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Phyllis L. Barber


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Phyllis L. Barber

Our beautiful wife and mother, Phyllis Lorraine Barber, passed away on Saturday, January 28, 2017 at the age of 92. Memorial services will be at 2:00 PM Thursday, February 2, 2017 at George Boom Funeral Home Chapel, Sioux Falls with interment at Hills of Rest Cemetery, Sioux Falls. The family will be present at the funeral home to greet friend two hours prior to the ceremony.

Phyllis was born September 11, 1924 at Emery, SD. As a young lady she moved with her family to Sioux Falls where she grew up and graduated from Washington High School and Augustana College.

She married John F. "Fletch" Cowley on March 21, 1950 in Sioux Falls. Fletch preceded her in death in January of 1973. She later married Albert P. Barber on March 14, 1975 in Brandon, SD. Phyllis worked in the payroll department at John Morrell & Company for many years. She was a longtime member of Our Savior's Lutheran Church.

Phyllis was a very talented musician who wrote some of her own music. She loved crafts, flowers, gardening, rocks, and especially long drives in the country with her best friend, Albert.

Survivors include her husband, Albert P. Barber, Sioux Falls; her daughter, Lori (Robert) Karsten, Sioux Falls, SD; step daughter, Pat Barber, Huntsville, AL; granddaughter, Katie Cowley, Las Vegas, NV; daughter in law, Susan Cowley-Stocks (Dan Stocks), Ronan, MT; and our loving family at Good Samaritan Luther Manor.

In addition to her parents and husband, Fletch, she was preceded in death by a son, David J. Cowley in 2004; a stepson, Gary A. Barber in 2016; and a brother, Forrest Dannenbring.

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Published in The Argus Leader on Jan. 31, 2017
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