Barbara Leathers

Barbara A. Leathers, 88, of Waukon died Tuesday, January 29, 2019 at Good Samaritan Center in Waukon. A celebration of life will be held at a later date. Burial was at Oakland Cemetery, Waukon. Martin Funeral Home in Waukon is handling arrangements.

Barbara Ann Leathers was born May 2, 1930 in Macon, MO, the daughter of Otho and Magdalene (Richards) Miller. She graduated from Macon High School and worked at the county extension office there.

July 18, 1952, Barb married Alfred Lowell Leathers in Macon, MO. The couple moved to St. Louis, MO, then to San Diego, CA and Hawaii during Al’s service in the Navy, before settling in Iowa for Al’s music teaching career. They lived in Seymour and Guthrie Center before moving to Waukon in 1966.

Besides raising their three children, Barb also worked as a bookkeeper and Avon representative. Her hobbies included gardening and sewing. She was a member of Zion United Church of Christ in Waukon, where she was involved with various women’s circles and also sang in the choir.

She is survived by her daughters: Nylene Douglas of Clarksville, TN, Allene Byroad of Dallas, TX and Gwynne (Steve) Olea of Phoenix, AZ; three granddaughters: Christina (John) Torres of Brentwood, NY, Eryn (Shaun) Bishop of Dallas, TX and Robyn Byroad of Salt Lake City, UT; and one great-granddaughter, Valencia Torres. Barb was preceded in death by her parents and her husband, Al, in 2014.

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