Barbara Howell Obituary

Barbara  Jean Howell
Barbara Jean Howell
Barbara Jean Howell

October 26, 1933 - August 5, 2014
Born in Des Moines, IA
Resided in Van Meter, IA
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Barbara Jean Howell, 80, died Tuesday August 5, 2014 at Taylor House Hospice in Des Moines. A graveside service will be 11:00 am, Friday, August 8, 2014 at Glendale Cemetery.

Jean was born October 26, 1933 in Des Moines to Ralph and Maggie (Thorn) Leonard. She worked as a manager for Walgreens until her retirement. Jean liked to travel, make quilts, solve crossword puzzles and play video poker.

Survivors include her children: Rick (Annette) Lane of Puerto Rico, Diane Baldwin of Van Meter, James Lane of Van Meter; step children: Charlene (Ron) Oldt of West Des Moines, Gregg (Shirley) Howell of Des Moines, Steve (Donna) Howell of Michigan; nine grandchildren; four step-grandchildren; 15 great grandchildren; four step-great grandchildren; one sister and one brother. Jean was preceded in death by her husband, Russell Howell, four brothers and four sisters.

The family will receive friends from 5-7:00 pm, Thursday at Iles Westover Chapel. Memorial contributions may be made to Trinity Evangelical Lutheran Church in Van Meter. On-line condolences are welcome at

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Westover Funeral Home
6337 Hickman Road
Des Moines, IA US 50322
Thursday, August 7, 2014
5:00 PM - 7:00 PM
Graveside Service
Glendale Cemetery
4909 University Avenue
Des Moines, IA 50311
Friday, August 8, 2014
11:00 AM
Glendale Cemetery
4909 University Avenue
Des Moines, IA 50311
Friday, August 8, 2014


Trinity Evangelical Lutheran Church-Van Meter
1193 Prairieview Avenue
Van Meter, IA 50261