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Pamela Price Compiano

October 14, 1948July 9, 2018
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Pamela Price (Barbour) Compiano West Des Moines

Pamela Price Barbour and her husband were on their way to a vacation in Clearwater, Florida with their daughters and grandchildren when Pamela suffered a medical emergency in Columbus, Indiana. She was flown to Indianapolis where she continued her fight for four more weeks. She passed away on Monday, July 9th, at 10:00 a.m. at the age of 69. A Celebration of Life Service will be held 11 a.m. Monday at McLaren's Resthaven Chapel with burial at Glendale Cemetery. Visitation with the family will be from 3 to 5 p.m. Sunday at McLaren's with a prayer service at 5 p.m.

Pamela was born on October 14, 1948 in Knoxville, Iowa. She had a happy childhood in Knoxville, but she moved along with her family to Mitchellville at the age of 14. A year later, her family moved to Des Moines, where Pamela would spend the rest of her life.

Pamela met her husband, soulmate, and best friend, Thomas Compiano, while studying at the University of Iowa in 1967 when they were 18 years old. After a three and half year courtship, they were married on November 21st, 1970. Pam began to teach Spanish to middle school students. However, her true vocation started in 1973 when she and Tom had their first of four children, Christy. Pam devoted the rest of her life to her family. She became a stay at home mother. She eventually had four children, Christy, Kerry, Lindsay, and Tommy. This is where Pam shined the brightest and found her true calling in life. She placed her family above everything else. She dedicated her life to being the most compassionate, loving, sympathetic, caring, giving, and kind mother and wife. Pamela’s kindness did not stop with her most immediate family. She loved every creature, especially those that were in need of the most attention. She taught everyone she met by example how to be a kind person. She loved her animals, which came in every form, from dogs to cats, fish and rabbits, frogs and hamsters. There was not a creature that she didn’t love, and she was always the favorite of all her animals.

After her children were raised, Pam began to work in the family’s apartment business. She shined at this job because of her kind and gentle nature. She was always compassionate to her tenants, and always looked out for the down trodden and people who were low on their luck. She extended her faith to people in countless ways, and always tried to see the best in everyone. She never met anyone that had no value. Pam was always able to find the best in everyone she met, and she touched countless lives.

She will always be remembered and missed by all those she loved and touched. Pamela will be joining her beloved mother and father, Alex Barbour and Lillian Price Barbour and her in-laws, John and Kay Compiano, in heaven, as well as brother-in-law, Rex Carter; sister-in-law, Sue Barbour; and her dear friend, Ted Boecker. Her legacy is her family. She is survived by her husband, Thomas Steven Compiano of West Des Moines; children, Christy (John) Compiano Heitzman of Des Moines; Kerry (Kevin) Beveridge of Nashville, Tennessee; Lindsay (Eric) Marquardt of West Des Moines and Tommy Compiano of West Des Moines; six beloved grandchildren: AJ, Adam, Andy, Zoe, Thomas, and Vivien; three siblings, Penny Carter, Alex Barbour and Paula (Rick) Bennett; and a nephew, Kevin Carter.

In lieu of flowers memorial contributions may be given to St. Jude or the Animal Rescue League of Iowa.

  • FAMILY

  • Thomas Steven Compiano, Husband
  • Christy (John) Compiano-Heitzman, Daughter
  • Kerry (Kevin) Beveridge, Daughter
  • Lindsay (Eric) Marquardt, Daughter
  • Tommy Compiano, Son
  • AJ, Adam, Andy, Zoe, Thomas & Vivien, Six Grandchildren
  • Penny Carter, Sister
  • Alex Barbour, Brother
  • Paula (Rick) Bennett, Sister
  • Kevin Carter, Nephew
  • Lillian Myrtle Price, Mother
  • Alex Versal Barbour, Father
  • Rex Carter, Brother-in-law
  • Sue Barbour, Sister-in-law
  • PALLBEARERS

  • Sakib Selimovic, Active Pallbearer
  • Gail McIntosh, Active Pallbearer
  • Ray Wolf, Active Pallbearer
  • Alex Glann, Active Pallbearer
  • Dave Manning, Active Pallbearer
  • Myron Seeley, Active Pallbearer
  • Jim Galinsky, Honorary Pallbearer
  • Bob Akre, Honorary Pallbearer

Services

  • Celebration of Life Service Monday, July 16, 2018
  • Visitation Sunday, July 15, 2018
  • Prayer Service Sunday, July 15, 2018
REMEMBERING

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Jim Carmichael

July 19, 2018

I am so sorry to hear of Pam’s passing, I grew up next door to the Barbour’s, Hap and Lillian were great friends of my parents. Remember so many great times with this wonderful family, may you Rest In Peace Pam

JANET AND DAVE MANNING

July 15, 2018

WE WANT TO EXPRESS OUR CONDOLENCES TO THE FAMILY AND TO SAY HOW TRULY SORRY WE ARE. PAM WAS A WONDERFUL PERSON, KIND GENEROUS, ,, LOVING. WE WERE SO FORTUNATE TO HAVE HAD HER IN OUR LIVES, EVEN THOUGH IT WASN'T AS LONG AS WE WOULD HAVE LIKED. WE SHARED A LOT OF FUN TIMES . TIMES WE'LL NEVER FORGET. WHAT AN EXTRAORDINARY PERSON! I'LL MISS HER TERRIBLY!!!


