Barbara Ann Walter, daughter of Gerald & Ariel (Green) Keller, was born December 21, 1929 at Clearfield, Iowa. Barb later helped welcome into the family her younger brother, Phillip. Barb grew up on a farm southwest of Diagonal and she graduated from Diagonal High School with the class of 1949.
On July 8, 1956, Barb was united in marriage to Raymond Everett Walter in the First Christian Church in Mount Ayr. To this union were born two sons: Eric Ray & Roger Eugene.
Barb had a love for children and their education. She began her career as a teacher in a country school; taught a few years in Kellerton; and then taught kindergarten at Mount Ayr Elementary School for over 30 years. As she taught, she also continued to learn. Barb earned her Masters in Education from Graceland College in 1971.
Barb loved the beauty of nature. She loved birds, flowers and caring for her yard. Barb collected angels, dolls and butterflies. Barb had a love for the Iowa State Fair. It was a tradition for 60 years. Barb was a dedicated and active member of the First Christian Church, serving in many capacities. She was also a member of the Lions Club and helped with the American Legion Auxiliary. After Raymond passed away, Barb kept busy with her many friends; going to church dinners and socials.
Barb handled her diabetes with grace and perseverance. She never complained and worked hard to control it. Due to her health, Barb became a resident of Clearview Home in Mount Ayr. On May 8, 2019, at the conclusion of hearing scriptures and being prayed over, Barb passed away peacefully, surrounded by her family. She was preceded in death by her parents; husband Ray on October 10, 1995; and brother Phillip Keller and his wife Mary; step-grandson Lucas Sweeney; parents-in-law Everett & Bessie Walter; and brothers-in-law Doyle, Lyle, Jerald, Glen, Richard, and Robert.
Survivors include her sons, Eric (Brenda) Walter of Mount Ayr and Roger (fiancé Debora) Walter of Diagonal; step-grandchildren Kory Andrews, Kelsi (Ryan) Brockelman, Alicia (Ryan) Lens, Tonya (Jon) Waters and step-great grandchildren Makayla & Landen Brockelman, Austin Sweeney, Bryson Lens, Hallie Keeler, Corbin & Colson Waters; sisters-in-law Beulah Walter and Edna Jones; nieces, nephews, cousins, other relatives and friends.
Memorials are to the First Church Church and the Mount Ayr Public Library
Open Visitation: 12:00 pm - 8:00 pm, Friday, May 10 at Armstrong Funeral Home – Mount Ayr
Visitation With Family Present: 1 Hour Before Service 2:00-3:00 pm Sat at First Christian Church
Services: 3:00 p.m. – Saturday, May 11, 2019 at First Christian Church
Burial: Rose Hill Cemetery – Mount Ayr, Iowa