Barbara T. Doan

February 23, 1935August 13, 2013

BARBARA T. DOAN West Des Moines

Barbara T. Doan died peacefully August 13, 2013, at Arbor Springs in West Des Moines, IA, following a lengthy illness.

Barbara was born on February 23, 1935 in Davenport, IA to Dr. James W. and Eloise C. Thayer. She graduated from the Villa de Chantal in Rock Island, IL, in 1953, the University of Iowa in 1957 with a BA degree with a major in elementary education and did post-graduate work at Drake University.

She was united in marriage with D T Doan on August 17, 1957 in Davenport, IA, and, after teaching in elementary schools in Cedar Rapids and Iowa City, IA, was a homemaker after moving to Des Moines, IA in 1960. Barbara and D T traveled extensively throughout the world for many years until her failing health made travel difficult.

Barbara was a member of the Alpha Xi Delta Sorority and St. Francis of Assisi Catholic Church.

Barbara is survived by her husband of 55 years, D T, and by their children: Kathleen (James) Best of Clive, IA, and Michael (Marianne) Doan of Wilmette, IL, and their grandchildren: Sarah and Greg Best and Katie, Robbie and James Doan. She was preceded in death by her parents and only sibling, James W. Thayer, Jr.

Visitation with the family will be from 6 to 8 pm on Thursday, August 15, 2013 at McLaren’s Resthaven Chapel in West Des Moines, IA. Private funeral services will be held at St. Francis of Assisi Catholic Church in West Des Moines, IA on Friday, August 16, 2013.

Memorials may be directed to St. Francis of Assisi Catholic Church in West Des Moines or Arbor Springs in West Des Moines.



  • Visitation Thursday, August 15, 2013


  • Private Funeral Service

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Lori Kampschroer

August 18, 2013

Mike and Kathy and Mr. Doan,
I'm so sorry to learn of your Mom's (Barbara's) passing. I have many great memories in the Doan household with Mrs. Doan. My thoughts and prayers are with you.

August 16, 2013

D.T. thoughts and prayers go with you and your family...a friend from your hometown....Melisa Harlan Christians

August 15, 2013

D T,
We are so saddened to hear the news of Barbara passing. May you and your family find peace during this difficult time.
Carol and David Merriam

Brian Near

August 15, 2013

Mike & family - I am so sorry for your loss. My thoughts and prayers go out to your family. Peace

John Horning

August 15, 2013

DT, Kathy, and Mike - I received the sad news today concerning Barb's passing. First, let me extend my sincere condolences to each of you -- I'm so sorry for your loss. Second, DT, my sisters and I greatly appreciate not only the help we received from you following Dad's death, but also the many hours Barb gave so selflessly in serving him during the final months of his life (30 years ago in September). You're all in my thoughts and prayers.

Marla Lacey and Steve Znerold

August 15, 2013

DT - Our deepest sympathy to you and your family at this difficult time.

Wendy Ralph-Callahan

August 14, 2013

DT - thinking of you and your family and wishing for peace and comfort for you all right now.

Kristi Ralph-Holzer

August 14, 2013

DT, I'm so very sorry to hear. Wendy let me know about Barbara's passing and I wanted to send my condolences. My family's prayers are with you.

Laura Adkins

August 14, 2013

Barbara was a great lady. I always enjoyed being with her and talking with her. I loved her sense of humor. I hope she meets Jess in Heaven, they would get along well. My thoughts and prayers are with your family.
Love, Laura Adkins

Beth Wargo

August 14, 2013

DT and Fanily. I am so sorry for your loss. My thoughts and prayers are with you all.