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Barbara Joan Dean

February 22, 1954 - August 30, 2019
From: Spencer, IA
Barbara Joan Dean

Barbara Joan Dean

Born: February 22, 1954
Died: August 30, 2019
Age: 65

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Barbara Joan Dean, the daughter of Gerald “Jerry” and Helen (Stanton) Dean, was born February 22, 1954 in Spencer, Iowa.  Her childhood years were spent in Spencer.  Barb was a member of the VFW Spencerettes Drill Team during her school years and graduated from Spencer High School in 1972.

After high school, Barb completed a course to become a nurse’s aide. She went on to accept a position as an aide at St. Luke’s Nursing Home until she decided to venture out to Loveland, Colorado.  Barb returned to Spencer in 1977 to open up her own business, the Plaster Shop.  For the next 36 years, she shared her creativity with others by teaching porcelain doll making, plaster painting and stained-glass art.  Following the closing of her store in 2013, Barb found great joy in creating unique items to share at flea markets and other vender shows.  She became known for making sock monkeys, doll clothes, crocheting, and making the world’s greatest scrubbies. One of her most special creations was the breast cancer sock monkey that she lovingly shared with other breast cancer patients and survivors.  Barb participated in many craft shows, but always looked forward to her booth at the Clay County Fair where she shared some of her latest crocheted creations: characters from Harry Potter, Star Wars, Pokemon, and the Holy Nativity.

Barb was a member of the National Square Dance Camping Association taking many trips with her parents.  Some of her most memorable camping trips were to Michigan, Pennsylvania, Alaska, Colorado, Texas, Florida, New York and many others. She was also a lifetime member of the Avenue of Flags.  She served as the secretary until 2016 and always took time to listen to the family’s stories of their fallen veteran.  Barb was always up for a nasty game of Russian Rummy, Dirty Board or washer toss.  She loved meeting people at her shows, watching Star Wars, Star Trek, collecting troll dolls, but most of all, spending time with her family.  Barb touched many lives with her smile and loving, giving personality.

She was loved by many and will be missed by all who knew her. 

     Barb passed away at the Dougherty Hospice House in Sioux Falls, SD on Friday, August 30, 2019 at the age of 65.  She was preceded in death by her parents and her cats Abby, Topsy, Oscar and Sally.

     Left to cherish her memory are her brothers Rick (Nancy) Dean and Bob (Charlotte) Dean, her cousins Suzanne Clark (Cliff Harbour), Merrill (Irene) Clark, many nieces, nephews, friends and her cat Molly.

Funeral services will be held 10:00 A.M., Friday, September 6, 2019 at the Warner Chapel in Spencer.
Pastor Russell Muilenburg
Mike Dean
Kevin Stover
Kaleb Stover
Eric Dean
Bob Dean
Rick Dean

Kathy Washington
Melissa Girard
Kellie Lowe
Heather Dean
Alan Girard
Autumn Dean
Joseph Dean
Angela Isaia
Visitation will begin 5:00 P.M., Thursday, September 5th, with the family present from 5 to 7 P.M., Thursday at the Warner Funeral Home in Spencer.
"I Can Only Imagine"
"Who Am I"
By Eric Meeter
Riverside Cemetery
Spencer, Iowa

A lunch and time of fellowship will be held at the VFW Hall in Spencer following the graveside services.


