Gardening 06

Barbara J. (Bennett) Ross

September 11, 1934 ~ March 2, 2020 (age 85)



Barbara Jean (Bennett) Schmidt Ross, 85, of Pleasant Hill, Missouri, formerly of Burlington, Kansas, was born September 11, 1934, in Missoula, Montana, the daughter of George Alvin and Sarah Jane (Triplett) Bennett.  She departed this life, Monday, March 2, 2020, at Addington Place of Lee’s Summit.

Barbara was a 1953 Burlington High School graduate.

On June 6, 1953, she was united in marriage to Ralph Amos “Junior” Schmidt, Jr. in Burlington; he preceded her in death on February 10, 1981.  On June 24, 1988, she was united in Marriage to Troy Clyde Ross in Pleasant Hill; he preceded her in death on October 25, 2004.

Barbara had been employed as a secretary for the Methodist Church in Burlington, as a bank teller in Burlington and Kansas City, and as a secretary for the E.R.C. Insurance Company. She was an active member of the Big Creek Baptist Church.    She enjoyed watching sports especially the KU Jayhawks, the Chiefs, and the Royals.  She also enjoyed gardening, quilting, and tending to her bird feeders. 

Barbara was also preceded in death by her parents; granddaughter, Pamela Fay Schmidt; one brother, George Bennett; and her sister, Maude “Goldie” Carter.

She is survived by two sons, Mike (and Debby) Schmidt of Burlington, and Terry (and LaDonna) Schmidt of Kansas City; six stepsons, Junior (and Carol) Ross, Lloyd (and Pat) Ross, Bob (and Becky) Ross, Dennis (and Mary) Ross, all of Pleasant Hill, Glen Ross of St. Louis, Missouri, and Jim Ross of Lee’s Summit; three step-daughters, Linda (and D.A.) Kramer of Graff, Missouri, Nancy (and Jim) Hull, and Brenda (and Preston) Sanders, both of Pleasant Hill; numerous grandchildren, great grandchildren, and great-great grandchildren; other relatives and friends.

Funeral services were held Friday, March 6, 2020, at the funeral home.  Pastor Preston Sanders officiated. 

Graveside services were held later that afternoon at the Graceland Cemetery in Burlington, Kansas.

Memorial contributions are suggested to the Big Creek Baptist Church and may be sent in care of the funeral home.

Online condolences may be sent to the family at

Arrangements: Stanley-Dickey Funeral Home, 203 N. Armstrong St., Pleasant Hill, Missouri 64080 (816) 540-5550

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March 6, 2020

9:00 AM to 10:00 AM
Stanley-Dickey Funeral Home
203 N. Armstrong Street
Pleasant Hill, MO 64080

Funeral Service
March 6, 2020

10:00 AM
Stanley-Dickey Funeral Home
203 N. Armstrong Street
Pleasant Hill, MO 64080

Graveside Service
March 6, 2020

3:00 PM
Graceland Cemetery, Burlington, Kansas


Big Creek Baptist Church
P.O. Box 395, Pleasant Hill MO 64080
Tel: 1-816-540-2365

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