Barbara Lee Elliott
1923 - 2016
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Barbara Lee Elliott, 92

Barbara Lee Elliott, loving wife, mother, grandmother and great grandmother, died peacefully surrounded by her family on Tuesday, January 5, 2016 in Iowa City. She was born July 1, 1923 in Monticello, Illinois to the late Jonah and Mabel Conard.

Barbara grew up in the middle of a large and active farm family in Central Illinois during the Depression. Her parents sacrificed so that every one of their children went to college. Barbara attended Purdue University, where she was elected Freshmen Queen and met the love of her life, "Bump" Elliott. She graduated in 1946 with a degree with Home Economics. Barbara and Bump were married April 30, 1949 and they enjoyed 66 wonderful years together.

Above everything, Barbara kept a loving home for her husband and family. The consummate "coaches wife", she endured the defeats and celebrated the victories and always had a big pot of chili waiting after every game. She was proud, intensely private, loyal and very tough.

She was active in the Iowa City community, serving St. Andrews Presbyterian Church in many capacities, was co-chair (with Bump) of the Iowa City Library Renovation Fundraising Committee, a long-time reader in the "Rockin' Reader" volunteer program, a member of the Hillcrest Family Services Board of Trustees among many other callings. A friend once said that "Barbara's volunteer time is spent helping others less fortunate."

Barbara is survived by her husband Chalmers, her sister Carol Hake, brother William Conard (Marilyn), sister-in-law Maerene Conard, sons William (Janice) and Robert (Karen Jo), daughter Elizabeth Stough (John), grandchildren Jeffery (Sarah), John (Stephanie), Grant, Jessica (Kyle), Madeline, Michael (Kady) and Sam and her magnificent great grandchildren Levi, Mara, Daphne, Robin, Ruth, Lillian, Dexter and Corinne.

The family would like to thank the wonderful nurses, staff and friends at the Oaknoll Retirement Community.

A memorial service will be held Saturday morning, January 9 at St. Andrew Presbyterian Church, 1300 Millrose Avenue at 10:30 am. The family will receive visitors at the Gay & Ciha Funeral Service at 2720 Muscatine Avenue from 3:00 pm to 6:00 pm Friday, January 8. In lieu of flowers, memorial gifts may be made to the St. Andrew Presbyterian capital building fund campaign. Online condolences may be sent through the funeral home website @

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Published in the Iowa City Press-Citizen on Jan. 7, 2016.
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January 7, 2016
Mr. E, Bill, Bob & Betsy My deepest sympathy to the entire Elliot Family; I have many fond memoires of her from my time in Iowa City! Know you're all in my thoughts and prayers!
Dick Eisenlauer
January 7, 2016
Mary and I are thinking of you all in this time of sorrow. God Bless! Steve and Mary Penney
Stephen Penney
January 6, 2016
Elliott family: We are so sorry for your loss. You are in our thoughts and hearts.
Tom & Cindy Doan
Friends Of Betsy & John
January 7, 2016
Bill, Jan, and all the Elliott family, we are so sorry to hear about Barbara's death. Bob and I hope your many good memories of her, and our heartfelt concern and prayers, will comfort you today and in the days ahead.
Eugene Folden
January 7, 2016
I have very fond memories of dear "Mrs. E", and I know she will be greatly missed by her wonderful family and great friends. All my love to a very special family.
Katie (Nickels) Kirchner
Family Friend
January 13, 2016
Mr. Elliott & family,
I was so sad to hear that Mrs. Elliott had passed away. I have so many wonderful memories of the two of you, especially at Hawkeye basketball games. She was a very special lady, & she will be missed. My brother Mike (Tree) & I will keep your family in our thoughts & prayers.
Nannette Henry Combs
January 13, 2016
We were so sad to hear of Barb's passing. She was a wonderful woman.
We send our prayers your way.
Bob and Candy Bowlsby
January 8, 2016
Our thoughts and prayers are with the Elliott family. Barb was the GREATEST A.D.'s wife to help keep the coach's wives socialized, throughout all athletic sports! Loved coming to her house; met many friends through those times because of her thoughtfulness. She will be missed very much! God has gained another angel!!
Melody STrom
January 8, 2016
Thoughts and prayers to Barbara's family. She was a beautiful light in this world. May sweet memories help the difficult moments of loss pass swiftly.
Colene Kirchner-Bolt
January 8, 2016
Hi Elliotts:

Our thoughts and prayers are with all of you.

The Posey Family
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