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Pauline Barrett

Pauline Barrett

WATERLOO — Pauline Louise Barrett, 96, of Waterloo, died at home Friday, Feb. 9.

She was born Dec. 16, 1921, on a farm east of Rinard, Calhoun County, daughter of Chester Leroy Rockufeler and Sarah Lodemia Mills Rockufeler. On Nov. 12, 1954, she married Dr. Sterling A. “Arch” Barrett. He preceded her in death.

She graduated from Rinard Consolidated School in 1939 and then graduated from Fort Dodge Tobin Business College in Fort Dodge. She worked as a secretary in the Farm Bureau/County Extension Office in Rockwell City, moved to Waterloo in 1943 and worked as an executive secretary for one of the top officers of the Rath Packing Co. for 17 years. She retired from Rath in 1960

She was a member of Temple Rebekah Lodge in Waterloo, where she held many offices, including that of Noble Grand.

Survived by: two nephews, John Chester “Jack” (JoAnn) Rockufeler of Overland Park, Kan., and Thomas L. (Alberta) Little of Somers; grand- and great-grand nieces and nephews; and many friends.

Preceded in death by: her husband; her parents; three brothers, John, Robert and Frank; and a sister, Helen A. Little.

Services: 10:30 a.m. Friday, Feb. 16, at First Presbyterian Church, with burial in Waterloo Memorial Park Cemetery. Visitation will be from 4 to 6 p.m. Thursday at Hagarty-Waychoff-Grarup Funeral Service on West Ridgeway and at the church for an hour before services Friday.

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Memorials: may be directed to First Presbyterian Church of Waterloo or the YWCA Chapter 2 of Waterloo.

Over the years she and Arch made extensive trips to Europe, Africa, the Orient, South America, Australia and most of the United States in addition to taking several cruises. She had a great desire to promote the welfare of others through philanthropy and volunteering. Much of her time, energy and resources were devoted to worthy causes in education, healthcare, children and women issues.

the life of: Pauline Barrett (1921-2018)
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