Paula Bennett

July 15, 2018

I loved seeing the family photos posted. What a wonderful life she had. I have such vivid memories of our childhood together. She always included me in her various activities, e.g., going “uptown” in Knoxville on Friday nights, going to the Rayola Cafe, Pinkie’s Drive In , Rexall Drug for green rivers, the Knoxville swimming pool, or “chaperoning “ her parties, going to movies with her and her friends, (I was the lucky one who got to sit on the coats.). No one could have asked for a better big sister. I always looked up to her. I will never forget that smile or how her eyes would light up when she was happy. She will be greatly missed by all who knew her but - oh what great memories we have. All my love to Tom, her children and her grandchildren. I am so very sorry for our loss.

Paula Allen

July 15, 2018

My condolences to Kerry and the Compiano family. I understand your mother was a wonderful woman. I know you will keep her memory alive through your acts and words.

Lisa Barbour-Sanchez

July 14, 2018

May care and love of those around you provide comfort and peace to get you through the days ahead. You were truly blessed with a wonderful wife, mother, grandmother, sister, aunt and friend. My heartfelt condolences.

James Galinsky

July 14, 2018

For almost two decades, Pam, Tom and their family have been my business Partners. I worked closely with Pam in managing the business of running our growing apartment enterprise. We have been a true family. I was blessed to have Pam as a Partner and she contributed greatly to our success. She was gentle but dogmatic as a business woman and was a friend to all who met and knew her.

Pam passed away too young. But to the Compiano family in this time of sadness and grief, take solace in knowing that our Pam is truly at peace.

With love,

Elise and Jim Galinsky and family.

Donna Rodgers Jackson

July 13, 2018

I am so sorry to hear of Pam’s passing. Her family is in my thoughts and prayers during this difficult time.

Mary Compiano Taylor

July 13, 2018

I have fond memories of my sister-in-law Pam. She was true blue and kind to the core. My heartfelt sympathy to her loving family. Rest In Peace dear Pam.

Tammy Ross

July 12, 2018

I pray for God's strength and His peace for Pam's family during this sorrowful time. Pam was a very caring and compassionate person. She always made me feel that things will be okay when various tragedies happened in my family. I am forever grateful for her kindness and generosity to my brother, Kevin. She will be truly missed!
Love,
Tammy

Alex Barbour

July 12, 2018

May care and love of those around you provide comfort and peace to get you through the days ahead. Our most sincere condolences.

Biography

Price (Barbour) Compiano
West Des Moines

Pamela Price Barbour and her husband were on their way to a vacation in Clearwater, Florida with their daughters and grandchildren when Pamela suffered a medical emergency in Columbus, Indiana. She was flown to Indianapolis where she continued her fight for four more weeks. She passed away on Monday, July 9th, at 10:00 a.m. at the age of 69.

A Celebration of Life Service will be held 11 a.m. Monday at McLaren's Resthaven Chapel with burial at Glendale Cemetery. Visitation with the family will be from 3 to 5 p.m. Sunday at McLaren's with a prayer service at 5 p.m.

Pamela was born on October 14, 1948 in Knoxville, Iowa. She had a happy childhood in Knoxville, but she moved along with her family to Mitchellville at the age of 14. A year later, her family moved to Des Moines, where Pamela would spend the rest of her life.

Pamela met her husband, soulmate, and best friend, Thomas Compiano, while studying at the University of Iowa in 1967 when they were 18 years old. After a three and half year courtship, they were married on November 21st, 1970. Pam began to teach Spanish to middle school students. However, her true vocation started in 1973 when she and Tom had their first of four children, Christy. Pam devoted the rest of her life to her family. She became a stay at home mother. She eventually had four children, Christy, Kerry, Lindsay, and Tommy. This is where Pam shined the brightest and found her true calling in life. She placed her family above everything else. She dedicated her life to being the most compassionate, loving, sympathetic, caring, giving, and kind mother and wife. Pamela’s kindness did not stop with her most immediate family. She loved every creature, especially those that were in need of the most attention. She taught everyone she met by example how to be a kind person. She loved her animals, which came in every form, from dogs to cats, fish and rabbits, frogs and hamsters. There was not a creature that she didn’t love, and she was always the favorite of all her animals.

After her children were raised, Pam began to work in the family’s apartment business. She shined at this job because of her kind and gentle nature. She was always compassionate to her tenants, and always looked out for the down trodden and people who were low on their luck. She extended her faith to people in countless ways, and always tried to see the best in everyone. She never met anyone that had no value. Pam was always able to find the best in everyone she met, and she touched countless lives.

She will always be remembered and missed by all those she loved and touched. Pamela will be joining her beloved mother and father, Alex Barbour and Lillian Price Barbour and her in-laws, John and Kay Compiano, in heaven, as well as brother-in-law, Rex Carter; sister-in-law, Sue Barbour; and her dear friend, Ted Boecker. Her legacy is her family. She is survived by her husband, Thomas Steven Compiano of West Des Moines; children, Christy (John) Compiano Heitzman of Des Moines; Kerry (Kevin) Beveridge of Nashville, Tennessee; Lindsay (Eric) Marquardt of West Des Moines and Tommy Compiano of West Des Moines; six beloved grandchildren: AJ, Adam, Andy, Zoe, Thomas, and Vivien; three siblings, Penny Carter, Alex Barbour and Paula (Rick) Bennett; and a nephew, Kevin Carter.

In lieu of flowers memorial contributions may be given to St. Jude or the Animal Rescue League of Iowa.