Barb delved into genealogy, databasing an extensive family tree, winning a medal in billiards in the Senior Olympics, concentrating on publishing her books, volunteering at the Catholic Charities Clinic, enjoying water yoga, and traveling with and spending time with Don. Barb had a great sense of travel and explored on 6 continents over her lifetime, many of her trips were enjoyed with family and dear friends. This wonderful gift of exploration is passed onto and enjoyed by her family. 

Barbara is proceeded in death by her mother, Harriet Daniels; father, Edward Daniels; husband, Donald V. Phillips; beloved pets, Happy, Candy, Monet, and Pepper; and is survived by her sister, Sherry German; three children; five grandchildren; six great-grandchildren; her extended family by marriage, and a host of long time friends. A memorial service will be held in Kinsley at McKillip Funeral Home on Sept. 3, 2022 at 2 p.m. and Barbara will be laid to rest at the Hillside Cemetery, immediately followed by a life celebration. In lieu of flowers, please consider donating in memory of Barbara to Vitas Hospice Care or to another charity that Barb loved (local community theater, Habitat for Humanity, etc.).

Funeral arrangements provided by

McKillip Funeral Home

623 Marsh Ave.

Kinsley, KS 67547

Great Bend (Kan.) Tribune, July 24, 2022