In Memory of

Barbara Dawn Doherty

September 14, 1933 - February 27, 2021
From: Lake City, IA
Barbara Dawn Doherty

Barbara Dawn Doherty

Born: September 14, 1933
Died: February 27, 2021
Age: 87

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    Barbara Dawn (Clark) Doherty, the daughter of Paul and Ada (Tuttle) Clark, was born September 14, 1933, in rural Egan SD. She was the eldest of seven children, three brothers and three sisters. She attended the Egan Community Schools and then worked for a corner drug store and later a heating contractor in Sioux Falls, SD.  She was united in marriage to Raymond J. Doherty September 29, 1952.  They resided at Mountain Home Air Force Base, Idaho while Raymond served in the U.S. Air Force and was deployed to the southwest Pacific islands of Guam and Eniwetok.  Raymond was honorably discharged in 1955 and completed his higher education using the GI bill.  He later entered the high school education and coaching professions starting as a teacher and coach at Danbury St. Mary’s Catholic School Danbury, IA  and finally retiring as the Superintendent of Sioux Valley Community Schools Peterson and Linn Grove, IA in 1992. During these times they resided in Danbury IA, Avoca IA, Dexter IA, Britt IA, Crystal Lake IA, and finally Peterson IA.

     In 1962 they began their own family with three children Clark, Scott and Erin. While raising her three children in Peterson, she began working part time at Midwest Christians Home in rural Peterson where she was a bookkeeper and planner, and often times much more to all the children at the home. She finally retired at age 76 and they began their retirement together by moving to Spencer, IA.  They continued to attend their monthly ballroom dances around NW Iowa with their many dance club friends. They attended Sacred Heart Catholic Church in Spencer. Barb then began another career as greeter and volunteer at Spencer Memorial Hospital while Ray received his dialyses treatments. On, February 6, 2015,  Barb lost the love of her life when Raymond passed away.

     Since then she has been residing in Shady Oaks Nursing Home in Lake City, IA.  where she became the grandma to everyone. She loved talking with all the nurses, caregivers and their children who regularly came to see her to show off costumes, wedding plans and sharing their lives with her. She enjoyed watching the Hallmark channel and reading novels, often finishing a book in a single day. 

     Preceding her in death were her parents; Paul and Ada, infant brother Paul Jr., three sisters Sharon Ford, Marion Miller and Roberta “Bert” Reimers. Left to cherish her memory are her three children; Clark (Donna) of Harvest, AL; Scott (Lynne) of Rockwell City, IA; and Erin Doherty-Lemon of Grimes, IA; three Brothers; Bob Clark (Beverly) of Brookings, SD; Rodney (Tanya) Clark of Egan, SD, and Larry (Lisa) Clark of Brookings, SD. five grandchildren; two great-grandchildren; and many other relatives and friends.

    In lieu of flowers, please consider a donation to Midwest Christian Services in honor of Barbara Doherty. MCS is committed to “Building Better Lives” and supporting those who needed a “home away from home” where Barb worked for nearly 33 years. 

           Midwest Christian Services

4509 20th Avenue, Peterson, IA 51047

Phone: 712-295-7601 |  Fax: 712-295-7600

Graveside Services will be 11:00 A.M., Wednesday at Oakland Cemetery in Peterson, IA
Father Tim Hogan
Matthew Doherty
Kyle Doherty
Coty Lemon
Mack Lemon

Honorary Bearers
David Edmonds
Maja Edmonds
Laura Johnson
Visitation with the family will be from 5:00 - 7:00 P.M., Tuesday evening at the funeral home in Peterson.
Oakland Cemetery
Peterson, Iowa


Friday, March 19, 2021 at 8:23 AM
“My sympathy at the passing of your mom. I enjoyed knowing both your. Mom and Dad when I worked at Sioux Valley.”
- Diane Stegge
Friday, March 5, 2021 at 8:25 AM
“May love hold you dear Barb
May you be held in the palm of God’s hand”
- Jane Kosters
Thursday, March 4, 2021 at 11:42 AM
“We enjoyed many dances and breakfasts together. Most gentle and sweet lady.”
- Jan and Gary Pithan
Tuesday, March 2, 2021 at 2:15 PM
“Ron and I met Ray and Dorothy at dance club they enjoyed dancing as much as we did! Great couple !”
- Janice and Ron Englert
Tuesday, March 2, 2021 at 10:31 AM
“Clark, Scott, Erin and families, So sorry to learn of your mother's passing!! She loved MCCH and the children who called it home and was a faithful supporter. She was a friend as well as a fellow co-worker. She was a dedicated, beautiful woman, inside and out. ”
- Cyndy R Smith
Tuesday, March 2, 2021 at 7:47 AM
“Erin and family - Your mother was such a striking person. Always so well dressed with every hair in place. Over the many years I've known her, she's never changed. So sweet, kind, and a friendly smile to everyone. She will surely be missed.”
- Stephanie O'Brien
Monday, March 1, 2021 at 9:22 AM
“My deepest sympathy to all of you. May the Lord watch over you all at this time. ”
- Dawn Fuhrman
Monday, March 1, 2021 at 9:22 AM
“So sorry to hear about Aunt Barb (who was also my Godmother). She was a spectacular woman (who didn't allow snacking between meals!) and will be missed greatly by her family and friends. Condolences to Clark, Scott and Erin and their families. So many memories of when I and my other cousins used to come and stay!:) ”
- Robin Gengler
Monday, March 1, 2021 at 7:40 AM
“Clarke, Erin, Scott & Families,
I'm so sorry to hear that your mother, Barb, passed away after suffering with Alzheimers. We older Kosters cousins have many happy memories of your mom & dad visiting us in Rock Valley. Barb had a wonderful sense of humor & the 6 girls in our family were especially impressed with her wit & beauty.”
- Peggy (Kosters) Tomlinson
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