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Friday May 10th, 2019
12:00pm - 8:00pm

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Saturday May 11th, 2019
2:00pm - 3:00pm

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Saturday May 11th, 2019

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Saturday May 11th, 2019

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Barbara Walter

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

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Condolences to the family of Barb. I enjoyed seeing her at the Senior Citizens Activity Center over the years I was there. Also watched her walking over the town to help with her diabetes.

Janet Snethen Hogue May 10 2019 12:00 AM

A candle was lit in memory of Barbara Walter

Carol Mickael Swainston May 10 2019 12:00 AM

So very sorry, we send our condolences. Barb was my oldest son's kindergarten teacher and was so kind and caring when he had to have surgery while in her class. She made sure everyone was very helpful when he came back (opening the heavy doors, etc..) She is also a cousin who went with us to Colorado and Florida on a couple of fun trips. Remembering fun times. Sending our love and hugs.

Janet (Barker) & Jim Knedler May 10 2019 12:00 AM

A Medium Dish Garden was sent on May 9, 2019

Our deepest sympathies. Mike and Pamela Reynolds

Expression of Sympathy May 9 2019 12:00 AM