Virginia M. Barrows

Feb 23, 2019
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11:00 a.m. Thursday, February 28, 2019
South Waterloo Church of the Brethren
6227 Kimball Avenue, Waterloo, IA 50702


4:00 to 7:00 p.m. Wednesday, February 27, 2019 at Locke Funeral Home; also for one hour prior to services at the church.


Memorial Park Cemetery, Waterloo


In lieu of flowers, memorials may be directed to South Waterloo Church of the Brethren


Virginia M. Barrows, 97, of Waterloo, died Saturday, February 23, 2019 at Friendship Village Pavilion in Waterloo.

She was born October 10, 1921 in Orange Township, the daughter of Russell Edwin and Anna Matilda (Schroeder) Pullin. Virginia graduated from Orange Consolidated School in 1939 and then attended Gates Business College where she studied stenography and graduated in 1940. She was united in marriage with Ralph L. Barrows on November 18, 1940 in Bethany, MO. He preceded her in death on May 11, 2010.

Following college, Virginia worked for five years as secretary to the Superintendent of the Orange Consolidated Schools, secretary at Continental Insurance Co. for five years, and Christoffersen and Damsgaard Law Firm in Cedar Falls for eight years. In 1972, Virginia went to work as assistant to the Probate Referee at the Black Hawk County Courthouse and three years later was promoted to Probate Referee, a position she held until her retirement in 1989.

Virginia was a member of the South Waterloo Church of the Brethren where she sang in the choir. She was a 25-year member of the Metropolitan Chorale, a member of the West Orange Club, 15-30 Club and was an Elklet. She enjoyed counted cross stich projects, growing flowers, bowling and traveling to Iceland, Europe, China, the Caribbean Islands, Alaska, and the rest of the United States.

She is survived by three sons, James R. and his wife Carole of Waterloo, their daughter Jayme Nelson and her husband Anthony; Jerry L. and his husband Jarrod of Portland, Oregon and their children, Randy, Christopher, Nicholas, Harry, Jason, Thuy, Steven, Jeremy, Jennifer, Robert, Diana, and Vincent; David M. and his wife Maxine of Waterloo, their daughter Brooke Roberts and her husband David; and many great-grandchildren.

She was preceded in death by her parents; her husband; three brothers, Harold, Donald, and Edwin Pullin; three sisters, Gladys Eiklenborg, Ruth Pullin, and Delores Wilson; and a twin brother and sister in infancy, Willis and Phyllis.

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  1. Denise G Akkerman | Feb 24, 2019
    LOVED getting to know Virginia through Black Hawk County Legal Secretaries Ass’n.! She was a joy to know and visit with. A very kind, compassionate and knowledgeable lady!!!

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