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Barbara J. Buffington

Barbara “Barb” Jean Buffington, 99, formerly of Glenwood, Iowa passed away April 9, 2020 at Hillcrest Estates in Papillion, Nebraska. She was born June 4, 1920 in Stuttgart, Arkansas to the late Harry Karsten Davis and Anna Farnsworth Davis.

Following high school graduation in Ames, Iowa, Barbara earned her Bachelor of Science Degree in Home Economics from Iowa State University. Barbara was united in marriage to David Clark Buffington on April 8, 1942 in Ames, Iowa. To this union four children were born, infant son, Martha “Marti”, Richard “Rick” and David “Bruce”. Following the passing of her husband in 1965, she began working for Iowa State for Mills and Montgomery County Extension Services. Barbara was a lifelong learner who was an avid reader and enjoyed spending time with her family, sewing, traveling and doing crossword puzzles.

Preceding Barbara in passing were her parents, infant son, son Dr. David B. Buffington, granddaughter Traci Buffington and son-in-law Paul H. “Butch” Cheyney. She is survived by daughter Marti Cheyney of Omaha, Nebraska; son Rick Buffington (Connie) of Ellenton, Florida; 4 grandchildren and 7 great grandchildren: Beth Cheyney (Bo) Ochsner and their children Will, Anne and Harry; Lea Cheyney (Ted) Brandt and their daughter Cheyney; Shelly Buffington Hostens and her children Shay and Taylor; Chrissy Buffington Reyes and her daughter Lexi; extended relatives and friends.

Memorial donations in memory of Barbara may be directed to the Glenwood Library Foundation.

Private services are planned at a later date at the Glenwood Cemetery, Glenwood, Iowa.

12 Condolences

  • Connie Clark Posted April 9, 2020 7:19 pm

    So sorry to hear about your mom. Have alot of great fun filled memories of her from when we were kids growing up. Will keep you all in my thoughts & prayers.
    Connie Decker Clark

  • Judi Hockabout Posted April 9, 2020 10:26 pm

    So sorry for your loss, Marti, Rick & families. Barb was always such a kind lady & I pray all of the wonderful memories will give you all comfort at this time.
    Judi (Agan) Hockabout

  • Betty Wolfe Posted April 10, 2020 9:13 am

    I was so sorry to hear about Barb’s passing. We worked together for many years and I have a lot of wonderful memories. She was such a great lady, so kind and compassionate, and a great friend. My thoughts and prayers to your families.

  • Kay LeFever Posted April 10, 2020 3:17 pm

    Sorry Rick and Marti about your Mom. She lived a long, full life. She leaves many good deeds and memories from her life. Praying God’s comfort for you as you adjust to a life without her. God Bless.
    Kay (Eichelberger) and Linus LeFever

  • Gregg Mulry Posted April 13, 2020 10:35 am

    This time of social distancing must make it all the harder for your family. Barbara was a quietly formidable woman, reserved and kind. I will always remember her grace and courage during her son David’s last days on earth. Godspeed.

  • Donetta Konfrst Posted April 13, 2020 4:00 pm

    So sorry to learn if your mom’s passing. I loved doing her hair. We had some lovely visits when she was getting her hair styled. She was such a lovely lady..

  • Donetta Konfrst Posted April 13, 2020 4:20 pm

    Marty , I’m so sorry to learn of your mothers passing. I so enjoyed our political discussions when she came in to have her hair styled.. She was truly a lovely lady. My deepest sympathy to you and the family

  • Dan Sandy Benscoter Posted April 15, 2020 10:37 pm

    Our Hearts and Prayers are with the entire Buffington Family as Barb is now walking with the Good Lord in the Garden of Heaven.

  • LaVerne and Pam Obrecht Posted April 16, 2020 7:57 am

    Our sympathy to Barb’s entire family. We were coworkers in Extension for many years. Barb was easy to work with on joint projects. May Barb rest in peace!!

  • Alan Johnson Posted April 16, 2020 1:12 pm

    Marti & Rick, Your mom will surely be missed. She was always gracious to our sometimes unruly bunch of boys who would congregate at the Buffington house to play pool, talk about cars, or sports. So many great memories. Please accept my condolences.

  • Judy Carlson Posted April 16, 2020 3:07 pm

    I send my tribute to Barb. I worked with her in the Home Economics aspects of Iowa State University Extension. I appreciated her excitement as a life long learner. She often encouraged us to try new things.

  • Anne Chambers Posted April 22, 2020 4:11 pm

    So sorry to hear of Barb’s passing. She was a fun lady to work with! Hugs and comfort to you all!

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