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Barbara Jean Beard

Published: Thursday, Feb. 20, 2014 11:00 a.m. CDT • Updated: Thursday, Feb. 20, 2014 11:26 a.m. CDT

Barbara Jean Beard, 87, died Wednesday Feb. 19, 2014, at Fleur Heights Care Center in Des Moines from complications of Pompe’s disease. Services will be at 11 a.m. Saturday, Feb. 22, at  the Wallace Family Funeral Home and Crematory. The family will be at the funeral home to meet friends and family one hour prior to the service. Burial will be at Newton Union Cemetery with a visitation and luncheon to follow at the First Christian Church in Newton.  

Barbara was born to Millie and Henry Schaumburg Sept. 13, 1926. She was married to Lester Ray Beard in Newton on Sept. 7, 1945. They had two children, David and Karen. They made Newton their home for many years until moving to Urbandale when more care was needed for Barbara and they could be closer to their children.  

Barbara was diagnosed with Pompe’s disease when she was in her 40s and was one of Iowa’s first home ventilator patients. Her husband, Les, was her primary care giver.  His love, devotion and skill in caring for her have been an inspiration to others.   

Barb was an avid Iowa Hawkeye fan and especially enjoyed following the Iowa basketball team. She also loved the Chicago Cubs and never missed a game on TV or radio. She was a housewife and wonderful mother, and loved to play cards, dance and have family get-togethers. She was an active member of the First Christian Church in Newton. Many would marvel at Barb’s positive attitude about her disease and her ability to bounce back time and time again. She adored her grandchildren and great-grandkids and lived to see them. 

Barb will be missed by those left behind including her husband, Lester; son David Beard (Sue); daughter Karen Stewart (Gary); four grandchildren, Cari Nelson (Matt), Mandy Lane (Jason), Allison Bruhn (Michael) and Jamie Beard (Andrea); seven great-grandchildren; several nieces and nephews. 

She was preceded in death by her parents, Henry and Millie Schaumburg; four brothers, George Schaumburg (Katherine), Glenn Schaumburg (Jo), Clyde Schaumburg and Louie Schaumburg (Bonnie); and two sisters, Selma Parks (Earl) and Beulah Johnson.  

The family wishes to thank the wonderful and caring staff of Fleur Heights Care Center for the love, kindness and care given to Barbara the past nine years, with a special thank you to Linda Newswander, respiratory therapist.   

Memorial contributions can be made to The First Christian Church of Newton, St. Jude’s Hospice, or the activities department of Fleur Heights Care Center.

Memorials may be left at the Wallace Family Funeral Home and Crematory.

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