Evelyn J. Barber

Evelyn J. Barber

July 29, 1924 – November 19, 2020


It is with great sadness that the family of Evelyn Barber announces her peaceful passing on Thursday, November 19th at the age of 96.

Evelyn was born on July 29, 1924 in Ames, Iowa to Herbert D. Johnson and Gertrude (Hutchison) Johnson.  She attended school in a one-room schoolhouse in Ontario, Iowa, and graduated from Ames High School in 1941.  Evelyn attended Iowa State University, graduating in 1945 with a Bachelor of Science degree in Institution Management.  On June 12, 1948, Evelyn married Robert H. Barber in Ames, Iowa.  They enjoyed a blessed marriage for 68 years.  Bob and Evelyn raised their two children in several cities including Ames, Iowa, where their children Celeste and Craig were born, Des Moines, Iowa, Omaha, Nebraska, Elmhurst, Illinois and then back to Omaha in 1974.  Evelyn enjoyed a fulfilling career in the business world.  She forged a trail not traveled by many young women of her time and was very proud of her accomplishments.  Evelyn’s business career included marketing positions with Swift and Company as one of the original “Martha Logans”, and The Marketing Group (TMG) as a fabric/fiber consultant for DuPont.  Most recently, Evelyn resided at Heritage Pointe Assisted Living in Omaha, Nebraska.  Evelyn was an active member of the Presbyterian Church of The Cross, P.E.O., Questers and the Ames High School Alumni Association.  She also enjoyed playing bridge and gardening.

She was preceded in death by her parents, Herbert and Gertrude Johnson, and her husband, Robert.  She is survived by her daughter, Celeste (Jerry) Schrock of Omaha, Nebraska; son, Craig (Barb) Barber of Vernon Hills, Illinois; grandchildren: Rob (Caity) Ramey, Chris (Courtney) Ramacciotti, Scott (Jen) Ramey, Brad (Michelle) Barber, and Rob (Missy) Cyranek; great-grandchildren: Collin, Dylan, Greta, Elizabeth, Claire, William, Madison, Taylor and Joey.

She will be greatly missed by her family and loved ones.

A private family service will be held.

Memorials can be made to Open Door Mission or to Presbyterian Church of the Cross (both of Omaha, Nebraska).

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  • Casey Simpson Posted November 22, 2020 7:50 am

    Thoughts and prayers

  • Al and Janet Miller Posted November 22, 2020 9:49 am

    Craig, Celeste and family. We are so sorry to hear of your mom’s passing. She and your dad were special people in our lives and are greatly missed. Our thoughts and prayers are with you.

  • Luella and M erlePuhrman Posted November 24, 2020 5:07 pm


    we were saddened to hear of Evelyn’s death. We knew her through our Forget-me-not Quester group. It was always a treat when she could join us for a meeting. She had a lot to share. We will miss her. You have our sympathies.

  • Jeff and Cindy Olson Posted November 28, 2020 10:47 am

    Cindy and I are so sorry to hear of your mother’s passing. Evelyn was an amazing lady, a thoroughly modern woman ahead of her time … kind and thoughtful with a wonderful extended family that attests to her influence and inspiration.

    I always enjoyed hearing how she and your dad were doing (and later just her) in my weekly calls with my mom, who more often than not had some news to pass along.

    May the many memories (and many years) of happy times with your mother (and dad) be of great comfort to you.

    God bless,
    Jeff and Cindy Olson

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