Barbara Jean Marvelli

Barbara Jean Marvelli


Barbara Jean Marvelli of Knoxville passed away on Saturday January 21, 2012, at the Hospice Comfort House in Pella. She was born to Coy and Barbara Grace (Wilson) Glover.

Barbara's profession was a hotel manager for over 10 years in the Knoxville community. She was a lifelong member of the Church of God and entertained many denominations of churches with her singing; she enjoyed antiques, was an avid collector and frequently published poems in the Knoxville Journal. Barbara was a very giving person. She adopted and cleaned on her daily walk two miles of "Old Highway 92"; she was always fashionable, forever young at heart and with an eternal smile.

Barbara is survived by her children Rick Marvelli of Knoxville, Freddie Gene (Ann) Marvelli of Norwalk, Lisa Kay (Stephen) Welch of Clive, Rockie Lee Marvelli and Gina Marie Robinson both of Knoxville; ten grandchildren Levi, Adeline, Aimme, Travis, Logan, Kiley, Cassidy, Cody, Jordyn, and Brandon; and one great grandchild Abrielle. Barbara is also survived by her sister Beatrice Kay (Fred) Mick of Pella.

She is preceded in death by her parents Coy and Barbara Grace; her sister Betty Burns and her brother J.C. Glover. Barbara is also preceded by her granddaughter Leah Grace

A funeral service will be held at 10:30 a.m.. Wednesday, January 25, 2012 at the First United Methodist Church in Knoxville with Rev. Raymond Bettis and Rev. Lane Riggle officiating. A private family burial will follow the luncheon at Greenwood Cemetery also of Knoxville.

Visitation for Barb will be held from 2 to 8 p.m., Tuesday at the Winfield Funeral Home in Knoxville. Barb's family will be present from 6 to 8 p.m. Tuesday evening.

In lieu of flowers memorials may be given to the Knoxville Church of God. Condolences may be sent to

Published in Des Moines Register on Jan. 24, 2012