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Barbara Bower

By Ellis Codjoe, October 04, 2018

Barbara Ann Bower, 76, of Ottumwa, died at 2:30 p.m. October 3, 2018 at Parkview Care Center in Fairfield where she had received excellent care for the past 5 years.

She was born September 4, 1942 in Ottumwa to Rev. Milton and Margaret Haney Forbes.  Barbara married James D. Bower on October 31, 1973.

Growing up, she attended school in Eldon.  Along with other jobs, she worked as a lab technician for Mississippi Valley Blood Bank.

She was a member of Westminster Presbyterian Church.

Barbara is survived by her husband, Jim; her daughters, Tammy (Ray) Raman of Ottumwa and Tina Jones of Phoenix, AZ; 3 step-children, Greg (Valarie) Bower of Des Moines, Eddie (Sheila) Bower of Richland and Jill (John) Hedkte, New Germany, MN; 11 grandchildren; 3 great-grandchildren; her sister Gloria Forbes of Ottumwa; and uncle, Don Haney of Arizona.

She was preceded in death by her parents and infant nephew, Tommy.

Visitation begins at 8 a.m. Saturday at Reece Funeral Home with the family present from 10 a.m. to noon Saturday.  Cremation will follow the visitation.  Private inurnment will be in Shaul Cemetery at a later date.

Memorials may be made to the Alzheimer’s Association.

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