Barbara Mewhirter

Barbara Lou Mewhirter

Sunday, February 11th, 1934 - Sunday, August 18th, 2019
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Obituary

Barbara Lou Mewhirter, 85, of Atlantic, Iowa, died Sunday, August 18, 2019, at Allen Place in Atlantic.

Barbara was born February 11, 1934 south of Elliott, Iowa to Gerald Ivan and Lula "Lou" Mae (Edwards) Milner. She graduated from Elliott High School in 1951 and attended the Commercial Extension Business School in Omaha, Nebraska.

On August 10, 1952, Barbara was united in marriage to Joe B. Mewhirter at the Elliott Church of Christ. Thereafter, Barbara resided in Elliott while Joe served his country in the Korean War as a United States Marine Corps Sergeant. Upon his honorable discharge, they lived in California before settling in Maryville, Missouri in 1956 to start their family while Joe attended NWMSU.

Atlantic became their home of 59 years as Joe began his contracting career in 1960 with Barbara by his side juggling her many talents as housewife, mother, grandmother, bookkeeper and Joe's favorite dance partner. As they retired from the family business in 2005, Barbara continued to manage rental properties, the family farm and "Joe".

Barbara was a member of the Elliott Church of Christ and attended the First United Methodist Church in Atlantic. She was active in the Nishna Valley Shrine Auxiliary and a member of the Atlantic Golf and Country Club. Barbara's family and grandchildren were her pride and joy, her fondest blessings. She was "Grandma" to many. Living on the ranch brought many years of togetherness hosting family gatherings and endless holidays with relatives and friends near and far. Barbara's favorite pastimes were following her grandchildren's activities and their life journey through the years, shopping with her daughter and enjoying a glass of Chardonnay cheering on the Dallas Cowboys and Iowa Hawkeyes with her son.

Barbara is survived by her husband, Joe B., of 67 years; daughter, Cheryl Barry of Atlantic; son, Jeffrey (Deanna) Mewhirter of Northlake, TX; grandchildren, Taylor Barry of Urbandale, IA, Nick Barry of Los Angeles, CA, Ashley (Cody) Davis of Haslet, TX, Amy Deboard of Fort Worth, TX; great-grandson Dylan Davis; sisters-in-law, Sharlene Milner of Montrose, CO, Betty Mewhirter of West Des Moines, IA; brothers-in-law, Jack Mewhirter of Madeira Beach, FL, Jim (Martha) Mewhirter of Vancouver, WA; nieces, Kim (George) Wagoner of Atlantic, Darcy Garrison of Montrose, CO; great-nieces, Melanie Stoural, Stefanie (Matt) Gross, Natalie (Steven) Kay, Rachelle Wagoner, Halli Smith, Nevada Casias, Cutter Garrison, Cade Garrison; many special cousins, extended family and friends.

Barbara is preceded in death by her parents; brothers, Robert Leroy Milner in infancy, Gerald (Jerry) Ivan Milner, Jr.; brother-in-law, Tom Mewhirter; nephew, Spencer Milner.

Open visitation will begin at 10:00 a.m., Thursday, August 22, 2019, at Roland Funeral Home in Atlantic, followed by visitation with the family present from 5:00 p.m. – 7:00 p.m.

Funeral services will be held at 11:00 a.m., Friday, August 23, 2019, at the First United Methodist Church in Atlantic.

Memorials may be directed to the family for designation at a later date.

Roland Funeral Service is caring for Barbara’s family and her arrangements. Condolences may be left at www.rolandfuneralservice.com.


IN LOVING MEMORY OF
Barbara Lou Mewhirter

Entered Into Rest
Sunday, August 18, 2019
At the age of 85 years, 6 months, 7 days

Funeral Service
11:00 a.m.
Friday, August 23, 2019
First United Methodist Church
Atlantic, Iowa

Officiating
Pastor Garry DeGeest

Organist
Carolyn DeLay

Musical Selections
“How Great Thou Art”
“Amazing Grace”
“The Lord’s Prayer”
by Amy Mardesen

Bearers
Taylor Barry
Nick Barry
Jim Mewhirter
Greg Mewhirter
Brent Milner
George Wagoner

Honorary Bearers
Dick Milner
Gord Milner
Jack Mewhirter

Luncheon
Barbara’s family invites friends to join them for lunch
in the fellowship hall immediately following the service
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Service Details

  • Visitation

    Thursday, August 22nd, 2019 | 5:00pm - 7:00pm
    When
    Thursday, August 22nd, 2019 5:00pm - 7:00pm
    Location
    Roland Funeral Service
    Address
    204 E. 5th St.
    ATLANTIC, IA 50022
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    Open visitation will begin at 10:00 a.m., Thursday, August 22, 2019, at Roland Funeral Home in Atlantic, followed by visitation with the family present from 5:00 p.m. – 7:00 p.m.
  • Service

    Friday, August 23rd, 2019 | 11:00am
    When
    Friday, August 23rd, 2019 11:00am
    Location
    Atlantic First United Methodist Church
    Address
    800 Poplar Street
    ATLANTIC, IA 50022
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    Funeral services will be held at 11:00 a.m., Friday, August 23, 2019, at the First United Methodist Church in Atlantic.
    Officiant
    Pastor Garry DeGeest
  • Reception

    Location
    Atlantic First United Methodist Church
    Address
    800 Poplar Street
    ATLANTIC, IA 50022
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Duane and Shirley Acker

Posted at 11:47am
To Joe - We send our sympathy in the loss of your wife. Though we did not have the privilege of knowing her, we fully realize the difficulty of loss after many years together. Joe, we wish you well in the many years ahead.

Duane and Shirley Acker
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Sarah, Laura, Tammi, Kathy, Steve, and Kuker

Posted at 10:22am
We are so sorry for your loss. Know our love and support are with you and your family.
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