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Barbara Jean Cleveland

September 16, 1934 ~ March 14, 2023 (age 88) 88 Years Old


Barbara Jean Cleveland was born on September 16, 1934 in Atchison, KS; the daughter of Louis and Dorothy (Thompson) Cummings. She was married to Kenneth Cleveland on February 14, 1952; they later divorced. She was a highly educated lady and held a Master’s Degree of Educational Psychology from Wichita State University. Previously, she had achieved her Associates Degree from Cloud County College in Concordia and her Bachelor’s Degree from Marymount College in Salina. Barbara was a social worker for many years, but retired after a 20+ year long career as a Juvenile Intake Officer with the Butler County Sheriff’s Office. After retirement, Barbara took about a year off from work, but quickly decided she would be a good fit with Catholic Charities in their domestic violence department; she worked there for 9 years. She loved to crochet and would make beautiful afghans and liked to pass time by making homemade soaps. The highlight of her life was spending time with her grandchildren and great grandchildren. Her loving family includes her children, Terry (Deanna) Cleveland of Salina, Cindy (Steve) Kahrs of Clay Center, Tim (Bendi) Cleveland of Pittsburg and Janet Cleveland of El Dorado; Eight Grandchildren; Twelve Great Grandchildren and sister, Darlene Reinhart. Barbara passed away on March 14, 2023 in Wichita, KS. She is preceded in death by her parents; one granddaughter, Amy Cleveland and two sisters, Carol Henderson and Betty Koob. In lieu of flowers memorial donations may be directed to Butler County Sheriff’s Department or Catholic Charities. The family will be holding a private memorial service with burial at Swedesburg Cemetery. Please sign her online guestbook at

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Swedesburg Cemetery

Clay Center, KS


Butler County Sheriff's Department
141 S. Gordy St., El Dorado KS 67042
Tel: 1-316-322-4254

Catholic Charities of Wichita
437 North Topeka Street, Wichita KS 67202
Tel: 1-316-264-8344


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