Barbara Ann (Sanders) Wright was born in Kansas City, KS on August 28, 1949. She was the second of twelve children born to Tyree and Julia Sanders. Preceding her in death were her parents, her sister LeAudrey Sanders, her brother Sanford Sanders, an infant sibling, and her son Carlton Wright, Jr.
As a young child, Barbara and her family moved to Kansas City, MO and united in fellowship with the Pentecostal Church of God in Christ, under the leadership of Bishop Daniel M. Jordan and First Lady Mother Mary M. Jordan. She matriculated through the Kansas City Public Schools and graduated from Central High School in 1967. Soon after completing her formal education, Barbara began a career as a CNA.
After a courtship with a fellow parishioner, Barbara married Carlton Wright, Sr. on June 7, 1969. To this union one son and three daughters were born: Carlton, Jr., Vinitta, YoLanda and Deborah. Although the marriage dissolved after 21 years, Barbara and Carlton remined friends and very active in the lives of their growing family.
Throughout her life, Barbara enjoyed reading, painting with watercolors, cooking, shopping and attending family gatherings. For several years, Barbara volunteered as a greeter at the Pentecostal COGIC. Her beauty, class, elegance, and softly toned voice were endearing qualities that Barbara embodied.
Tuesday, November 9, 2021, at 3:00 am, Barbara quietly transitioned from her earthly body to receive her long-awaited reward, following a brief illness.
She leaves to cherish her memory three daughters, Vinitta Hall of Belton, MO, YoLanda Wright and Deborah Wright of Kansas City, MO; four brothers, Keith Sanders, Tyree Craig Sanders (LeeAnn), Darrell Sanders and Anthony “Tony” Sanders of Kansas City, MO; four sisters, Carla Sanders, Mary Walker (Clint) and Elizabeth Ann Sanders of Kansas City, MO and Donna Sanders of Omaha, NE; eight grandchildren, Raven Wright, Lorenzo Wright, Austin Hall, Larry Hall, III, Nia Hall, ShaMarr WrightThompson, A’Nonda Bierria, and Briana Walker; three great-grandchildren, Lo’Ron Wright, A'Sya Hall and Amara Ellison; and a host of nieces, nephews, cousins and friends.