Originally Published: March 29, 2010 10:20 p.m.
Barbara J. Funk, 71, died March 27, 2010, at the Crossings in Prescott, Ariz. She was born in Clinton, Iowa, the daughter of Charles and Norma (Holcomb) Leavens.
Barbara loved to cook, especially for her family. She was proudest of her granddaughters, Katie and Megan, and her close friends.
The family would like to express their gratitude to all of Barbara's neighbors, especially, Glen and Terri Dundus, Dr. Jim Tilley, Dr. Patrick Kadrmas, May Williman and Pam Wickstrom for their loving care of their mother, and to Dr. Edwards for his care and extended life he and the Mayo Clinic gave Barbara. His patience with his patients is extraordinary.
Barbara is survived by her sons, Bill (Josie) of Cincinnati, Ohio, and Jim of Las Vegas, Nev.; her brothers, Chuck (Helen) of Clinton, Iowa, and Norman (Marie) of Showlow, Ariz.; her sister, Lois DeSpain, of Pallup, Wash.; and her beloved granddaughters, Katie and Megan. She was preceded in death by her husband, Larry, in 2004, and her sister, Margaret.
A celebration of Barbara's life will be held at 1 p.m. Wednesday, March 31, 2010, at Arizona Ruffner Wakelin Funeral Home, corner of Cortez and Carleton streets.
The family suggests contributions to the Mayo Clinic, Cancer Research Center, 134000 E. Shea, Scottsdale, Ariz. 85289.
Arizona Ruffner Wakelin Funeral Home assisted the family.
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