Barbara Philbrook, 90, Webster City
Barbara Philbrook, 90, of Webster City, died Sunday, December 3, 2017, at Southfield Wellness Community. Funeral services will be held Friday, December 8, 2017, at 10:30 a.m. at Asbury United Methodist Church with Pastor Jeff Flagg officiating. Burial will follow the services at Graceland Cemetery. Visitation will be held on Thursday, December 7, 2017, from 5:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m. at Foster Funeral and Cremation Center.
Barbara Jean Crane was born on a farm at Kensett, IA to Robert Sherman and Jennie Beukelman Crane. She attended country schools at Goldfield and Woolstock and graduated from Dows in 1945.
On January 4, 1947, Barbara married Arthur Philbrook at the Little Brown Church in Nashua. They had nearly 68 years together. She is survived by son, Mark (Laura) Philbrook of Littleton, CO; daughters, Rebecca (Dennis) McCollough of Luzerne, IA and Virginia (Eric) Eade of Holmen, WI; sister, Alice Havlik of Fort Dodge, IA; brother, Richard Crane of Nevada, IA; three grandsons; six granddaughters and four great-grandchildren.
She was preceded in death by her parents; her husband; son, Steven; brother, Robert; sisters, Mary Pierce and Doris Anderson.
Barbara was a member of Asbury United Methodist Church where she taught Sunday School and Bible School and was an active member of the Martha Committee. She was a Cub Scout den mother for six years and a Girl Scout leader for ten years.
Barbara was a life member of the Van Diest Medical Center Auxiliary, American Legion Auxiliary, D.A.V. Auxiliary, Co-Chairman with Art of the Company E 133rd Infantry 34th Division Reunion Association, the Mid Iowa Chapter and National Chapter of American Ex- Prisoners of War.
Barbara was a dedicated homemaker who was noted for her baking, especially her cookies and cakes. Art and Barb were a gardening and canning team, proudly sharing their tomatoes and pickles with family members and neighbors. Barbara lovingly cared for Art, especially the years before his death in 2014, and her children went to bed every night knowing they were deeply loved.
Memorials may be directed to the Asbury United Methodist Church Memorial Fund.
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