Barbara Kay Negri

October 1, 1950January 30, 2021

Barbara Kay (Mortenson) Negri, 70, of Ames passed away at home on Saturday, January 30, 2021 under the warmhearted care of Kindred Hospice with her husband by her side. Barb was born on October 1, 1950 to Raelena and Leland Mortenson. She was raised by Walter and Marie Swensen who she called her parents. Barb attended Ames High and graduated in 1968. Barbara was first married to Steven Larson. The two went their separate ways, and on February 13, 1998 she married Terry Negri. Barb worked as a secretary at Iowa State University and retired in 2010.

Barb was a very pleasant woman who could light up any room. She was a caring, fun-loving, adventurous person who loved to make people happy. She was always interested in anything anyone had to say. In her free time she liked to crotchet and tend to her house plants. She also liked gardening and planting perennials with her husband Terry. The two enjoyed traveling, especially to Vegas with their friends Jack and Carol Henneberry.

Left to cherish Barb's memory are her loving husband of 23 years, Terry; a son, Matt Larson; two grandsons, Zachary Larson and Zayden Larson; a sister-in-law Virginia Mortenson; and her cat Raven.


  • Visitation

    Saturday, February 6, 2021


  • Funeral Service

    Saturday, February 6, 2021



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Jerry and Kathy Beery-DeWitt

February 8, 2021

Such wonderful, warm, and joyful memories of Barb from work in Extension and many happy times. Always a smile that will be remembered.
Kathy & Jerry

Gary douglas

February 6, 2021

Terry, Just wanted to say we will always remember the happy times we spent with you and Barb at air shows, Vegas, get togethers in Illinois, and more. We will miss her and are so sorry for your loss.

Gary and Sylvia Douglas

Mary Sloan

February 6, 2021

I loved working with Barb in the late '80's and 90's when she worked part time for Pioneer Hi-Bred. She was our magic elf who did typing projects in the evenings and had things ready to go for us the next day. We became friends outside of work, and I always enjoyed her fun, sparkly personality and caring nature.

Chris Dougherty

February 4, 2021

Neg, God Bless you and your family as you say goodbye to your love, Barbara.
We love you.
Jack and Carol Henneberry
Shaun and Chris Dougherty
Steve andTracie Mazzorana
Jack and VinceHenneberry

Kay Woodrick

February 4, 2021

I met Barb at Iowa State shortly after we moved to Iowa. It is lonely to move where you know nobody. Barb befriended me immediately and became one of my best friends. When we moved to Kentucky Barb and Terry came to visit. Such friendship is a true gift I've always been grateful for.

Janis Stone

February 3, 2021

Barb was a kind, cheerful soul who was always ready to help anyone who arrived at her office with a question or needing to leave a message to forward here or there. Faithful secretaries were never applauded as they deserved. I enjoyed knowing Barb for many years. She contributed to my Collie Dog collection. I offer my sincere sympathy to her family. Janis Stone

Barbara Woods

February 1, 2021

I knew Barb for many years. She was part of group of women who socialized together. We had great times and she will be missed.