Barbara Laura Velvick, age 57, of Garnett, Kansas, passed away on Sunday, December 10, 2017, at KU Medical Center in Kansas City, Kansas.
Barbi was the tenth of ten children born to Richard Arnold and Bernice Marie (Hekelnkaemper) Dempster. She was born on April 27, 1960, in Atchison, Kansas, where she grew up, graduating from Atchison County Community High School in 1978. Following high school Barbi moved to Manhattan, Kansas to attend college. While there, she met her future husband, Jay Velvick. They were united in marriage on July 5, 1980, at the First Christian Church in Garnett, Kansas. They made their home in a few shacks in northeast Kansas until moving to Garnett in 1985, with their daughter, Casey. They were blessed with two sons, Gage and Asher after moving to Garnett. Barbi then worked as a house cleaner, she also cleaned The Upper Cut in Garnett. Little did she know that she would eventually own and operate The Upper Cut. Barbi took the opportunity to follow a lifelong dream when she earned her cosmetology license in 1989. Following school, she began working as a hairdresser at The Upper Cut. She owned and operated The Upper Cut in Garnett since 2000. Barbi treasured her collection of Coca-Cola artifacts from her family's bottling company in Atchison. Wyoming held a special place in her heart where she enjoyed going to visit since she was a toddler. She loved all outdoor activities especially camping, hiking, boating, swimming, and building fires. She loved animals, particularly the hummingbirds that would frequent her flowerbeds. Barbi was an incessant cleaner who may have pre-cleaned some things before actually cleaning them. She loved to take care of her children and grandchildren, and she or anyone else that needed her help. Barbi was always a believer, but her faith and spirituality gave her a solid foundation, following her diagnosis of breast cancer in 2001. In the years that she spent in remission and treatment, she was steadfast in her faith. That faith and her resolve enabled her to live and work throughout her sixteen years of being a cancer warrior instead of a cancer victim.
Barbi was preceded in death by her parents, and granddaughter, Zoey Gaines.
She is survived by her husband, Jay Velvick of the home; children, Casey Gaines and Kevin of Garnett, Gage Velvick and Larissa Brewer of Garnett and Asher Velvick and Keela of Richmond, Kansas; seven grandchildren, Koralyn and Kyen Gaines, Dagon and Maliah Velvick, Zykin, Coevin and Allister Velvick; nine brothers and sisters, Lynn Hoffman, Pauline Schuele and husband, Tom, Peg Vanderweide and husband, Ed, all of Atchison, Kansas, Tom Dempster and wife, Joan of Sandy, Utah, Edna Dempster and Bill Brandon of Billings, Montana, Rick Dempster and wife, Cindy of Manhattan, Kansas; Susan Bassani and husband, Mark of Garnett, Jim Dempster and wife, Audrey of Edmond, Oklahoma, and Mary Ellerman and husband, Bill of Chester, Virginia.
Funeral services will be held at 11:00 AM on Friday, December 15, 2017, at the First Christian Church in Garnett, Kansas. Burial will follow in the Garnett Cemetery. Family will greet friends from 6:00 PM to 8:00 PM on Thursday evening at the Feuerborn Family Funeral Service Chapel in Garnett, Kansas. Memorial contributions may be made to W.I.N.G.S. and left in care of the funeral home. Condolences may be left for the family at www.feuerbornfuneral.com