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“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...Read More »
1 of 23 | Posted by: Del & Jan Miller - Manhattan, KS

“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...Read More »
2 of 23 | Posted by: margery stll - iowa city, IA

“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...Read More »
3 of 23 | Posted by: Jean Deasy - Cedar Rapids, IA

“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...Read More »
4 of 23 | Posted by: Nannette Henry Combs - Northbrook, IL

“We were so sad to hear of Barb's passing. She was a wonderful woman.We send our prayers your way. ”
5 of 23 | Posted by: Bob and Candy Bowlsby - Dallas, TX

“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...Read More »
6 of 23 | Posted by: Melody STrom - North Liberty, IA

“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...Read More »
7 of 23 | Posted by: Bob Stika - Iowa City, IA

“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. ”
8 of 23 | Posted by: Colene Kirchner-Bolt - Kalamazoo, MI

“Bump, 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...Read More »
9 of 23 | Posted by: Frank Maloney

“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...Read More »
10 of 23 | Posted by: Iowa City-Cedar Rapids Kappa Alpha Theta Alumnae Chapter - IA

“Hi Elliotts:Our thoughts and prayers are with all of you.The Posey Family ”
11 of 23 | Posted by: A friend

“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...Read More »
12 of 23 | Posted by: Dr. Dave and Gerry Johnston - IA

“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...Read More »
13 of 23 | Posted by: Susie Corbin-Muir - Iowa City, IA

“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...Read More »
14 of 23 | Posted by: Leora Houghton - Iowa City, IA

“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...Read More »
15 of 23 | Posted by: Sue Olson - Cedar Rapids, IA

“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...Read More »
16 of 23 | Posted by: Dick Eisenlauer

“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. ...Read More »
17 of 23 | Posted by: Dan Foster - Iowa City, IA

“Mary and I are thinking of you all in this time of sorrow. God Bless! Steve and Mary Penney ”
18 of 23 | Posted by: Stephen Penney - Cedar Rapids, IA

“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...Read More »
19 of 23 | Posted by: Dan and Kathy Gable - Iowa City, IA

“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...Read More »
20 of 23 | Posted by: Katie (Nickels) Kirchner

“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...Read More »
21 of 23 | Posted by: Eugene Folden - Columbus, OH

“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...Read More »
22 of 23 | Posted by: Bill Blanchard - Iowa City, IA

“Elliott family: We are so sorry for your loss. You are in our thoughts and hearts. ”
23 of 23 | Posted by: Tom & Cindy Doan - Georgetown, TX


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 @ www.gayandciha.com.