Barbara Burnett
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Obituary of Barbara Burnett

November 11, 1924–February 17, 2018


Barbara (Corwith) Burnett, age 93, of Lone Jack, Missouri, passed away on Saturday, February 17, 2018, in Lee’s Summit, Missouri, after a long battle with Alzheimer’s disease.

Barbara was born on November 11, 1924, in Southampton, New York, to James C. and Hazel H. Corwith. Raised in Water Mill on the family farm, she graduated from Southampton High School and earned a B.A. in Music Education from Syracuse University. She married Arthur Halsey Burnett in August 1946. They lived briefly in Connecticut before relocating to Merrick, New York, where they started their family. They moved to the Kansas City area in 1961, where she spent the rest of her life.

Known for her perfect pitch and many other musical gifts, she devoted her life to sharing the joy of music with others. She began her career as a high school music teacher, and worked for many years as a private piano teacher. She earned a M.A. in Music Education at the University of Missouri–Kansas City.

Barbara was an active churchgoer, singing in the choir and serving as an Elder at the Leawood (Kansas) Presbyterian Church. She was active in the Sigma Alpha Iota International Music Fraternity. A longtime member of the Milburn Country Club in Overland Park, Kansas, Barbara enjoyed playing golf with friends. She was also skilled at sewing and quilting; one of her proudest projects was making quilts for children in need through Project Linus.

She is survived by her four children, Gregory Burnett and his wife, Joan, of Simpsonville, South Carolina; Dianne Lamie and her husband, Bill, of Weymouth, Massachusetts; Richard Burnett and his wife, Lisa, of Beaverton, Oregon; and Maureen McCorkle and her husband, David, of Lone Jack, Missouri. Also survived by her sister Virginia Strachan and her husband, Harry, of Scottsdale, Arizona; her brother Paul Corwith and his wife, Helen, of Water Mill and Naples, Florida; her sister-in-law, Marilyn Corwith, of Greenport, New York; eight grandchildren; two great-grandchildren; and numerous nieces and nephews. She was preceded in death by her loving husband, her parents, and her brother, Richard Corwith.

Barbara’s family cordially invites all to visitation hours from 3 to 6 PM at Brockett Funeral Home in Southampton on Friday, February 23. A celebration of Barbara’s life will be held at First Presbyterian Church in Southampton at 11 AM on Saturday, February 24, followed by burial at Flying Point Cemetery. The family wishes to thank Kindred Hospice for caring for Barbara during the final days of her life. Donations can be made in Barbara’s memory to the Alzheimer’s Association.