Barb McMinimy graduated from Kansas State University with a bachelor’s degree in music education and a master’s degree in school administration and elementary education. After working in school administration for several years in the Kansas City area, she moved to southwestern Kanas with her husband and obtained a designation as a Senior Residential Appraiser (SRA). She had her own real estate appraisal business when the five Russian ladies arrived in Garden City, Kansas, in 1990. She served on several city advisory committees and volunteered for local non-profits, such as the Sister Cities Committee; and she and her husband enjoyed hosting many international visitors. They traveled to Moscow in the summers of 1992 and 1995 to visit Vera and several Russian officials from the Moscow region who had been guests in their home. She retired in 2005 and is living in Eugene, Oregon, with her husband Milton (Mac) and their Cocker Spaniel, Sita.
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