Funeral service for Barbara Puff of Emmetsburg is 11 a.m, Friday, Nov. 29, at the Joyce Funeral Home in Emmetsburg. The family will greet friends from 9:30 a.m. until the time of service. Burial is in Evergreen Cemetery, Emmetsburg.
Barbara Helen Puff was born Dec. 19, 1929 in Joliet, IL, the daughter of Ross and Laura (Davis) Talley. She was a graduate of Cadillac High School.
On June 18, 1953, Barb was united in marriage to Willis Puff. The couple lived in Ankeny where they began raising their three children. Barb was very active in the Ankeny Community where she was president of the PTA and Welcome Wagon. She was court watcher for crime alert, Cub Scout leader and Blue Bird leader. She received the Outstanding Citizenship Award from the Ankeny Chamber of Commerce.
In 1978, the family moved to Emmetsburg where Barb was the Executive Director of the Emmetsburg Low Rent Housing Agency. Barb was also active in the Emmetsburg Community. She was a board member for the Four-County Council for Prevention of Domestic Violence and Palo Alto County Cancer Board. She was a member of the Red Hat Society and Bethany Lutheran Church.
On Monday, Nov. 25, 2013, Barb passed away at the Cedar Valley Hospice House in Waterloo, at the age of 83.
Left to cherish her memory are two sons: Brian of Waverly and Aaron of Omaha, NE; a daughter, Cynthia Hoppenworth (Scott) of Waverly; her sister, Ella Fuhrman of Elcho, WI; three granddaughters, Nicole and Ashley Miller of Waverly and Alexis Puff of Omaha, NE; three grandsons, Jacob and Joey Puff of Omaha, NE and Willis Puff of Davenport; two step-grandsons: Andrew Hoppenworth (Sasha) of Hobe Sound, FL and Jordan Hoppenworth (Mara Toay) of Muscatine; and many nieces and nephews.
Barb was preceded in death by her parents; her husband, Willis; brothers, Howard and Donald Talley; two sisters, Ardith Bradley and June Stiles; grandson, Michael Aaron Puff; daughter-in-law, Joni Puff; and her step-grandson, Dustin Hoppenworth.