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Barbara Jean Moore Peterson

Barbara Jean Moore Peterson passed away Saturday, September 16, 2023, at her home in Belton. She was born in 1931 in Blount County, Tennessee, to Mary Barbara and Charles Cecil Moore. Barbara met and married Don Peterson, the love of her life, and they had four children. After several job-related moves, her family settled in Kansas City in 1967. Barbara moved to Belton in 2010 and made many new friends who truly enriched her life.

Barbara Jean Moore Peterson

She is survived by daughters Sally Smith of Belton, Kathy Miller (Alan) of Las Vegas, and Beth Hessel (Patrice Lagnier) of Phoenix, grandsons Dallas Hessel (Taylor) of Kansas City and Crosby Hessel (Natasha) of Redlands Calif., and great granddaughter Daria of Redlands Calif. She is also survived by her sister Sally Mauney of Leland N.C. and her nephews Charles Mauney and David Mauney. Barbara was preceded in death by her husband Don and son John.


The family will have a celebration of Barbara’s life in the spring. In lieu of flowers, please remember Barbara with a donation to the charity of your choice or a donation to the Belton Historical Society (for scholarships) or to Belton Welfare Association.

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