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Glen Abbey Memorial Park & Mortuary

3838 Bonita Road, Bonita, CA

OBITUARY

Barbara Lee Willard

March 27, 1948June 24, 2020

Barbara Lee Willard, age 72 of O'Fallen, Illinois, formerly a long-time resident of San Diego, CA passed away peacefully in the comfort of her home with her family on June 24th 2020.

Barbara was a loving mother and devoted grandmother who graciously raised her child and grandchildren. She willing put everyone before herself all the time and truly wanted the best for every individual she encountered. She was a selfless, respectable, and vibrant soul.

Barbara is survived by her daughter, Gina Willard, her four grandchildren, Lace Ruckman, Daniel Willard,Taryn Collins and Noah Christian and her Great grandchildren, Caden,Liam, Ryder, Jade, Bentley, Mason, Aaliyah and Plousha Jr.

Please help us lay our loved grandmother to rest. Anything helps and everything is great fully appreciated.

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Fond memories and expressions of sympathy may be shared at https://www.dignitymemorial.com/obituaries/bonita-ca/barbara-willard-9237612 for Barbara's family.

A memorial service will occur on Friday, July 17th, 2020 from 1:00 PM to 2:00 PM at Glen Abbey's "Little Chapel of the Roses", 3838 Bonita Road, Bonita, CA 91902.

A facebook live for Barbara will be held Friday, July 17th, 2020 from 1:00 PM to 2:00 PM at Facebook Live, https://www.facebook.com/glenabbeymemorialparkandmortuary/.

A private family reception will occur Friday, July 17th, 2020 from 2:00 PM to 4:00 PM Glen Abbey's Little Lodge, 3838 Bonita Road, Bonita, CA 91902.

  • FAMILY

  • Gina Willard, Daughter
  • Lace Ruckman, Granddaughter
  • Danny Willard, Grandson
  • Taryn Collins, Granddaughter
  • Noah Christian, Grandson

Services

17 July

Memorial Service

1:00 pm - 2:00 pm

Glen Abbey's "Little Chapel of the Roses"

3838 Bonita Road
Bonita, CA 91902

17 July

Reception

2:00 pm - 4:00 pm

Private Family Reception at Glen Abbey's Little Lodge

3838 Bonita Road
Bonita, CA 91902

Memories

Barbara Lee Willard

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Betty/Bill Willard

July 5, 2020

Only met her once at the great Willard reunion at the Willard patch in OFallon, IL. Yet she and her sustervleft a vibrant memory of joy of life and love of life and family.
MAY SHE REST IN PEACE

Lace Ruckman

July 3, 2020

Many of you know how important my grandma was to me. I don’t think I will ever meet someone like her again. She was the most selfless lady and she had a humongous heart!! I think the longest I’ve ever went without talking to my grandma was a day. There was always something I needed to call her for whether it was how to make some kind of food or just to make sure she was ok that day. Every Mother’s Day my grandma was the one who I celebrated because along with my 3 other siblings, she was there to raise us all without hesitation. I remember my grandma telling me that we gave her life purpose. Family was everything to my grandma and because of that we all have huge hearts.♥️ One of the biggest thing I loved about my grandma was her passion for cooking!! She was such an amazing cook and even if it was something she’s never made before it always came out amazing. Or she would know which ingredient she needed to add or subtract to make it perfect. My grandma loves cooking so much any time you went to her house she would always have some sort of cooking channel on and she would be writing down recipes. I honestly can’t even tell you how many different recipes she has. Another one of her favorites things to do was to go on long drives and a lot of the time it would be somewhere new she didn’t exactly know how to get around, we called her “Wrong Way Willard” because she would always take little side streets but they always led to a main street where we needed to go. I have so many amazing memories with my grandma tht I will never forget. She was such a special lady that anyone that had the opportunity to know her, I know she definitely touched their hearts too. I can’t even express how much I loved my grandma and how much she truly meant to me but she definitely knows how much. She knows how much we all appreciated everything she’s ever done for us also. I was so lucky to have a grandma/mother like her. Rest in paradise Granny-Loo we will see you again one day💚

Nancy Cole

July 1, 2020

Another sweet photo from a long time ago. This was Babsy in 1951. I love this picture.

Nancy Cole

July 1, 2020

Babs, I will miss you. You were my first best friend, and I will always cherish the memories of the years we spent together as kids. Remember the lilac bush "fort" we built at Grandma Willard's house? Or, how about the secret passage (just a kid-sized hole) at Grandma and Grandpa's that let us crawl from the kitchen cabinet into their bedroom? You and I and your sister, Vicki, spent many happy hours together, all of us little girls in our Halloween costumes and our Easter dresses and bonnets. :) And even when you came back to visit after moving to CA (and I couldn't go out with you two because I was too young!), I thought you were just the best cousin anyone could ever ask for.

