Barbara Culver

June 21, 1948October 9, 2021

Barb Culver, 73, of Des Moines passed away on October 9, 2021. Barb was born daughter of Sonny and Doris Culver in 1948 in Algona, Iowa.

She grew up in Dickens, Iowa, and graduated from South Clay High School. She remained in Dickens, where she raised her family. For the last 30 years, she resided in Des Moines, Iowa.

As a young girl, Barb enjoyed school and participated in school sports, such as basketball, volleyball, and softball. She continued to play volleyball and softball in adult leagues. Her hobbies included crocheting, sewing, reading, and enjoyed camping with her family.

Barb adored her children, Lee and Kris. She was an amazing mother, sister, and grandmother. In 1999, her first grandson Derek was born and in 2004, her second grandson Dominick was born. She loved her new role as Grandma. Her grandchildren were her life and she loved attending every activity they participated in. She was their loudest cheerleader and will continue to cheer for them from heaven.

She worked in the lunchroom and Early Ed room at Des Moines Christian School until her death.

She is preceded in death by her parents, step-father, and grandparents. Barb is survived by her children Lee Tielbur (Scott Davis) and Kristine Tielbur, brother Tom Culver (Peggy), and grandsons, Derek Tielbur and Dominick Berry.


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Madeline Rickman

October 24, 2021

Grew up with Barb and brother Tom. Marlene Erne, Shyral Nelsen and myself lived a few houses apart. Barb loved her kids and especially her grandsons very much. At X-mas she always sent cards with pictures of the boys and so have seen them grow from little ones to the large guys they are today. Prayers to the whole family. Madeline Rickman (Simington).

Nita Hargrave Richards

October 16, 2021

Went to school at South Clay with Barb and her brother Tom. Was sorry to hear about her death. Much Sympathy to the family.

John Jones

October 16, 2021

Barb and I literally grew up together, our Dads who also grew up together were good friends. We spent many Friday nights at their home when I was a kid, they had a TV before we did. We have stayed in touch in recent years but, sadly had not seen each other for some time. my wife reminded me last night that my Mom babysat Barb's kids for a while in the '70s. I had hoped to see her again and I still hope to. Rest in Peace , Barb, May the perpetual light shine upon you...........

John Goodhue

October 15, 2021

This is on behalf of Jonah Goodhue, age 9. Ms. Barb was one of Jonah's favorite people at Des Moines Christian. He enjoyed his time with her at After The Bell and really appreciated that she would chat with him in the cafeteria and share what was going on in her life. He always appreciates being treated as a person and not just a kid and Ms. Barb understood that. She is missed.

Tom & Traci Peters

October 14, 2021

Our family was so sadden by the news of Barb’s passing. She was so special to both our children at Des Moines Christian. She always made time to talk with us even at the end of a long day and we often enjoyed her company walking in or meeting in the hallway. Her love for our children was always present and during Covid lockdown she called and visited with the girls and it meant so much to all of us. She will be truly missed.

Shyral Nelsen

October 14, 2021

Barb and I grew up in Dickens , three houses down.. There are lots of memories. The one I remember most is, her mother Doris calling out the front door for supper the whole town could hear her. I am going to miss our visits when I go to Grimes to see my family. So sorry for your loss. God be with you all.

Barbara Slota

October 13, 2021

I am at a loss for words! This was a shock to me and I am so sad to hear this. Barb and I were great friends in high school and like everyone else lost track of each other over the years. Just saw her a few years ago when she came for the "Granny" basketball game in Spencer. Same Barb, and brought back many memories. Heaven gained any angel for sure. My sincere sympathy to her family. Barbara Gibson Miller Slota

Dorothy Rust

October 13, 2021

Sending prayers of comfort and peace to Barb's family. We sent many hours on the basketball court at South Clay High School; work hard, play hard!! Barb's smile and hard work ethic kept our team primed for every game. You are missed, dear friend!!

Diana Oberender

October 13, 2021

I am sorry ! Barb and I were friends for many years. I loved seeing her at fareway. My deepest condolences..

LaVonne Anderson

October 13, 2021

To family o Barb Culver. You have my sympathy.. I was in grade school at Gillett Grove and I remember Barb being in high school. I adored her and was delighted that she would take time to smile say “Hi” and acknowledge a little kid. After my cousin Larry Salton died Feb.26, 2020 Barb consoled me and told me she had dated him a couple times back in school. I loved reconnecting with her years later and being friends on Facebook where she had uplifting posts. She was and is so proud of her family! This is what I wrote when I shared Barb’s obituary on Facebook:
I’m sharing this sad news so friends from South Clay will see. Barb was a few years older than me but I thought she was beautiful friendly and cool which I told her at a school reunion. She graciously thanked me still cool and beautiful as ever. I always enjoyed when I got to see her. She came to our all school reunions, lit up the place with her smile, energy and enthusiasm as she was welcomed by everyone.Prayers of comfort for her family. God bless the memory of Barb Culver. Heaven gained an angel.