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Barbara Cave

November 19, 1930 ~ January 4, 2024 (age 93) 93 Years Old

Barbara Cave Obituary

Barbara Clare Morgan Cave, 93, of Burlington died Thursday, January 4, 2024, at the Klein Center in West Burlington.

Born November 19, 1930, in Flint, Michigan, she was the daughter of Wilson E. Morgan and Gertrude E. Hunt Morgan. 

From an early age, Barbara was a gifted artist. Painting in oils, pastel and watercolor, she even painted a wall mural in her family home to the delight of her parents. She was very shy as a young girl but was able to overcome her shyness with a gift for conversation that brought a smile and kindness to all she met. She graduated from York High School in Elmhurst, IL and went on to earn a degree in education from Elmhurst College. After graduation, she was hired to teach at Emerson Elementary School in Elmhurst. She spent a summer at the University of Colorado painting the beautiful Colorado landscape. 

On April 2, 1955, she married Robert Harrington Cave at St. Luke's Church in Elmhurst. Their first child, Elizabeth, was born in 1956, followed by Katherine, Carolyn, and William. Barbara made her home in West Dundee, IL until 1972 where she taught Sunday School at St. James Episcopal Church and was a Brownie troop leader. When her family moved to Vermillion, SD, she started Linden Preschool which was a prime location for University of South Dakota early education students to observe as part of their curriculum. In 1976, the family relocated to Burlington, where she taught third and fifth grades at Flint Hills, North Hill, Perkins and Prospect Elementary. After retirement, Barbara was a member of Meet the Masters, a volunteer group that taught art to fifth graders in Burlington schools. Over the years, she would enjoy her former students stopping by her home to visit. 

She was a devout member of Christ Episcopal Church and the Christ Church Angel Guild. Barbara had a great passion for art, which she passed along to her children and grandchildren. She was also awarded Burlington Artist of the Year in 2017.

Survivors include three daughters, Elizabeth (Gene) Chrischilles of Iowa City, Katherine (Bryan) Bockhop of Woodstock, GA, and Carolyn Cave of Kansas City, KS; one son, William Cave of Kansas City, MO; six grandchildren, Ben Chrischilles, Jillian Crombie, Christian Bockhop, Claire Sowell, Teddy Bockhop, and Leo Messer; and four great grandchildren, Chloe Chrischilles, Teddy Chrischilles, Colton Crombie, and Charlotte Bockhop. 

Besides her husband of 56 years, she was preceded in death by her parents and sister Nancy Stasi.

Visitation with the family to receive friends will be from 4:00 PM until 6:00 PM Wednesday, January 10, 2024, at Prugh Funeral Service, 3940 Division Street.

The funeral service for Mrs. Cave will be 11:00 AM Thursday, January 11, 2024, at Christ Episcopal Church with Father Carl Mann officiating.  Burial will be in Aspen Grove Cemetery.  A time of food and fellowship will be held at Christ Episcopal Church following the burial.

Memorials have been established for Christ Episcopal Church and Doctors Without Borders. 

Prugh Funeral Service is in care of the arrangements.

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January 10, 2024

12:00 PM to 6:00 PM
Prugh Funeral Service
3940 Division Street
Burlington, IA 52601

Family Receive Friends
January 10, 2024

4:00 PM to 6:00 PM
Prugh Funeral Service
3940 Division Street
Burlington, IA 52601

Funeral Service
January 11, 2024

11:00 AM
Christ Episcopal Church
623 N. 5th
Burlington, IA 52601


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