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Judith E. Barker
  • October 29, 1943 - April 30, 2015
  • West Des Moines, Iowa

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Judith "Judy" Evelyn Barker, 71, of Huxley passed away on Thursday, April 30, 2015 at Bright Kavanagh House in Des Moines. A memorial visitation will be held on Tuesday, May 26, 2015 from 5:00-7:00 followed by Celebration of Life service from 7-8 p.m. at the Salem United Church of Christ in Alleman, Iowa.

Judy was born on October 29, 1943 in Davenport, Iowa to George and Elsie (Houchin) Holsman. The family relocated to Des Moines and she attended North High School. She was very active in school and was on the North High rope jumping team who won the 1st Bill Riley Talent Show at the Iowa State Fair. Judy graduated from North High School in 1961 and remained active with the Alumni Association all of her life. After school, Judy attended Grandview College and later worked for several trucking firms as an office manager/bookkeeper. She was an accountant and office manager for various other companies including Copy Systems, Inc. in Des Moines and had lastly worked at Babich and Associates Law Firm for 12 years before retiring in 2013.

Judy was very active all of her life with showing and training horses, and was a member of the Iowa Quarter Horse Association since 1982, and was a past secretary of the Rocky Mountain Quarter Horse Association. She loved helping people at the shows and was known as a "Horse-show Mom/Grandma" to many. Above all, Judy had a great love for her family and enjoyed spending time with them and helping out any way she could. Her two grand kids were the loves of her life and she was always supporting them at whatever event they were participating in. Judy loved sewing beautiful horse show outfits for people, quilting, antiques, crafting, and she was crazy for the Iowa State Fair.

Those left to cherish her loving memories are her daughter Elizabeth (Kirk) Peterson of Huxley, Iowa; grandkids Lindy and Riley Peterson of Huxley, Iowa; brother Larry (Sheryl) Holsman of Des Moines, Iowa; nieces Valerie (Larry) Riley of Des Moines, Iowa; Bess (Nate) Schramm of Des Moines, Iowa; and a nephew Richard (Debbie) Holsman of McCall, Idaho; and many close friends.

She was preceded in death by her parents.

Memorial contributions may be directed to the family to establish a special memorial at the Iowa State Fairgrounds.

Celebrate Life Iowa has been entrusted with the cremation care of Judith.