Barbara Lee Cubbage

Friday, February 9, 2024

Barbara Lee Cubbage was born June 26,1945 and died on February 2, 2024 at the Kansas City Hospice House in Kansas City, Missouri.

The oldest of six children, Barbara was born to Stanley and Bertha Brittingham in Butler, Missouri. In her early childhood the Barbara’s family moved to Nevada, Missouri where she graduated in the top 10 percent of her class from Nevada High School in 1963.

With a borrowed wedding dress and money she had made from her “first real job” at the local bank, Barbara married Robert Cubbage on February 9, 1964. The ceremony took place at the First Christian Church in Nevada.

The “city girl” had now moved to the farm. On that farm near Walker, Missouri the newly married couple moved into a “fixer-upper” craftsman style farmhouse. From the time she first set foot in that house she was determined to make it her pride and joy. Through multiple makeovers, additions and her eye for decorating, this was the home that Barbara helped build for her family.

The couple welcomed a son, Steven in the summer of 1965 and a daughter Christy in late summer of 1969. After the kids were older, Barbara returned to work outside the home as she started a part-time position as postal clerk at the small rural Post Office in Walker, Missouri. She eventually worked her way up the ranks and she became the full-time Postmaster of that same post office — a position she held until her retirement in 2004.

In retirement she went back to doing the things she loved the most — decorating, baking, gardening, traveling and taking care of her cats. To her husband’s chagrin she never could pass by a good antique store, but her favorite was the Iron Star in Fort Scott. She was an amazing baker — whether it was making superhero cakes for her grandchildren or homemade pies for Thanksgiving. But nothing was more delicious than her famous hot homemade rolls. She had a green thumb as her lawn, trees and flowers surrounding her home looked more like an arboretum than someone’s actual yard. She got to see a lot a places during her lifetime, whether it was roadtrips across the U.S., or cruises to the Caribbean and Alaska, or various transatlantic flights that took her to Ireland, France and Italy. And finally, any wayward feline soon knew they had reached the promised land when they showed up on Barbara Cubbage’s doorstep. She loved her cats.

Anything sweet may have been the only thing she loved more than cats. She loved chocolate. She loved her ice cream. The two together only made it all the better. And she loved her “girl trips” as they would travel and shop together and leave the men behind so they “could have some fun.”

She will be greatly missed by all. Thanksgiving will never be the same without her signature rolls, pies, and one cannot forget the made from scratch egg noodles.

Barbara is survived by her loving husband Robert, her son Steve Cubbage and his wife Kimberly Russell, and daughter Christy Cubbage and her husband Butch Rigby, granddaughter Alexandra Cubbage, step granddaughter Lauren Jones and her husband Dan Jones, step grandson Broc Hammett, and two great grandsons Rainer and Sebastian Jones. Surviving siblings include sisters Marilyn Brittingham and Kaye Brittingham, brothers Galen Brittingham and his wife Kathy, and Thurman Brittingham and his wife Lynda. She was preceded in death by her brother Marty Brittingham.

In lieu of flowers, memorials are suggested to St. Jude’s Children’s Hospital, Vernon County 4-H, or the Kansas City Hospice House in c/o of Ferry Funeral Home.

A Celebration of Life will be held from 2:00 to 5:00 p.m. on Saturday, March 9, 2024 at First Baptist Church in Nevada, MO.



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