Linda Paulette Barber

October 16, 1946May 13, 2012

Linda Paulette Barber, 65, passed away on Sunday May 13, 2012. Beloved Wife, Daughter, Sister, Mother, Grandmother, devoted Christian, Nurse, and loyal Cub fan. Born October 16, 1946 in Hoopeston, Illinois, she attended Hoopeston Public Schools and graduated from Burnham Nursing School in Champaign, Illinois. She was raised in Illinois and later moved to Iowa, Missouri, and Tennessee. She is survived by husband, Louis C. Barber of Collierville, TN; daughter, Candice M. Barber of Collierville, TN; son, Robert C. Barber of Collierville, TN; grandchildren, Louis Christopher Metts and Tyler Marris Metts; mother, Marie Brown of Hoopeston, IL; 2 brothers Gary Brown of Hoopeston, IL and Mike Brown of Kansas City, KS; and many wonderful nieces and nephews. Linda was preceded in death by father Robert G. Brown. Linda was involved with her church, Special Olympics, tennis, Boy Scouts/Girl Scouts while still raising children and being a nurse at St. Johns Regional Hospital in Springfield, Missouri. Linda later moved to Lake Ozark, Missouri and enjoyed her church, was head nurse for an OBGYN practice, playing tennis, took cooking lessons, boating, and traveling while in Missouri. Linda moved to Memphis, TN in 1995, where she enjoyed church, charity work, and traveling. Linda travelled extensively in the United States including New York, Key West, Savannah, San Diego, The Grand Canyon, St. Louis, Maui, and many more cities not listed. She was also blessed in her many travels outside the United States including Paris, Rome, Scotland, Ireland, Bahamas, Bermuda, St. Thomas, Mexico, and Missionary work in Haiti. She truly enjoyed trips to warm weather places and special annual trips with her Mother. Linda was greatly helped during her last months by great doctors and friends. Notably: Linda Strong, Ann Turner, Mary Jean Roach, and many others from Collierville Christian Church, especially Minister Pat Hardaway. We would like to thank Dr. Stephen Besh of West Clinic & their staff, as well as her primary care physician Dr. Michelle Allmon and Staff. Thanks to all who helped Linda recently you made it easier. To Honor Linda please feel free to make donations to Collierville Christian Church or to St. Jude Children’s Hospital Memphis, TN USA. A Memorial Service will be 1 p.m., June 9, 2012 at Collierville Christian Church, 707 N Byhalia Rd, Collierville, TN 38017 Collierville Funeral Home 901-853-2628


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June 27, 2012


I remember playing at your house and how much fun we had growing up. Your mom was always so kind, funny and understanding of our silly-girl ways. I'm so sorry for you loss and thinking of you. Take care.

With Love,
Jane Kellett-Harmon

Lucy Phillips

June 8, 2012

Linda was a bright spot in the lives of many Collierville Christian church members. She will be missed!

Mary DeLozier

June 4, 2012

To Lou, Candice, and Chris, we have fond memories of your days in Shadowood neighborhood in Springfield. Linda was always organizing something fun for the kids. We are so sorry to hear of her passing and send condolences from Jack and Mary, Mark, Brian and Matt DeLozier and their families.

Alan & Judy Brock

June 2, 2012

This is a sad time for all of us who knew and loved Linda. What fun times we had and her fun and loving spirit she had was an inspiration for me and everyone around her. Love to Lou, Candice, Chris & Family. Linda sprit will always be with us all!

Jane Mykleby

June 1, 2012

My dear, sweet, funny Linda-what a character she was..passionate about her family, her God, her family and friends, her church, her Cubs. What a blessing it was to have been a part of her church family. My heart is breaking for you all and selfishly, myself. The comfort is in knowing that she is face to face with the man she loved openly and deeply. The comfort is in knowing that she is no longer in pain. The comfort is in knowing that she is safe in the arms of Jesus.

Matthew 5:4
Blessed are those who mourn, for they will be comforted.

I am sad to say that I am unable to attend the Memorial Service. I will be at Bethany Hills with the youth. I will be there in spirit.

Tina Kinney

May 25, 2012

I treasure every moment I spent with Linda. We knew each other from Curves. She always radiated love and joy and I'm so blessed to have known her. I love her and will never forget her!

Faye Morton

May 25, 2012

I met Linda at Curves. She was a joy to be around. My thoughts and prayers are with you in your time of sorry

May 22, 2012

our prayers will be with you and your family in this time of need. Linda will missed by all those who knew her. May God help your family in the days ahead.

Love Dick and Betty Goodrum (clinton, IL)
old friends from Hoopeston

May 20, 2012

My best friend, My most devoted elder is in Heaven watching NCIS with her bag of popcorn and Maggie curled up beside her. She was brave and funny until she left us. There is a hole in my heart for all of us who must deal with the loss.
Jenny Bergeron

Kay Coates

May 20, 2012

Linda was admired and loved by everyone she touched because of the sincere concern and love she so freely gave. I was so glad to call her my friend and will miss her very much.