Barbara J. Kimzey, 81, of Indianola, and formerly of New Virginia, died unexpectedly June 12, 2014, at her residence.
A funeral service was held at 10:30 a.m. Tuesday, June 17, at New Virginia United Methodist Church. The Rev. Keith Putney officiated. Burial was in New Virginia Cemetery. Memorials may be given to New Virginia United Methodist Church. Online condolences may be left at www.overtonfunerals.com or www.kimzeyfuneralhome.com.
Barbara Jean (Hilton) Kimzey, daughter of Martha Lucille (Nine) and Paul Francis Hilton, was born May 27, 1933, in Indianola. She moved as a young child with her family to New Virginia.
Barbara graduated from New Virginia Consolidated High School in 1951.
On Nov. 3, 1951, Barbara married Albert Henry “Jake” Kimzey at the (then) Ft. Des Moines Methodist Church.
Barbara started her married life in Des Moines working for Blue Line Moving and Storage. The couple soon relocated to New Virginia. Barbara took a position as secretary to C.O. Lundby at the New Virginia High School. She left that position to raise her family.
After the birth of her children, she returned to the Interstate 35 Community School District as a nurse’s aide.
In the late 1960s, Barb became the teacher’s aide at the New Virginia Elementary/Junior High Center of Interstate 35. She remained there until the mid-1980s, when she left and became the secretary for the New Virginia/Medora United Methodist Church Parish. She retired in the early 1990s.
For decades, Barb and Jake owned and operated Barb’s Antiques in New Virginia.
Since 1952, Barbara had been a member of the New Virginia United Methodist Church. She was active in many of the church functions, and often served as the worship leader for Sunday services. She was a former member of American Legion Auxiliary and Order of the Eastern Star Chapters, both in New Virginia.
Jake died March 24, 2009, at Hospice of Central Iowa Kavanagh House on 56th Street in Des Moines.
Barbara is survived by her children, Tala Lehmer of Clive, Renee Kimzey of Indianola and Mark (wife Linda) Kimzey of Mount Pleasant; grandchildren, Shenna Lehmer of Clive, Dusti Sanchez of Indianola, Rebekah and Aaron Kimzey of Mount Pleasant, Tom Shelton of Huxley and Joe Shelton of Ankeny; great-grandchildren, Natalia, Catalina and Adan Sanchez of Indianola; sister Billie Lou Davidson of Indianola; brother Steven (wife Christine) Hilton of Indianola; sister-in-law Sandra Hilton of Osceola; brother-in-law Jerry (wife Norma) Kimzey of Phoenix, Ariz., and numerous nieces, nephews, cousins and their families.
In addition to her husband, Barbara was preceded in death by her parents, brother Jerry Hilton, son-in-law Roy Lehmer and granddaughter Cassia Lehmer.