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Barbara Merrifield

September 14, 2022


Barbara M. Merrifield, Age 74, of Manley, NE passed away September 14, 2022, in Lincoln, NE.

Barb was born May 21, 1948, to Larry and Betty Eastman in Des Moines.  After their divorce she was adopted by her stepfather, Marvin Watson in his marriage to Betty.  Growing up, Barb took dance and acrobatics at the famed Marv and Betty Watson Dance and Tumbling Studio in Des Moines.  She continued to dance and then taught lessons when her mother had health issues during the 70’s and 80’s.  Barb graduated from North High School in 1966 and married shortly after.  She bore four children from this marriage.  After a divorce, Barb married Michael Merrifield in June 1985.

During her adult years she worked as a homemaker, a Pharmacy Tech at Mercy Hospital, an office manager, and then as a Travel Agent in Las Vegas.  She enjoyed bowling, karaoke and traveling.  She retired to Mission, Texas and after some health issues, relocated to Manley, Nebraska.

Barb was preceded in death by her husband, Mike, her parents, two sisters, Vicki Lee Shelburg and Lana Roland, and a brother, Lennox “Ben” Eastman. 

She is survived by her four children, Tim (Laura) Glas of Manley, NE, Matt (Kathy) Glas of Ankeny, IA, Steve (Terri) Glas of Des Moines, IA and Amy (Bobby) Reynolds of Des Moines, IA as well as a sister,

Lynda (Mike) Rogers of Shattuck, OK, and 4 brothers, Tom Watson of Puyallup, WA, Larry (Andrea Ross) Eastman of Fayetteville, AR, Lin Eastman of El Reno, OK and Lee (Valene) Eastman of El Reno, OK, along with 9 grandchildren and 6 great-grandchildren and many extended relatives.

A Visitation will be held at the O’Leary’s Funeral home in Norwalk on Monday, September 19, 2022 from 6PM to 8PM.  A graveside service will be held on Tuesday, September 20, 2022at Highland Memory Gardens in Des Moines at 3PM.  Memorials may be sent to her family at PO Box 86, Manley, NE 68403 for a memorial table or bench at the Manley Community Park.

To send flowers to the family, please visit our floral store.


September 19, 2022

6:00 PM to 8:00 PM
O'Leary Celebration of Life Center
1020 Main Street
Norwalk, IA 50211

Graveside Service
September 20, 2022

3:00 PM
Highland Memory Gardens, Des Moines


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