Barbara Jean Heitzman

June 22, 1937March 16, 2020

Barbara Jean (Coats) Heitzman, 82, of 417 Wigwam Hollow Circle, Macomb, Illinois passed away at 9:20 a.m. on March 16, 2020 at the residence of her daughter Chris Lee at 180 East State Street, Smithfield, Illinois. Barbara was born June 22, 1937 to John Robert and Lorene Margaret (Hammond) Coats. She married Donald F. Heitzman on July 17, 1955 in Glasford, Illinois. Surviving are her three daughters, Mrs. Glen (Carla) Scalf of Moberly, Missouri, Mrs. Ron (Donna) Kofoid of Delavan, IL, and Mrs. Robert (Chris) Lee of Smithfield, IL. She has five grandchildren: Corey Scalf, Jeremy Koontz, Justin Koontz, Shannon Ethridge, and Kayla Jean Lee; nine great grandchildren; and three sisters, Mary Nicholson, Sharon Arnold, and Betty Hutton. Barbara was preceded in death by her parents; husband; one brother, Donald Coats and son-in-law, Robert Allen Lee. She enjoyed music, sewing, baseball and spending time with her family and grandchildren. Cremation rites have been accorded. To view Barbara's memorial page or to leave an online condolence please go to


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Kayla Lee

March 20, 2020

I will never forget all the memories with my grandma. Especially, when we played board games, specifically, Old Maid! Now when it came to my grandma and Old Maid it was a competition. However, when I got the Old Maid it was fun and games. But when she got the Old Maid it was game on. In the end, it always resulted in the best out of three and she usually won. She was one smart, kindhearted, and caring person I know. Grandma will be missed by many, and I know she will be looking down on us and smiling like she always did before. Grandma always gave good advice on life and to me. Without a doubt, heaven has gained one special, special Angel! I will never understand why things happen like they happen. But God has a path for all of us and we might not understand why, but we will one day when we all see each other again. Until we meet again Grandma! I Love You! ❤️

Love your granddaughter, Kayla.

Chris Lee

March 20, 2020

Mom was a loving, kindhearted and giving person. Very strong willed as well. Honest as they come in world. So many life lessons she taught me and my daughter Kayla. We have a lot of memories over the years that we will treasure always! If Kayla and I can be half the women she was we will be blessed. We will miss her dearly the days and years that follow. Her loving smile, voice and hugs ... thanks for making our life so much richer just by being you! Rest In Peace dear mom and grandma! ❤️❤️

Janice Willmon

March 19, 2020

I always felt the compassion and kindness from my family friend Barb. She was always loving, sweet and present to celebrate our family celebrations and/or grieve with the loss of departed loved ones.

I did meet her a few times,also, when I was in highschool with Donna. I always found her accepting of individuality and caring.

I’m pretty sure that I would not of wanted to cross respect of her children, as she always showed a strong personality with a peaceful smile.
I’d love to have known her better. I will have eternity for that when my soul is called home. Blessings to you Barb.❤️
We’ll see you later.

Melissa Mayes

March 18, 2020

I will never forget all of the family gatherings! Everyone sitting around laughing and enjoying the wonderful food she always made! Even back in high school before I was a member of the family, she always made me feel welcome and like I was a part of the family! You will be dearly missed by us and so many others!! Heaven sure has gained another beautiful angel! I love you Barb...

Diane & Jerry Monterastelli

March 17, 2020

To all of Barbara Jean’s Family!
She was always a Beautiful Sweet lady who enjoyed family gatherings with lots of good food and laughs! We enjoyed being a part of many of those! She really enjoyed being with her grandchildren and great grandchildren. They brought her great pleasure! We hope she can continue to look down and laugh with us on these happy times. Rest In Peace Barbara! 🤗💞🙏🏻


Angie and Teddy Goldman

March 17, 2020

Our thoughts and prayers go out to you and your family during this time of sorrow. Barb was always a beautiful presence in my life, taking care of us and keeping 2 teenage girls out of trouble:) She always gave of herself, never expecting anything in return. She was a wonderful wife, mom, and grandmother, so strong and independent, always a great example for others:) Love and hugs to you all❤️