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Barbara Ellen Allard - age 84 of Polo, MO passed away Tuesday morning, July 23rd, 2019 at Hedrick Medical Center in Chillicothe, MO. Barb was born on January 25th, 1935 the daughter of Glenn and Winifred (Jones) Halsey at home in Kansas City, MO. Winifred married Jesse Farmer and Barb gained a stepfather early in her childhood. She grew up in Kansas City and was a 1953 graduate of Polo High School. She obtained a Bachelor’s degree in music education with a minor in English from Central Missouri State Teacher’s College in Warrensburg. On August 3rd, 1963 Barbara was united in marriage to Charles Allard at Redbridge United Methodist Church in Kansas City. She was a longtime member of the Polo United Methodist Church. Barbara was a founding member of the Beta Sigma Phi Sorority in Polo and the Polo R-VII Education Foundation. She was also a member of the Caldwell County Retired Teachers Association. Barb taught music in the Belton School district from 1957 to 1968 and then Junior High and High School English for the Polo School District from 1976 until her retirement in 2010. Barbara loved teaching and wouldn’t have retired if it wasn’t for her health. Once you were her kid, you were always her kid. She was dedicated to her church, school and community. Barbara was one of Polo’s biggest fans in athletics, school and community. She rarely missed her grandchildren’s sporting events. Barbara was ornery and had a sense of humor that will always be remembered. She enjoyed cooking for family and taking the grandkids to Branson. Barbara loved her family and was proud of them. She will be dearly missed by her family, church, community and many friends.
Mrs. Allard was preceded in death by: her parents; stepfather, Jesse Farmer; husband, Charles; brother, Robert Halsey. Those left to mourn her passing and celebrate her life include: daughter, Kimberly Kay Thompson of Polo; grandson, Justin Thompson (Ashley Adams) of Sedalia; grandson, Jason Thompson (Averie Heil) of La Monte; granddaughter, Billie Kay Thompson of Polo; her dogs, Copper and Lucy. Several cousins and other extended family members survive.
In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions are suggested to the Polo United Methodist Church or the Polo R-VII Education Foundation. Funeral Services will be held 10 AM Saturday morning, July 27th, 2019 at the Polo United Methodist Church. Visitation will be 6 to 8 PM Friday evening at the church. Friends may call from 11 AM to 4 PM Friday at the funeral home. Burial at Cowgill Cemetery, southeast of Cowgill. Arrangements are under the direction of Stith Family Funeral Home in Polo. Online guestbook at www.stithfamilyfunerals.com