Barbara A. “Barb” Mullady

Barbara A. “Barb” Mullady, age 65, of Dubuque, IA, completed her earthly journey on September 27, 2023, at UnityPoint Finley Hospital in Dubuque with her loving family by her side.  To honor Barb’s life, a Celebration of Life will be held at a later date.  The Tri-State Cremation Center is humbly serving Barb’s family.


Barb was born on July 21, 1958, in Dubuque, IA, a daughter to Bernard “Bernie” and Elizabeth “Betty” (Beauchamp) Mullady.  She was born and raised in Dubuque and enjoyed the opportunity to be surrounded by family and friends throughout her entire life.  Barb devoted over 27 years of her working career at the Diamond Jo Casino.  She spent her days visiting with her co-workers as well as the folks who came in to test their luck on any given day.  In her free-time, Barb was always up for a little retail therapy and antiquing whenever possible, or catching the next great rock concert that made it’s way into the area.  She also enjoyed spending a little time in her gardens, as well as warm summer days out at Leisure Lake.  Her greatest joy though was surely found in following her grandkids around and attending their school programs and sporting events.  Barb treasured her loved one’s most and any hour spent by their side was considered to be time well spent.  We will miss our dear Barb moving forward, her quite contentment and ability to simply be in the moment, but we know that her earthly battles have been fought with diligence and now she must rest from those trials.  Thank you, Barb, for leaving behind plenty of memories to help ease the pain of your absence and may you find eternal peace until we meet again. 


Those left behind to cherish the memory of Barb include,

her two loving children,

Joshua “Josh” (Victoria) Mullady, Hendersonville, TN,

and Kaylyn “Katie” (fiancé Justin Paisley) Mullady, Dubuque, IA;


her three adored grandchildren,

Cody “C.J.” Springer, Jr.,

Annabella Paisley,

and Xzayvior Paisley, all of Dubuque, IA;


her brother,

William “Billy” Mullady, Bernard, IA;


her niece and nephew,

Alanna Mullady,

and Bernie (Katie) Mullady, Wauconda, IL;


her great-nephew,

Sterling Mullady, Wauconda, IL;


along with numerous extended family, friends, and neighbors.


Barb was preceded in death by her parents; and her sister, Betsy Mullady.


Barb’s family would like to thank the doctors, nurses and staff at Finley Hospital, especially Diane, for all of the professional and compassionate care they have provided both Barb and her family. 


In lieu of flowers, a Barbara A. Mullady memorial fund has been established.


Online condolences may be shared with Barb’s family at

To honor Barb’s life, a Celebration of Life will be held at a later date.

4 comments on “Barbara A. “Barb” Mullady
  1. Sheila Beauchamp-Thola says:

    What a fabulous life we have lived together! Raised by the “Greatest Generation” there was no end to fun family vacations and all our holidays together… we were blessed.. See you on the other side love…

  2. Karen J (Kobs) Boraiko says:

    I just found out this morning. I am at a loss for words. I have known Barb my whole life. Our parents were close friends. We spent birthdays together, picnics and time at each others homes while our parents played cards. I don’t live in DBQ anymore but always looked forward to seeing Barb at the casino when I was visiting. My thoughts and prayers to her children and her brother Billy.

  3. L.R. GNADE says:

    I worked with Barb at the Diamond Jo for fourteen years. She always had such a positive attitude. My sincere condolences to the whole family.

  4. Shari L. Wissing says:

    I’ve known Barb for a long time. I first met her through her sister, Betsy who I went to school with and was friends with. After Betsy passed, I reconnected with Barb in my late teens and early 20’s through Betsy Sawvell and Marie Dress. We’d meet at Barbs house on a Friday night and she drove us around town to all the bars. I’m not sure if she drove all the time because she didn’t drink too much, or if she was the only one that had a car, but anyway, we would go to the King of clubs, Finale, Butters bar, Central tap and then to our favorite “Cheers bar” The City tap. She would whip around those corners in that car that had no power steering like nobody’s business. We always got a laugh out of that.

    As we grew up and apart, I would see Barb at the casino and she would always stop to chat and tell us the latest gossip, or news about what was going on, or just to rub our machine to give us good luck. We did hit the jackpot one time after this and stopped at her house to give her a big tip as we knew she would have had to share it at work and we wanted her to have it herself. She sure talked a lot about her kids and grandkids and you could tell they were her life’s passions. She missed her mom and Betsy terribly and now she will be reunited with them. All my sympathies to her children, grandchildren, and brother Billy.

    RIP Barb. Hope to see you on the other side

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