Ever Rest Funeral Home and Cremation Chapel

1783 East Keating Ave, Muskegon, MI


Barbara Jean Prause

January 23, 1944May 15, 2020

Love is Eternal. Together, in the spirit of eternal love and gratitude, we celebrate the life of Barbara Jean Prause of Muskegon, Michigan who passed away unexpectedly May 15th in the arms of one of her beloved children. Barbara was preceded in death by her dear husband Michael L. Prause, mother Carmen M. Pontius, Father William P. (Beverly) Reid, sister Billie L. Omland, Brother Gary Reffett, and Brother-in-law Larry Strong. She was a woman of great character whose intellect, grace, vitality, humor, courage, and artistic talent enriched the lives of all who knew her, most especially those of her family. Barbara was born in Muskegon Michigan, attended Reeths-Puffer High School, and eventually went on to study respiratory therapy at Muskegon Community College. While employed at Burlington Memorial Hospital in Wisconsin, her medical training and responsiveness resulted in many lives being saved. Although Barbara eventually pursued other careers, this knowledge and experience remained ever a part of who she was and the legacy she leaves behind. At Vandervelde's Furniture Co. Barbara's excellent taste, and grasp of interior design, contributed greatly to her career in sales. She enjoyed her time there and cherished the many friendships her work life afforded her. In her home and among her family, she was a source of great happiness. She was an exceptional mother and will be sorely missed as she was kind, nurturing and so very good at loving. Barbara is survived by her children Kimberly A. (Gordon) McGee, Kellen L. Reid, Michael L. Prause Jr., Kristin D. (James) Aull; Sisters, Susan K. (John) Payne, Laura Strong, Bonnie J. (Edward) Vanderbosch, Mary F. Twyning; Brother Michael L. Pontius; Jack Pontius; Grandchildren Kiel S. (Lindsay) Reid, Samyrah D. (Jonathon) Mohon, James O. Aull, Jordon D. (Ivonne) McGee, Daniel S. (Michelle) Aull, Justin M. McGee, Hannah M. McGee, Patrick K. (Bonnie Rose) Aull, as well as her three precious great-granddaughters Aurelia D. Reid, Nadiyyah S. Reid, and Eliza J. Reid. Also surviving are many nieces and nephews, cousins, and friends, whom she loved very much. A celebration of Barbara's life will be announced once restrictions are lifted.


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Barbara Brow

May 24, 2020

To the family of Barbara,
I am shocked and saddened by Barbara’s passing...I am very sorry for your loss. We became a fast friends as coworkers of Vandervelde’s Furniture. That woman could sell ice to an Eskimo!
Her keen sense of dry pointed humor kept a slow day fun..
I am so grateful we had a chance to meet again at the store’s reunion last summer.
My heart goes out to her children and grandchildren, all of whom she adored.
Love and pease to you all,

Barbara Brow

Kiel Reid

May 23, 2020

My grandma was one of the biggest influences in my life. She always took care of our family, no matter what. She balanced empathy, encouragement and discipline in a way that I hope that I can achieve some day. Every one of her children and grandchildren are better for having her in our lives.

All of us grandkids had a special connection with her. She was probably one of the 1st people I looked up to and wanted to emulate. She was a salesperson at Vanderveldes back in the day and she brought me into work. I thought it was the coolest things ever. She showed me all her sales awards and dropped the knowledge on 5 year old me. She told me that smokers miss out on sales and listening is more important than talking. Grandma was full of wisdom, but she kept it real. She wasn't abrasive but she didn't mince words either.

Words can't describe how much of a positive influence she has been on our family. I know that I wouldn't be half the person I am today without her. She helped our family multiple times throughout the years, always when things were hardest. There were times where basically my entire extended family was living together, with the only exception being Aunt Kimmie. Those were actually some of my most treasured memories. Looking back that was probably incredibly difficult for her, having 8 or 9 extra people in her house, with 1 bathroom...LOL.

We were lucky to have her. We were lucky that my kids got to have time with her, even if it wasn't as much as we wanted. She was the only grandparent Samyrah and I had, so losing her is especially difficult. I know that you don't get to keep your loved elders forever, but doesn't make it any easier when they go.

I love you forever Grandma.

Michael Pontius

May 21, 2020

Being the “Baby” of the family, my earliest memories of my sister Barbara is of her being one of my caregivers and protectors. Neither jobs could have been easy given my propensity as a child to wonder off by myself around North Lake and a desire to attempt all things dangerous. Seeing that I am still with the living with all my limbs and both eyes, I would say that Barbara was successful a successful “Big Sister”.

I treasure those memories in Twin Lake with Barbara, Billie, Susan and Laura. Table games, listening to music, singing and dancing. Walking around the lakes, swimming and fishing during the summer. Ice-skating and sledding in the winter.

I was blessed to have been raised by such a creative, loving and vigilant sister, who cared for me while our parents worked hard at multiple jobs to keep our family fed and cared for.

May her rewards be great in heaven for the kindnesses that she gave to her baby brother and so many others here on earth.

Susan Payne

May 20, 2020

My sister Barbie was a constant in my life. We shared a past that I now become the guardian of. Memories of people and places long gone. People and places fewer and fewer know about. It places a light burden on my shoulders to tell those who came after us. To pass on family stories or jokes. Favorite pets and unforgettable gatherings. Our mother's recipes - our grandmothers sayings. I'm the only one left having certain memories - I am the oldest now. A position I never considered having because it was Barbie's. I won't be able to take her place, but I'll hold it till I pass. Then it will go on to the next which is the way of things. Love to all.... Susan

Kimberly Ann McGee

May 19, 2020

Momma and baby of mine💕

Kimberly Ann McGee

May 19, 2020

Momma, You were my very first Love 💕 I was a part of you, and you will be a part of me forever! 💗Kimmie

Mary Twyning

May 18, 2020

There’s so many things I could say about my sister Barb. The first thing that comes to mind is that she was someone who could lift your soul. When you were down or feeling sorry for yourself she knew just what to do just what to say and by the end of the conversation you were feeling positive and having faith. She always make me laugh she was one of the most fun people you will ever know. She was so Full of love and shared your fun times and Sorrels I will love her forever. Uncle Victor would say she just be on the other side of the curtain and will all be back together before we know it. Love to all the family, you were her world.

Christine Gillette

May 18, 2020

My Aunt Barb was someone I could pour my heart to especially after my mother (her sister Billie) passed away. I’m still trying to wrap my mind around this loss. However I realize how precious life is and what a blessing she was to not only myself but to others. I cherish every moment I had with her. I will certainly miss her funny sarcastic humor of hers for sure.
Love always and God Bless 😘🙏🏻😘

Sherri Gibbs

May 18, 2020

What a great lady! She was such a loving mother, grandmother, great grandmother! She was the mother of my best friend, and she will be missed! You could always count on a good laugh with her when she told us her stories. She was a natural mother, always able to calm a child down with her soothing voice and songs that she would sing to them. So many memories I have of her and thankful that I do, knowing her for so many years. My deepest sympathy to her family and friends. With much love, Sherri Gibbs

Lori McGee

May 18, 2020

Words seem inadequate to express the sorrow felt by the loss of someone as special as Barbara. We cherish the many fond memories of a woman so loving, creative and full of life. Our thoughts and prayers are with your family during this time of sorrow. George, Brian , Lori and Matt McGee

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