Archive for Thursday, May 24, 2007

Former county elections official dies

May 24, 2007

Gloria Barnhart, former assistant election commissioner for Johnson County, died early Monday morning, May 21, in her Lenexa home, losing a courageous battle against ovarian cancer. She was 65.

She retired Jan. 9 from the Johnson County Election Office where she had worked as a full-time employee since March 1992, serving as assistant election commissioner since October 2000. She worked for three election commissioners -- Elgia Stevenson, Connie Schmidt and Brian Newby, the current election commissioner since January 2005.

Annabeth Surbaugh, chairman of the Johnson County Board of Commission led the Johnson County community in mourning the death of the beloved and well-respected assistant election commissioner.

"Johnson County has lost a great public servant with a great heart, a great friend, and a true lady. Gloria Barnhart maintained high principles through firm dedication and unwavering passion for preserving and serving the election process and its vital role in the American democracy," Surbaugh said.

"She was the heart and soul of the Election Office for a long, long time. It's a sad loss for her family and for her Johnson County family."

Newby agreed.

"It was my honor and privilege to have known Gloria, to have worked with her for the past two years, and to have considered her a close friend," he said.

"Gloria was a well respected leader, a selfless worker, and simply a class act in all ways. Her dedication to Johnson County elections and to Johnson County voters defined her, and to many, she was the Election Office. Our hearts and prayers are with her family at this time. She will be greatly missed."

Survivors include Gene, her husband of 43 years; two children, Bret and Anne; and one granddaughter, Taylor.

The memorial funeral service will be at 10 a.m. Thursday at the Amos Family Funeral Home, 10113 Lenexa Drive, Lenexa. Burial will follow at the Lenexa Cemetery, 90th Street and Pflumm Road.

In lieu of flowers, the family suggests contributions to the Ovarian Cancer Alliance of Kansas City or the Shawnee Mission Education Foundation.

Condolences may be expressed at www.amosfamily.com.

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