Barbe R. McGee


Barbe Renee McGee, age 65 of Fulton, passed away Saturday, June 22, 2019 at Mercy One in Clinton, Iowa. A Mass will be celebrated at 10:00 AM on Saturday, June 29, 2019 at Prince of Peace Parish. Visitation will be from 4:00 to 7:00 PM Friday at the Pape Funeral Home. Burial will be in the Fulton Township Cemetery.

Barbe was born in Clinton, Iowa on August 10, 1953, the daughter of William and Monica (Slattery) Ries. She graduated from Clinton High School in 1971 and received a Business Degree from Northeast Missouri State in Kirksville, MO in 1975. Barbe married Robert McGee on November 11, 1980 at St. Irenaeus Church in Clinton. She had been a flight attendant with Orzark Airlines, later TWA and for 35 years worked with her husband Robert in his law office.

Barbe was a member of Prince of Peace Parish and most recently served as Co-President of the Curtis Mansion Historical Foundation. During her tenure on the YWCA Board of Directors, she received a Women of Achievement Award. She also previously served on the Mercy Hospital Foundation Board and volunteered throughout the years in the Mercy Auxiliary.

Barbe was first and foremost a wonderful mother and wife. From the moment her eldest granddaughter, Peaches, was born her days were filled with the joy of being a grandparent. She loved to collect shells on Sanibel Beach with her grandchildren. Barbe never missed a birthday or holiday and made exceptional effort to see that Christmas was special. She talked with her sons everyday regardless of where they were. She enjoyed the times spent with her friends and sharing a bottle of wine. Barbe was a talented decorator and offered her services to various charitable events.

Most importantly, Barbe fought her final illness with incredible dignity and valor. She never complained of sickness or why it happened to her. Even during times of intense struggle, she always put others first. She lived her final days with dignity and grace. God gained a beautiful angel.

Barbe is survived by her husband, Bob; 3 sons, Matt (Katie) McGee of Longmont, CO Pat (Helena) McGee of Barcelona, Spain, and John (Angie) McGee of DeWitt; 6 grandchildren, Izabella "Peaches", Stella, Elin, Jack, Mia baby Matt and a soon to be born granddaughter. Barbe enjoyed a lifelong and loving relationship with her twin sister, Beth Ryan of San Diego, CA. She was preceded in death by her parents and her brother Bradley Ries. A memorial has been established for her grandchildren's education. Online condolences may be left at
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Linda Delleman Fish (AHS โ€˜71)
Jun 28, 2019
So sorry for your loss Bob.
Liz Ford
Jun 28, 2019
I will always remember her true from-the-inside-out beauty and kindness and her living life to its fullest. Thinking of all of Barbeโ€™s family and friends and sending love.
Christine Koos Ashton
Jun 27, 2019
So very sorry to hear this sad news. Even tho I never was fortunate to meet Barbe, I knew the McGee family well growing up as their next door neighbor. My sincere condolences to Bobbie McGee and family.
Rick Schloemer
Jun 27, 2019
Bob and family - my deepest sympathies on Barbe's passing. I can't imagine how deep your loss must be. I will keep you in my prayers and may God grant eternal light unto her.
Jim & Margie Adams
Jun 25, 2019
Our deepest sympathy to you and your family. So very sorry to hear of Barbeโ€™s death.
Sheila Allocco
Jun 25, 2019
My family lived a house away from the Ries family. Barbe and Beth loved to play Barbie, so we spent many days playing dress up. Great memories
Jim and a Karen Rastrelli
Jun 25, 2019
Oh what great memories we have of the girls. When they were just little ones , wanting to be a waitress, to full blown waitresses,they were the best. May God Bless the whole family, and please remember we loved her and Beth too.
Kathy Schroeder
Jun 25, 2019
My sincere sympathies to the family! Iโ€™m so sorry to hear of her passing so young.....๐Ÿ™๐Ÿป๐Ÿ™๐Ÿป๐Ÿ™๐Ÿป๐Ÿ™๐Ÿป๐Ÿ™๐Ÿป๐Ÿ™๐Ÿป๐Ÿ™๐Ÿป๐Ÿ˜”
Fran Schneden Wessels
Jun 25, 2019
Such sad news. Her light will continue to shine brightly through her sons and her grandbabies. Peace and love to the families.
Linda ( Hinrichsen) Wessels
Jun 25, 2019
I am so sorry to learn of the worldโ€™s loss of such a special lady. Prayers to her family at this very difficult time. Heaven did, indeed, gain an angel.
Maresca family
Jun 25, 2019
So sorry for your loss. Our deepest sympathies go out to Barbeโ€™s family. May God give you the comfort and peace that you seek and may the soul of your loved one rest in peace. (CHS 1971)
Gloria Raun
Jun 25, 2019
A beautiful person is never forgotten You made the sunshine in a shady place...You were always loving,giving and caring and will be missed.You are Gods angel now watching over everyone..Everyone that knew you was blessed.Ill never forget you.
Molly Murphy-Iovino
Jun 25, 2019
I sit here stunned, I had no idea that Barbe had been sick. Another reminder that everyday is a gift! May you be soaring high in heaven Barbe with your family and friends. Godโ€™s blessings!
Toni Renier
Jun 25, 2019
May memories of Barbe and the love of family surround you and give all of you strength in the days ahead. My deepest sympathies.
Sharie (Miller( Shupp
Jun 24, 2019
So very sorry to learn this sad news. I was a Clinton High School classmare of Barbe and Beth's. Prayers for her loving family in this difficult time
Bill & Anita Spiegel
Jun 24, 2019
Our thoughts and prayers go out to Barbe and her family.
Jacen Pease
Jun 24, 2019
My deepest condolences go out to Bob and the entire McGee family.

I am so very sorry for your loss.