Here the three of us are in about 1953 out in the yard at our farm.

I will love you always,
Your cousin, Nancy

Taryn Collins

July 1, 2020

To the woman who means the most to me in this world. The lady who raised me with grace, teaching me how to be a loving, respectful, and kind person. She taught me what love is and how to love unconditionally. Whether it was a grocery store trip, driving me to school or a drive through San Diego to fiesta island, I will forever cherish every amazing memory I have with you Gig. My heart hurts so bad knowing I can’t text or call you everyday just to ask how you are, which would always easily turn into about a 2 hour call talking about anything just to keep the convo going... I’m going to miss everything about you , every time I cook I would usually call you with at least one question and you ALWAYS had an answer , you had an answer for everything. My go to person , my best friend, my sweet grandma who was my mom. You’ve done more for me than I could have every repaid you, something I’ll be grateful for life for. Everything I did, whether it was big or small made you proud. You always have and will always be the number one person in my corner. Thank you for being the most selfless person in my life, always doing everything and more than you could for your family. Thank you for always being there for me. Thank you for loving me and raising me as if I was your own daughter. Thank you for loving my kids more than anything. Thank you for being you.

Bonnie Swingley

July 1, 2020

Barb meant so much to me. Her smile lit up a room so many times. I looked forward to our talks at work. She was caring, considerate, loving and added something special in every encounter. I will miss Barb so much.

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Grandma and her 8th great grandchild Plousha Jr. on Jan. 16,2020.

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"Gig" and Taryn 2018

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noah and gram

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Grandma and her 8th great grandchild Plousha Jr. on Jan. 16,2020.

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"Gig" and Taryn 2018

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noah and gram

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"Gig" and Taryn Christmas 2019

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noah and grandma at her parents gravesite.

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Aaliyah and "Gig" grocery shopping 2017

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Barbara and Ronnie the day they were married

Biography

Barbara Lee Willard, age 72 of O'Fallen, Illinois, formerly a long-time resident of San Diego,California passed away peacefully in the comfort of her home with her family on June 24th 2020.
Barbara was born at St. Luke's hospital on March 27th, 1948 in St.Louis Missouri. She was born to father, Grant Theodore, mother, Lila Camille, and older sister, Victoria.
She spent most of her childhood in O'Fallen,Illinois and later moved to San Diego,California with her family. She enjoyed spending time as a child with her grandparents, where her and sister Vikki would find anyway under the sun to keep each other entertained and having fun together. They were an inseparable pair, as long as they were together all was good. She graduated from Hoover High school in 1966. She then went on to work as a receptionist later to become the office manager for San Diego Center for the Blind where she worked for over 20 years. This job was a very significant part of her life, her colleges were like a second family to her. She was dedicated to working hard as she truly enjoyed book keeping and making sure the company ran as smoothly as possible .
She later went on to become a mother of her own in 1968 to daughter Gina, who she and her former husband, Ronnie raised together. Barbara always wanted more children of her own and was blessed with four grandchildren that she graciously raised. Nothing brought her more Joy than her family. She did everything in her power to give everyone the most she could ,all the time. She was the most devoted and loving mother and grandmother. She was very proud of her family and was thrilled to be a great grandmother to her 8 great grandchildren.
Cooking was not only a hobby, it was her passion. She spent hours looking through cook books, watching cooking shows, and writing down recipes. She experimented with all different ingredients making her own concoctions which always made amazing dishes. She would spend hours cooking food for the whole family (even the animals) . She loved holidays and get-together's, any chance to cook for and spend time with her family was important to her.
Barbara never judged a book by its cover, everyone got her benefit of the doubt, she viewed everyone for who they are. She treated everyone equally and how she would want to be treated. She instilled in her child and grandchildren the importance of being caring, respectful and a good person, always. Barbara was hands down the most selfless person, ALWAYS finding a way to make things happen whether she had it or not. The most nurturing and kind person. She was the ultimate mother figure for all who knew her.
Barbara is survived by her daughter, Gina Willard, her four grandchildren, Lace Ruckman, Daniel Willard,Taryn Collins and Noah Christian and her Great grandchildren, Caden,Liam, Ryder, Jade, Bentley, Mason, Aaliyah and Plousha Jr.