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Jeanette "Murf" Barber

Tuesday, October 28, 2008
4:00 PM until 8:00 PM
Martin-Mattice Funeral Home
Ruthven, IA

Wednesday, October 29, 2008
10:30 AM
Sacred Heart Catholic Church
Ruthven, IA

In Loving Memory of
Jeanette “Murf” Barber
September 14, 1926 ~ October 26, 2008

Sacred Heart Catholic Church
Ruthven, Iowa
Wednesday, October 29, 2008, 10:30 A.M.

Rev. Peter Nguyen
Rev. Tom Geelan

Calvary Cemetery
Ruthven, Iowa

Helen Jeanette (Murphy) Barber, called “Murf” by her friends, the daughter of Morton and Emma (Soens) Murphy, was born September 14, 1926 in Emmetsburg, Iowa. She grew up in Emmetsburg and graduated from Catholic High School in 1944. During World War II Jeanette worked at Boeing in Omaha. On June 14, 1950 she married Thomas Richard Barber of West Bend, Iowa. They made their first home in Iowa City while Rich attended the University of Iowa.

In 1952 Rich and Jeanette moved to Ruthven where they raised seven children and were active members of the community for over fifty years. Jeanette was a wonderful wife and a loving mother. She also was a supportive mother-in-law and an involved grandmother. Her family benefited from her love, humor and her talents for cooking and sewing. For over forty years she tirelessly supported the Ruthven Rams; the teams that her children played on and her husband coached.

Jeanette was an active member of Sacred Heart Catholic Church in Ruthven teaching Religious Education and participating in all women’s functions.

She enjoyed golfing, playing cards with friends, ballroom dancing with Rich, cooking and sewing, a chat over a cup of coffee with a friend; and especially a day at the casino with her sisters.

Jeanette passed away on Sunday, October 26, 2008, at Spencer Hospital, at the age of 82 from effects caused by a stroke in 2005.

Jeanette was preceded in death by her parents, Morton and Emma Murphy; and her father-in-law and mother-in-law, Raymond and Lulu Barber; her sister, Louise Appelquist; and her brother, Francis.

Jeanette is survived by her husband, Rich of Ruthven; her daughter, Pat Custer and her husband, John of Indianapolis, IN; son, Tom Barber and his wife, Kathy of Aberdeen, SD; daughter, Marcia Hackett and her husband, Tom of Fort Worth, TX; son, Mike Barber and his wife, Angela of Argyle, TX; son, Duane Barber and his wife Robin, of Spencer, IA; son, Roger Barber and his wife, Sara of Chicago, IL; and daughter, Sara Jakuc and her husband, Steve of Denver, CO; grandchildren, Loren Barber; Kelly Hackett; Elizabeth Custer; Corinne Anderson and her husband, Seth; Kerry Hackett; Michael Hackett; Anne Barber; Katherine Custer; Brianne Barber; Jane Barber; Tom Barber; Fort Massay Barber; Emma Barber; and one great-granddaughter, Margaret Anderson; brothers, Morton “Turk” Murphy and his wife, Alys of Madison, WI, Jack Murphy and his wife, Ann of San Diego, CA; sisters, Cecilia Girres of North Richland Hills, TX and Carol Schuller and her husband, Mark of Mallard, IA; many nieces and nephews; as well as other relatives and friends.

Arrangements by Martin-Mattice Funeral Home

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