Barbara Foley, 87, Albert Lea

Published 8:50 am Tuesday, October 26, 2010

Memorial services for Barbara Idelle Foley, of Albert Lea, will be held at 10 a.m. Thursday at Bonnerup Funeral Service, Albert Lea. Friends may call one hour prior to the service at the funeral home. The Rev. Dwight Netzer will officiate. Private interment will be in Lakewood Cemetery. Barbara died on Monday morning, Oct. 25, 2010, at the Good Samaritan Center. She was 87 years of age.


Barbara was born on Aug. 3, 1923, in Chicago, the daughter of Thomas J. and Blanche (Hartman) Thompson.

She was united in marriage to Newman C. Foley on Aug. 24, 1957, in Deerfield, Ill. Barbara was a member of the First Presbyterian Church in Albert Lea. Barbara had many talents, which included being an award-winning photographer and a professional singer. She was a member of the First Presbyterian Church and the Federated Women’s Club where she had served as past president. She enjoyed knitting and gardening.

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Barbara is survived by her children: Martha Foley of Buffalo Grove, Ill., Thomas and his wife Pamela Foley of Longwood, Fla., and their children: Brad and Nicholas, Kimber and her husband Alan Swenson of Cody, Wyo., and their children Ben, Casey and Maida, Kirk Foley of Friday Harbor, Wash., and his children: Jessica, Peter and Matthew. There are eight great-grandchildren.

She was preceded in death by her parents and husband, Newman, on Sept. 22, 2010.

In lieu of flowers memorials suggested to Barbara’ s favorite charity, Children Incorporated, 4205 Dover Road, Richmond, VA 23221-3267.