Barbara Ann (Servold) Jones

November 29, 1947 - October 16, 2020

Service: As per the family, she was cremated and private family services will be held.

        Barbara Ann (Servold) Jones, 72 years old, was received into her Heavenly home by her Lord and Savior, on October 16, 2020. She left her earthly life doing what she loved, which was working with the homeless in Bisbee, Arizona.

     She was born in Sioux Falls, SD on November 29, 1947, to deaf parents, Donald and Lorraine (Mayrose) Servold as the oldest of four children. Her passion for the deaf community was apparent all of her life as she became an interpreter first for her parents and then later on was employed with Deaf Services Commission of Iowa (DSCI) as an American Sign Language interpreter (ASL) with an RID certification. She was a strong advocate for all deaf individuals statewide. Her love was evident in that she specifically made it her mission to educate adults and children about their American Disabilities Act (ADA) rights within their communities.  She combined her love of camping and teaching by helping to establish the Junior Commission program for DSCI.

                Hobbies included fishing, baking (with butter), machine embroidering…there wasn’t a craft she hadn’t tried. She especially enjoyed spending time with her grandchildren making a variety of crafts. And many of these items were given away in love.

                She had a way of putting people at ease and making sure they knew they were included in activities and encouraging them to try new things. Barb will definitely leave a hole in so many people she has touched along the way.

                She is survived by her two sons, Donald Lee Servold and Bret Allen Austin, along with her grandchildren, Jaron and Jensen Servold, Saylor and Carly Austin, Gage Plueger and sisters, Nancy (Leroy) Feekes of Beloit, IA, Jeanne (Richard) Stonefield of Sioux Falls, SD and sister-in-law, Debbie (Rowse) Servold of Aurora, CO.

                As per the family, she was cremated and private family services will be held.

                Barb was preceded in death by both her parents and brother, David.

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  1. Mona Gorman on November 4, 2020 said:

    Barb was such a wonderful person. So very glad she was in our lives. So sorry for your loss.

  2. Karen Potter-Maxwell on November 4, 2020 said:

    I was a commissioner while Barb worked at DSCI. I learned so much from Barb and had so much fun with her before and after meetings. A true champion for the rights of the Deaf Community. Please accept my sincere sympathies for your loss. A friend.

  3. Shirley D Peterson (Knorr) on November 4, 2020 said:

    Servold’s lived west of us through our pasture when Barb was young. she used to baby sit our kids occasionally. RIP Barb.

  4. Janice Hawkins on November 4, 2020 said:

    I worked with Barb at DSCI, a fellow CODA, & could see how dedicated she was to doing the best she could for the Deaf Community in Iowa. She was warm & everyone loved her. Rest In Peace, dear lady.

  5. Katherine (Bell) Ringgenberg on November 4, 2020 said:

    My sincere sympathy goes out to each one of you. I remember when Barb used to sign for Kelo Land. I’m so sorry for your loss.

  6. Molly Minihan on November 5, 2020 said:

    Bret and Don, I’m sorry to hear about the loss of your mom. Your family will be in my thoughts and prayers.

  7. Sharon Tentinger on November 6, 2020 said:

    Donnie and Bret, I was blessed to have Barb as my first cousin. We had many talks during her visits to my farm and over the phone. She always could make a person laugh and she helped me through the loss of my husband. She showed me many different craft ideas and quilt patterns, always encouraging me to try new things. Now she is with the Lord with no pain or tears. She will be missed by many …..sorry for the loss of your mother.

  8. Faye Tullar Seiders on November 6, 2020 said:

    So sorry for your loss. Thoughts and prayers are with all of you.

  9. Todd Gries on November 6, 2020 said:

    Don, Brett, I am so sorry for your loss. Your mother was a wonderful and thoughtful woman with a big heart. My thoughts and prayers are with you and your families.