Barbara L. Elliott

  • Born: July 1, 1923
  • Died: January 5, 2016
  • Location: Iowa City, Iowa, Iowa

Gay & Ciha Funeral and Cremation Service

2720 Muscatine Avenue
Iowa City, IA 52240
Tel. (319) 338-1132

Tribute & Message From The Family

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 a member of Kappa Alpha Theta sorority and 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, "Barbara's volunteer time is spent helping others less fortunate."

Barbara is survived by her husband Bump, 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 Jeffrey (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 Melrose 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 for her family through the funeral home website @


Condolence & Memory Journal

Sorry we are so late with this but we just got the news down here in Kansas. Jan & I have so many fond memories of Barb and Bump when we were at Iowa and I was an assistant coach there. Barb and Bump always had the staff over to there place once a year and Barb always made us feel so welcome. She was a most gracious lady and will be missed. Jan commented to me last night that Barb was by far the best when it came to athletic directors' wives. I would agree! Our thoughts and prayers are with your family!

Posted by Del & Jan Miller - Manhattan, KS - Coworker   January 31, 2016

I am late in writing you all. I am a Theta and knew Barb from attendance at Theta alum events. I often saw her at basket ball games in years past also. I am sorry she is gone. She was such a lovely woman and so pretty. She was fun to know and such an active and wonderful woman. My condolences to you all. Margery Stell

Posted by margery stll - iowa city, IA - Friend   January 28, 2016

Dear Bump and family,
I was so very sorry to see in the paper that Barbara had died. I knew her from football and the Lettermen's gatherings for almost 60 years.. She was such a lovely woman - always pleasant and friendly.
With sympathy, prayers, and love, Jean Deasy

Posted by Jean Deasy - Cedar Rapids, IA   January 15, 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.

Posted by Nannette Henry Combs - Northbrook, IL   January 13, 2016

We were so sad to hear of Barb's passing. She was a wonderful woman.
We send our prayers your way.

Posted by Bob and Candy Bowlsby - Dallas, TX   January 13, 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!!

Posted by Melody STrom - North Liberty, IA   January 08, 2016

It was always such a joy to have Bump and. Barbara stop and visit me on
the way in to do their banking.You have my sympathy in your loss.
Bob and Edyie Stika
The Knitting Shoppe
2141 Muscatine Avenue
Iowa City

Posted by Bob Stika - Iowa City, IA - Friend at First National Bank   January 08, 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.

Posted by Colene Kirchner-Bolt - Kalamazoo, MI   January 08, 2016

Please let me offer my condolences on the passing of your wonderful wife. I will always remember Barb as an elegant and kind lady. My thoughts and prayers are with you and your family.

Posted by Frank Maloney    January 08, 2016

On behalf of the women of Iowa City-Cedar Rapids Alumnae Chapter of Kappa Alpha Theta, we wish to extend our sincerest condolences to Bump and the rest of Barbara's family. May the Twin Stars shine bright in all of our hearts because she was part of our lives.

Nikki Selander Heyd
President, Iowa City-Cedar Rapids Alumnae Chapter
Kappa Alpha Theta

Posted by Iowa City-Cedar Rapids Kappa Alpha Theta Alumnae Chapter - Iowa City, IA - Sorority Sister   January 08, 2016

Hi Elliotts:

Our thoughts and prayers are with all of you.

The Posey Family

Posted by A friend   January 08, 2016

Bump and the Elliott family,

So sorry to hear of the loss of Barbara. She had such a long, productive, wonderful life. Hopefully the thoughts and prayers of your many friends and colleagues will give you strength at this difficult time. We're thinking of all of you!

Posted by Dr. Dave and Gerry Johnston - Solon, IA - Friends   January 07, 2016

I met Barb when I was the librarian at Hills Elementary. She was one of our Rocking Readers. She was so kind to the children who were matched with her. She and Bump came every week unless they were on the road. When in the road they would send postcards to the students. ❤ I am thankful that I was able to know her.

Our families' paths cross again at Hoover Elementary. Joey taught our daughter Erin and I taught her children Spanish.
My heart goes out to your entire family. The entire Iowa City community knows what a great woman you have lost.

Posted by Susie Corbin-Muir - Iowa City, IA - Friend   January 07, 2016

Barb was a lovely, lovely person just brimming with grace! She was a wonderful ambassador for the University of Iowa as a partner to Bump in hosting gatherings of athletic department personnel. She will be missed!!!!! We are in Chicago babysitting and other wise would not miss her services! Sending love, leora and Steve Houghton

Posted by Leora Houghton - Iowa City, IA - Friend   January 07, 2016

Barbara and I served on the Hillcrest board together, many years ago. She was so articulate, wise, and caring in all our interactions. It was my privilege to know her. Such a loss to the community, in addition to her family's loss. My thoughts are with you all.

Posted by Sue Olson - Cedar Rapids, IA   January 07, 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!

Posted by Dick Eisenlauer    January 07, 2016

My favorite memory was at a dinner at Bump and Barb's house in the 1970's. She reminded me then and did all through my adult life as the ideal Mom. I never told her that. I was just happy to have two Moms in my personal memories.

Posted by Dan Foster - Iowa City, IA - Friend   January 07, 2016

Mary and I are thinking of you all in this time of sorrow. God Bless!

Steve and Mary Penney

Posted by Stephen Penney - Cedar Rapids, IA   January 07, 2016

Words can not express our deep sadness on the passing of Barb. Please know we are thinking of the entire Elliott family at this time. We wish we could be with you in person but unfortunately we are not in Iowa City at this time.

Posted by Dan and Kathy Gable - Iowa City, IA - Friend   January 07, 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.

Posted by Katie (Nickels) Kirchner - family friend   January 07, 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.

Posted by Eugene Folden - Columbus, OH   January 07, 2016

Bump, Bill, Bob and Betsy- Please accept my deepest sympathies on your loss. You have a great family and I'm sure Barb was the guiding force in making that happen. May she rest in peace.

Posted by Bill Blanchard - Iowa City, IA - Friend   January 06, 2016

Elliott family: We are so sorry for your loss. You are in our thoughts and hearts.

Posted by Tom & Cindy Doan - Georgetown, TX - Friends of Betsy & John   January 06, 2016

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