Wednesday, April 8, 2020 at 11:14 AM
“I met Barbara several years ago via a doll magazine featuring her dolls with crochet braids. We became friend over the telephone. I loved Barbara's work and purchased many of her craft items. I will miss talking with Barbara, she always saw good in everyone.”
- Helen Gage
Sunday, September 8, 2019 at 10:28 AM
“To the family and friends of Barbara Dean always cherish the fond memories of time spent together and although you may grieve the Bible can be a source of comfort. At (Revelation 21:3,4) it speaks of a time when there will be no more sickness or death, also at (Acts 24:15) it speaks of a resurrection that we all can look forward to. May the peace and love of the God of all comfort be with you all. For more on the wonderful resurrection hope please visit and type in resurrection in the search tab. ”
- Daryl
Thursday, September 5, 2019 at 6:32 PM
“I have known the Dean family since we were kids and our parents worked at the VFW food booth fair week, later in life we worked together for RGIS doing inventory of different kinds of stores, I remember when we went to New York City to count , spent an extra day and saw some sights, my sympathy to all of you.
- nancy sorensen newgard
Tuesday, September 3, 2019 at 8:41 PM
“So sorry to hear of Barb's passing. She was such a kind and caring person.What a great smile!We will miss her at the Clay County Fair .”
- Darlene Gustafson
Tuesday, September 3, 2019 at 7:01 PM
Tuesday, September 3, 2019 at 4:57 PM
“To Rick and Bob. I am so sorry to hear of the passing of your sister Barb. I have known her since high school. She was the sweetest, kindest person I knew. I and my sister and grandchildren visited her shop when it was open. She will be sorely missed. God Bless you all.”
- Jewell Rorah
Tuesday, September 3, 2019 at 4:57 PM
“Barb will be missed! May you find comfort knowing she is with our Lord!”
- Nancy Hartmann
Tuesday, September 3, 2019 at 7:50 AM
“No matter what life handed Barb, she continued to smile. I was fortunate enough to meet her in person at the fair one year. She always helped anyone that needed help making a doll on Handmade Dolls and Friends. Her laugh was infectious and lite up a room. She was kind even to those that wronged her. She was always encouraging me after I lost my husband. My life is so much richer in knowing her.
- Wanda Harrigan
Tuesday, September 3, 2019 at 7:49 AM
“Rick, Nancy, Mel, Kel, Mike, bob and Eric and families,
Barbie was an amazing woman. she always had a smile and was so kind. her creativity was amazing. may God wrap you in His arms and may you find comfort in your memories of barb. thinking of you all in this difficult and tender time”
- marcia smith
Monday, September 2, 2019 at 6:11 PM
“From playing together at VFW functions, to VFW drill team trips, to Avenue of Flags meetings , to the Plaster Shop, Barb was never without a smile. Heaven just got a little brighter. Rick and Family, It may be tough at this time, but smile that she was family and I will smile that I knew her and called her " friend ". May Christ grant you His peace and may memories make this time a little easier.”
- Thomas Jon Montgomery
Monday, September 2, 2019 at 6:11 PM
“Dear Rick,Bob, and families,
We were so very sorry to read of Barb's passing. She was such a gem and always had time to visit.......and that smile........We met her way back when she opened the Plaster Shop as Tom enjoyed painting plaster figurines. Then our paths crossed again at her booth each year at the Clay County Fair. Was such fun to visit with both she and your mom every year, as well as see what new treasures that Barb had created to sell. Lastly, we got involved with the Ave of Flags through Tom's role as a volunteer with the SVFD. We truly enjoyed helping to put the flags up and then take them back down on Memorial Day weekend. That was such a passion for her, as well as all of your family. What a legacy to leave for the community of Spencer! During this time of sorrow, may you always be aware of the Lord's abiding love and mercy, and may many wonderful memories bring you comfort. Tom and Mary Galik/Cedar Rapids”
- Mary Galik
Monday, September 2, 2019 at 6:11 PM
“My sympathies and prayers to all ”
- Joyce (Darnell) Stratford
Monday, September 2, 2019 at 6:11 PM
“I knew her from the Handmade Dolls and Friends web group, she was a lovely person. We had many positive email exchanges.”
- Lora Frisch
Monday, September 2, 2019 at 11:42 AM
“So sorry for your loss. Keep your memories close.”
- Marie Johnson
Sunday, September 1, 2019 at 2:31 PM
“On behalf of the Class of '72, we extend our sincere sympathy.”
- Annie Golden
Sunday, September 1, 2019 at 9:34 AM
“May Barb soar on Angel's wings and watch over all of You ! ! Hugs to all ! !”
- Mike Wallace
Sunday, September 1, 2019 at 9:34 AM
“So very sorry for your deep loss. ”
- Margaret Molitor
Sunday, September 1, 2019 at 9:34 AM
“Rick, Bob and Families. Please know that you are in our thoughts and prayers. Let the Lord wrap his arms around you and comfort you during this difficult time . ”
- Doug & Carolyn Alger
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