Marilyn J. Barber

Marilyn J. Barber

November 18, 1939 – December 21, 2020



Marilyn Barber was born November 18, 1939 in Aurora, Nebraska and died December 21, 2020 at Lakeside Hospital. Proceeded in death by mother and father Maurice and Iola Lantzer, sister Carol Dyck. Survived by husband of 59 years, Russell Barber. Her children Sonya, Stan (Theresa), Kent (Tari), Jay (Sara) and Sena. Her ten grandchildren, Taran (Erica), Tember (Avery), Haley (Stephen), Emily, Reid, Andrew, Lily, Ryan, Jaynie, Ezra and great-grandson, Emerson. In addition, her four brothers, Duane, Lee, Deryl and Merle and one sister, Jan.

After graduating from Aurora High School in 1957, she attended Grace University and graduated from Immanuel School of Nursing.  She worked as a surgical RN for Immanuel until her 2nd child was born. She focused on raising her children for several years. She started a position with Northwestern Bell (CenturyLink) in the mid-70s and retired from the company in 1997.

Marilyn married Russell Barber on August 5, 1961 in Aurora, Nebraska. They lived in Omaha, for six years then moved to the home in Ralston, Nebraska. They attended and served in their churches, first Harvey Oaks Baptist and then Westside. Many of their life-long friendships were formed in their church community.

Marilyn was devoted to loving and caring for her husband, children, grandchildren, great-grandchild and many friends. She was a gifted cook and baker, creative seamstress and quilter, and very much enjoyed hosting gatherings in her home. She enjoyed annual autumn vacations in Branson, Missouri and she was an avid Husker football and volleyball fan.

A service for the immediate family will be held on Saturday, December 26th.  To view the memorial service, go to and click “view live service” on the home page at 2:00 p.m or anytime in the following 60 days.

Pallbearers are: Taran Barber, Reid Williams, Andrew Barber, Ryan Williams, and Ezra Barber.

A gathering of extended family and friends will be planned at a later date.

Memorials can be directed to the Gideons International.


  • Shelly (Anderson) Seaton Posted December 23, 2020 6:34 pm

    I’m so sorry for your loss! Marilyn was an amazing hostess! I remember celebrating Christmas with a house full of family. From the minute I married Merle, she was loving, encouraging and supportive. She was loved and definitely will be missed!!!🙏❤️🙏

  • Joan M. Clark Posted December 23, 2020 8:03 pm

    Thoughts and prayers to the whole family. So very sorry, it will leave a hole in your hearts.

  • Kay Ponec Posted December 24, 2020 6:47 am

    Please accept my sympathy in the loss of your Mother.. May she Rest In Peace.

  • Clyde R. Lincoln Posted December 24, 2020 10:24 am

    RUSS and Family, I am so touched to hear of Marilyn death. I will pray for you as you go through this time of loss and mourning, I remember well the beautiful Christmas parties at you home complete with gift bags for everyone present. Marilyn was a blessing to all she know and loved. God be with you.

  • Sue Little Posted December 24, 2020 12:50 pm

    Dearest Russ and family, I was so sad to hear of Marilyn’s passing. She fought so hard to remain here, yet God called her home. Her warmth, kindness and pride in her family stand out to me. 81st won’t be the same. Sending prayers to lift you all up as you grieve this wonderful woman.

  • Marie Beckwith Posted December 26, 2020 9:36 am

    Your mother was lovely… my friend Sonya is a proof of that! Sorry for your loss!

  • Sara Jacobs Posted December 26, 2020 12:01 pm

    Dear Sena and family,

    You are in my thoughts and prayers as you mourn the loss of your beloved mother, grandmother and wife. May the comfort of God be with you all.

  • Lisa Boettcher Posted December 26, 2020 2:33 pm

    Beautiful service thank you sharing. She will be truly missed.

  • Gladys Caskey Posted December 26, 2020 2:37 pm

    A wonderful tribute to a great friend. Thank you for sharing.

  • Deborah L Kitkowski Posted December 26, 2020 7:25 pm

    Russ and family, sorry to hear of Marilyns passing. Her and Russ were in our Sunday school class for a few years now.

  • Sandra Sivadge Richmond Posted December 28, 2020 12:36 pm

    My sympathy to all the Barber family. Marilyn was a wonderful hostess & lived her family. My sons were friends of Sonya, Stan, Kent.from days back at Harvey Oaks church.
    Praying Gods strength & comfort for all the family.

  • Mary McDonald Posted December 29, 2020 4:42 pm

    Oh how we will miss Marilyn. She was a spiritual rock to us in Bible Study Fellowship (where I met her) and in our small group at Westside Church. She loved her family so much and spoke of you fondly so many times. You all are in my thoughts and prayers, especially Russ.

  • Linda (Houck) Wieck Posted December 29, 2020 5:36 pm

    Dear Family,
    Marilyn was one of my dearest friends. We have know each other for 17 years and spent every week together in our Bible study. She was the kindest, most thoughtful, and caring person and I was saddened by her struggle with her illness and ultimately her loss. But I found comfort knowing she was celebrating Christmas in God’s house surrounded by choirs of angels and several of our friends who had gone before us. She will always hold a very fond place in my heart and I pray for God to comfort you as you have to continue forward without her. She was always so excited to talk about all of her family with me and share her photos of special occasions. I even have one of her family cookbooks as a personal keepsake. I loved her and will miss her so much!

  • Shawna Ahmed Posted January 17, 2021 4:53 pm

    I had the pleasure of getting to know Marilyn (and Sena) through BSF. She was such a beautiful lady and a wonderful encouragement. No doubt she is dancing with joy and worshipping in the presence of Jesus! My thoughts and prayers are with all of you as you grieve her loss. I know she is sorely missed. Please know we are praying for your family.

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