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Barbara (Barker) Canny

Barbara Kay Canny (née Barker) passed away in Des Moines, Iowa, on April 7, 2022.

Barbara was born December 31, 1941, on a cold New Year's night in Mount Ayr, Iowa, to LaViece and Clarence Barker. She grew up on the Barker farm in Benton, the oldest of six, and excelled in school, home economics, and 4H. She graduated from Mount Ayr High School in 1960, then went to Morningside College in Sioux City and then the University of Iowa, to get an advanced degree in social work.

Barbara met her (late) husband Garold Canny on a blind date, through a mutual acquaintance. They married on August 13, 1966, and had a son Brian in 1973. She worked as a social worker throughout Iowa, settling in Cedar Rapids, Iowa, and the family moved to Montgomery, Texas, in the mid-80s, where they lived for nearly 30 years. In Texas, Barbara enjoyed the warm winters and volunteered at a suicide-prevention hotline.

Barbara enjoyed reading and was prolific in making lists of books to read and movies to watch. She admittedly watched too much TV but gravitated to more "elevated" programs, favoring PBS programs such as Doc Martin, Downton Abbey, and Victoria. She was a lifelong Anglophile and spoke fondly of her trip to England and Ireland and kissing the Blarney Stone. Barbara and Garold also traveled across the US early in their marriage, spending many summers driving up and down the East and West Coasts to visit extended family while stopping at any spot with a historical marker or tchotchkes for sale.

Barbara is survived by her sisters Karyn Stone, Lana (Dick) Gibson, Rita (Larry) Hunter, and her brothers David (Carol) Barker and Danny (Jeannie) Barker, and her son Brian (Jennifer) Canny. She also has many cousins, nieces, and nephews who adored and admired her.

Donations in her honor can be made to the Food Bank of Iowa (http://give.foodbankiowa.org/), the Animal Alliance Rescue of Mount Ayr (515-520-7748), or any PBS station.

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A candle was lit in memory of Barbara Canny

Johnny Goyen Apr 24 2022 12:33 AM

A candle was lit in memory of Barbara Canny

Gary Jordan Apr 24 2022 12:31 AM

A candle was lit in memory of Barbara Canny

Marlys and Chuck Apr 22 2022 6:22 PM

Back in 1988, Barbara, husband Garold & son Brian were friends & neighbors of mine. We lived across the street from each other overlooking a beautiful lake in Texas. Barbara was always a good friend to me. She loved to visit & communicate. Barbara had a great gift of being able to speak on many topics. All of us spent some wonderful times together that will always remain very special. I still treasure them all. Barbara & Garold were the most kind & gentle friends I have ever known. Their son Brian & his wife Jennifer remain close friends of mine after all these years. Just amazing! Like all of Barbara's friends & relatives, I will miss her very much. The video on this site including photos of Barbara, Garold, & Brian were very touching. My best to all who will miss Barbara as I will.

Johnny Goyen Apr 21 2022 10:29 PM

I am so sorry for your loss. Our families were very close growing up nd I have many fond memories. Sending love and Prayers.

Linda Wallace Madison Apr 19 2022 12:20 PM

So very sorry to hear about Barbara's passing. Growing up, we had the six Barker cousins near us and Barbara was the oldest , so talented and smart. Will miss her at our family reunions, most definitely.. Prayers to Brian and the Barker brothers and sisters.

Janet and Jim Apr 16 2022 2:33 PM

A candle was lit in memory of Barbara Canny

Joan Jackson Apr 14 2022 6:47 PM

A candle was lit in memory of Barbara Canny

Bill and Norma Stringham Apr 13 2022 8:37 PM

So sorry to hear of Barbara's death. Lots of memories with the Barker family. Our family lived just down the road and I remember sitting in her bedroom making paper flowers with her.

Sharon Lesan Apr 12 2022 3:40 PM

I remember Barbara as being such a sweet person. May she reap the rewards for living a good life.

Ronald Defenbaugh Apr 11 2022 2:11 PM

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