In Memory of

Carol J. Barnum

November 16, 1935 - August 24, 2021
From: Gowrie, IA

Gowrie – Carol Jean Barnum 85, passed away Tuesday, August 24, 2021 at her home.  Memorial Services will be 10:30 a.m. Saturday, September 4, 2021 at the Palmer Funeral Home, Gowrie, with Pastor Jim Davis and Pastor Denise Berns officiating.  Burial will be at Gowrie Township Cemetery.  Memorials may be left to the discretion of the family.  Palmer Funeral Home, Gowrie is serving the family.

     Carol is survived by her 4 children; 4 grandchildren; 1 expected great-grandchild; brother Mark A. (Rhonda) Ingwersen; sister-in-law Lois (Barnum) LeValley; a number of cousins, including one in Germany.  She was preceded in death by her husband Dennis Barnum; and her parents, Louis and Lillian (Berner) Ingwersen.

     Carol Jean Ingwersen was born November 16, 1935 in Oxford Junction, Iowa.  She graduated from Oxford Junction High School, with the Class of 1953, and the University of Iowa College of Nursing in 1957.  In 1955, she was united in marriage to Dennis Barnum and together they raised four children, Sandra V. (Bradley Ebbesen), David L., Lisa M., and Kristin N. (Rodney) Dayton.  The couple lived in various locations in Iowa, Missouri, Nebraska, and California while Dennis pursued his career in education.  They retired to Gowrie in 1995. 

Memorial Services
10:30 a.m. - Saturday
September 4, 2021
Palmer Funeral Home
Gowrie, Iowa
Pastor Jim Davis
Pastor Denise Berns
Gowrie Township Cemetery
Gowrie, Iowa


Sunday, August 29, 2021 at 3:22 PM
“I have known and loved Carol ever since the first day of classes at Iowa - 1953. She, Rox and I lived across the hall from each other in Currier Hall. We never lost touch, although distances kept us apart. A sweeter person never walked the earth. All thoughts and prayers go out to her four children. She loved you dearly!”
- Mary Ferree

Friday, August 27, 2021 at 10:17 AM
“For all her friends and family, especially Sandy Barnum, whom I have had the pleasure of knowing and working with for years, you have my deepest sympathies on the loss of your loved one.”
- Michele Fromdahl

Thursday, August 26, 2021 at 5:46 PM
“The ones we love are never gone, they are always in our hearts. Carol’ s light will continue to shine through her children, grandchildren and the new expected one. I remember her kindness to everyone must of all. ”
- Vicki Dayton

Thursday, August 26, 2021 at 10:39 AM
“Barnum family,
I am heart sick to hear of Carol's passing. I'm so pleased that Lisa and Dave could be with her at the end. May she rest in peace. ”
- Patty Sully

Thursday, August 26, 2021 at 10:04 AM
“Remember the good times. I remember most her smile.”
- Ruthann Dayton

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