Barbara Surpless

Barbara Surpless, 81, of Oxford, passed away Wednesday, Oct. 23, 2019, at her home in Oxford.

Funeral services are at 10:30 a.m. Monday, Oct. 28, at the First Baptist Church in Oxford. Burial is at Oxford Cemetery. Visitation is from noon to 7 p.m. Sunday, Oct. 27, with the family receiving friends from 4 to 6 p.m. at Oxford Funeral Service Chapel.

A memorial has been established with the Oxford Friendship Center. Contributions can be left with the Oxford Funeral Home, P.O. Box 123, Oxford, KS 67119. For more information, visit

Barbara Dee Surpless was born June 14, 1938, the daughter of Donald and Adelaide (Bothwell) Knapp, in Van Nuys, Calif. Barbara was the oldest of three daughters. She attended Oxford public schools and graduated in 1956. Following graduation, she married Paris Wakeman. To that union, three daughters were born. They later divorced.

Barbara moved to New Jersey to work for Braen Stone Industries. While there, she married Roger Surpless, who preceded her in death in 2007. She then returned to Kansas and her hometown of Oxford. Barbara was an amazing cook and loved feeding her family and friends. She was bright, witty and made everyone around her feel loved. She had a contagious smile and smiled most when talking about her grandchildren and great-grandchildren. Her competitive spirit showed often as she loved to play any board or card game and could get wound up at the weekly bridge club. She loved to travel, but hated to fly, so she was always on board for a road trip.

She was preceded in death by her parents and her husband, Roger Surpless.

Barbara is survived by her daughters, Kaye Dee Potucek (Jim), of Oxford, Shelley Patterson, of Derby, and Wendy Maness (Eric), of Ben Lomond, Calif.; 10 grandchildren, Clint Potucek (Elisabeth), Mitch Potucek (Heidi), Emily McBee (Gage), Brian Hamilton, Lynn Dee Stoll (Ryan), Seth Patterson (Anna), Rachel Patterson, McKenna Maness, Lily Maness, and Mystery Maness; 13 great-grandchildren; two sisters, Marilyn Cormack, of Lawrence, and Janet Braen, of Franklin Lakes, N.J.; as well as many special nieces, nephews and close friends. 

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