Barbra Sue Anderson
Barbra Sue Anderson, 46, of Clive passed peacefully Friday morning, August 2 at the Taylor House Hospice. She was born in Harrisburg, Pennsylvania to Ruth Anderson (Penn) and Carl Anderson. She spent her early childhood in Pennsylvania and Kansas before moving to Ames, Iowa in 1973. Barb graduated from Gilbert High school in 1985 and attended Central College in Pella where she played on a national championship softball team and graduated in 1989. She worked for a number of firms in the Des Moines area as a computer programmer and Information Technology Specialist, most recently as a business analyst at Farmers Mutual Hail.
Barb never let her nearly 14-year fight against breast cancer sour her mischievous sense of humor. She referred to her treatments as "gifts that keep on giving", joked with her doctors and updated friends with emails that induced laughter through the tears.
Barb was passionate for softball, fantasy football and the Pittsburgh Steelers. She was known for her knowledge of sports trivia. She remained a kid at heart, decorating to the extreme for Halloween and Christmas and knew all the classic holiday animated specials by heart. She loved to spend time with and spoil her two nieces and one nephew, and she cared deeply for her furry family, dog Scooby and cats, Star and TD.
Barb is survived by her father, Carl Anderson and her step-mother, Virginia Anderson of Ames, a sister, Deb Swanson (Keith) of Gilbert, a brother, Dave Anderson, two nieces, Kendra and Joelle Swanson; One nephew, T.J Swanson all of Gilbert IA; three step sisters, Sue Stokke, Sherri Paul (Steve) and Sandi DuChene, and a step brother, Steve Stokke, all of Ames. She was preceded in death by her mother, Ruth Penn Anderson.
Barb was known by her family and friends for her smile, her laughter, and her joy of living. She (and her sly pranks) will be missed by her many friends, co-workers and family.
Visitation is planned for 3 to 7 p.m with a short service at 7 p.m. on Wednesday, August 7 at the Caldwell-Raddatz Funeral Home, 8201 Hickman Road in Urbandale. Memorials may be sent to the funeral home and will be given to breast cancer research and Central College. Condolences and photos may be shared at www.caldwellraddatz.com
Published in Des Moines Register from Aug. 4 to Aug. 8, 2013