In Memory of

Reva Tomlinson

August 22, 1924 - January 15, 2018
From: Spencer, IA
Reva Tomlinson

Reva Tomlinson

Born: August 22, 1924
Died: January 15, 2018
Age: 93

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      Reva Mae Tomlinson, the daughter of Ralph and Iva (Nafe) Allen, was born on August 22, 1924, in Washta, IA. She grew up on a farm near Washta, where she attended country school and then attended Quimby High School, graduating in 1941. She attended York College in York, NE where she studied Religious Education obtaining a Bachelor’s Degree.

     On August 22, 1945, Reva married J.W. Tomlinson in Washta, IA. Following their marriage, the couple lived in Wisconsin and Nebraska for a couple of years before moving to Spencer. Reva enjoyed being a homemaker. Upon moving to Spencer, Reva started working at Spencer Construction and then Lakes Concrete. The couple divorced.

     Reva married Ray Bargloff on December 15, 1965, in Spencer. The couple divorced a few years later. Reva then started and operated Spencer Building Supply for more than 33 years before retiring in 2005. She was a member of the First Baptist Church. She held various roles on church committees, was the Sunday School Superintendent, served many years as church financial secretary and treasurer and was in the church choir. She was a member of the Small Business Association and Homebuilders Association. She was on the Advisory Board of Blue Cross & Blue Shield of Iowa for several years. Reva enjoyed gardening, flowers, traveling and music, but most of all she enjoyed spending time with her family.

     Reva passed away on Monday, January 15, 2018, at her home surrounded by her family. She was preceded in death by her parents; one son, Don; two brothers and sisters-in-law: Max and Mary Alice Allen, and Claire and Phyllis Allen.

     Left to cherish her memory are her four sons and their wives: James and Barbara of Spencer, William and Janice of Spencer, Dean and Carol of Denton, TX and Danny and Sandra of Belton, TX; 12 grandchildren; 14 great-grandchildren; two brothers: Lowell and Elaine Allen of Cherokee, IA, and Verle and Kay Allen of LeMars, IA; other relatives and friends.

Funeral Services will be 10:30A.M., Saturday, January 20, at the First Baptist Church.
Chaplain - Dan Tomlinson
Rev. Curtis Batschelet
Dean Tomlinson II
Matthew Tomlinson
Shannon Tomlinson
Brian Bixby
Jim Tomlinson
Miguel Lopez
Visitation will be open after 12noon on Friday, with the family present from 5:00 - 7:00 P.M., Friday evening at the funeral home.
Organist - Brenda Sassman

Congregational Hymn
"How Great Thou Art"

"Day By Day"
By The Family
Grand Meadow Cemetery
Rural Washta, Iowa


Saturday, January 27, 2018 at 12:14 PM
“I just happened to check the obituaries today for Warners and saw Reva had passed. She was a grand lady and a very fine example of what a Christian woman should be. Praise God that she is now with her Lord eternally; no more trials, no more pain. Thank you Dan for your friendship as teens and for the opportunity to meet and become friends with your mom as well. I saw her occasionally when I worked at St. Luke's and as a hospice/home health nurse for Spencer Hospital. She was always , it seemed, visiting the sick or doing some kind seed for someone. God blessed you all by having her for your Mom. In Christ's Love and Grace Jo Harders”
- Jo (Buck) Harders
Saturday, January 20, 2018 at 10:44 AM
“Very, very sorry to hear of your loss. Your Mom was an extraordinary woman. May she rest in peace.”
- Barbara Nielsen
Friday, January 19, 2018 at 8:28 AM
“so sorry to hear of Reva's passing. our family lived across the street from her many years. I know you have many wonderful memories as she was a great lady. our prayers are with your family, Vikki”
- Vikki (O'Hara) Putnam
Thursday, January 18, 2018 at 11:46 AM
“I was sorry to here about the passing of Reva, she was a kind and caring person. My prayers are with you all.”
- Greg Manwarren
Thursday, January 18, 2018 at 7:55 AM
“I remember Reva well from the Spencer Building Supply days. While my husband was busy building during our early years of farming, I would be sent (with little people in tow) for whatever supplies he needed. It seems concrete wall anchors mostly. And that was when I met Reva. She was kind, patient, helpful and always pleasant. So much so that it left an impression that has stuck all these years later. May you , her family, be blessed as you celebrate your mom's life and joyous entry into heaven. And may sweet memories be yours. With deepest sympathy.”
- Marcia Steffen
Wednesday, January 17, 2018 at 12:50 PM
“Reva was much more to me than a boss. She was a shining example of Work Ethics, Work Knowledge, Christian living, Family love and a Friend. Although I have not seen her for several years, her examples and love are in everything I do. She was like a 'work Mom' to me for many, many years. I think of her often. She raised some great boys by herself too! What a Lady!
- Marlys Van Engen
Wednesday, January 17, 2018 at 12:25 PM
“My deepest sympathies to the family! Reva was a very fine lady>
- Dan Bates
Tuesday, January 16, 2018 at 2:29 PM
“Prayers to all of you on the loss of Reva”
- Joyce Tomlinson
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