May 15, 1933-February 3, 2019
MUSCATINE - Barbara Kathleen Pace, 85, of Muscatine passed away on Sunday, February 03, 2019, at the University of Iowa Hospitals and Clinics, Iowa City.
Funeral service will be held on Friday, February 8, 2019, at 10 a.m. at the Community of Christ in Muscatine, Iowa. Burial will take place in Harker Cemetery. Family and friends are invited to gather for a luncheon at Community of Christ following internment.
Visitation will be from 4 until 8 p.m. on Thursday, February 7, 2019, at the Ralph J. Wittich-Riley-Freers Funeral Home in Muscatine. Memorials may be made to Community of Christ in Muscatine. Online Condolences: www.wittichfuneralhome.com
Barbara Kathleen Freers was born on May 15, 1933 in Iowa City, to Margrette "Birdie" Freers of Muscatine. She was raised by her maternal grandmother Alice Mabel Dykes Freers and later adopted by her aunt and uncle Jennie (Freers) and Walter Schmidt. Throughout her life, Barbara was blessed to have an abundance of aunts, uncles and cousins who also welcomed her into their families. Barbara had a strong faith and was a life-long member of the Reorganized Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints/Community of Christ.
Barbara graduated from Muscatine High School in 1952 and was united in marriage to Harold W. (Sonny) Pace on March 22, 1953, at the Reorganized Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints in Muscatine. She lived her entire married life farming, being a homemaker and raising her family on the same farm in the Sweetland area. Barbara was also a school bus driver for over 30 years with the Muscatine School District and had previously worked at the telephone office as a local operator. She was a long-time member of the Muscatine Garden Club.
Barbara was a dedicated St. Louis Cardinals fan and enjoyed gardening, music, camping, fishing and watching barges navigate the Mississippi River. But most of all she enjoyed spending time with her family and friends.
Those left to honor her memory include her husband, Harold W. (Sonny) Pace, of Muscatine; daughters, Deboraha (Carroll) Howard of Muscatine and Sally (David) Sallee of Wilton; sons, Tim (Konnie) Pace of Muscatine and Andrew Pace of Cedar Rapids; four grandchildren; four step-grandchildren; four great-grandchildren; 10 step-great-grandchildren; and 8 step-great-great grandchildren.
Barbara was preceded in death by her mother; her maternal grandmother; and adoptive parents.