Barbara Elam, 82, a longtime resident of Cedar Rapids, passed away Tuesday, July 10, 2018. A service will be held at 11 a.m. on Monday, July 16, at the Cedar Memorial Park Chapel of Memories. There will be a memorial held one hour prior, at 10 a.m. at the chapel.
Barbara was born on June 28, 1936, in LeClede, Mo. She moved to Cedar Rapids as a child, spending most of her life in the Oak Hill neighborhood. Barbara loved her community and spent many years as a civil rights activist and community volunteer. She accepted Christ as her savior at Mt. Zion Missionary Baptist Church, where she was extremely active, singing in the choir. She also was a vocalist in the Cedar Rapids Follies and at numerous events, including weddings, funerals, nursing homes and schools. Her spiritual journey led her to work with people and use her gift of singing.
Barbara is survived by her children, Elaine and William Elam Jr.; two grandchildren, Hailey and Tanner Elam; a great-granddaughter, Honey Rose; a brother, Richard (Jan) Johnson; and many nieces, nephews, great-nieces, great-nephews and cousins.
She was preceded in death by her parents, Marian and LeRoy Moody.
In lieu of flowers, memorials may be directed to the family.
Thoughts, memories and condolences may be left to the Elam family by visiting www.cedarmemorial.com under obituaries.