Barbara Maxine Hightower, 74, of Utica, MO passed away Monday, October 23, 2017 at her home in Utica, under the care of her family and St. Luke’s Hospice.

Barbara Maxine Hightower, 74, of Utica, MO passed away Monday, October 23, 2017 at her home in Utica, under the care of her family and St. Luke’s Hospice. Barbara was born in Salem, IA on June 10, 1943, the daughter of Fay Sylvester Cosgrove and Nevada Pearl Norman Cosgrove. She was a graduate of Southwest High School in Ludlow, MO. On June 11, 1961 Barbara married William Walter Hightower at the Chillicothe Church of Christ on Elm Street in Chillicothe, He preceded her in death on February 24, 2007. For 34 years, Barbara worked as a dark room developer for Bailey Studios in Chillicothe. She was a member of the Chillicothe Church of Christ and of CLIA (a Christian Ladies group in Utica. Barbara enjoyed gardening, growing flowers, and putting together family reunions. She was very active in all types of community service and was always willing to lend a hand to all who were I need. Barbara is survived by a son, David Allen Hightower of Mooresville, MO; grandson, Jacob Hightower (Nichole) of Mooresville; granddaughter, Katlin Hightower of RAF Lakenheath. England; several nieces, nephews and cousins. She was preceded in death by her parents; husband, William Hightower; son, Edward Hightower; two brothers, Edward Cosgrove and Larry Cosgrove. Memorials in honor of Barbara Hightower may be made to St. Luke’s Hospice and left at or mailed to Heritage Funeral Home 3141 N. Washington, Chillicothe, MO 64601. On line condolences may be left at www.heritage-becausewecare.com Funeral services will be held at 2:00 p.m. on Thursday, October 26, 2017 at Heritage Funeral Home. A visitation will be held from 1:00 p.m. until 2:00 p.m. on Thursday, October 26, 2017 at Heritage Funeral Home, Chillicothe. Arrangements are under the direction of Heritage Funeral Home, Chillicothe, MO.