OBITUARY

Barbara "Barb" J. Stevenson

July 19, 1940October 4, 2020
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Peoria Heights - Barbara J. Stevenson, 80, of Peoria Heights, formerly of Peoria, passed away at 3:12 a.m. Sunday, October 4, 2020 at her home, surrounded by her loving family. She was born on July 19, 1940 in Peoria to Hobart A. and Evelyn G. (Edwards) Wead. She married Ross Gray Stevenson on February 2, 1962 in Peoria. He preceded her in death on March 19, 2020 in Peoria Heights.

She was also preceded in death by her parents; sister, Patricia Hess; and brother, Hobart A. Wead, Jr.

Surviving is her daughter, Kim (Glen Rogers) Stevenson of Peoria Heights; three grandchildren, Jacob and Joshua Stevenson, and Emily Darling; one step-granddaughter, Sarah (Ryan) Robinson; and many nieces and nephews.

Barbara last worked for the Disney Store in Peoria. She previously had worked as a telephone operator supervisor for Illinois Bell, where she met her future husband, Ross. Barbara was a member of St. Vincent de Paul Catholic Church in Peoria. She had played for many women’s softball teams over the years in the Peoria area. Barbara had coached girls’ volleyball and basketball at St. Vincent de Paul Catholic Grade School, and volunteered with the National Multiple Sclerosis Society. She assisted newly diagnosed MS patients, receiving an award in 1995 for her dedication. She loved fishing and being outdoors, many memorable summers were spent with her family and friends in Minnesota. Barbara was a wonderful wife, mother and friend and she will be dearly missed.

Barbara and Ross's memorial mass will take place at 11:00 a.m. on Saturday, October 17, 2020 at St. Vincent de Paul Catholic Church in Peoria. Rev. Fr. Stephen Willard will officiate. A visitation will be from 10:00 a.m. to 11:00 a.m. also on Saturday at the church. Davison-Fulton Woodland Chapel is in charge of arrangements. In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to the Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation www.jdrf.org or the National Multiple Sclerosis Society www.nationalmssociety.org.

Services

  • Memorial Visitation

    Saturday, October 17, 2020

  • Memorial Mass

    Saturday, October 17, 2020

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Kathy Herron

October 16, 2020

No matter how Barb was suffering , she always had a smile on her face. She was a spunky woman who never complained about her ms, and what she couldn't do. Spent my childhood every Xmas with her and Ross until we were older. Every Easter we would talk to her at Sterling Family Resturant when our family went to eat. Will miss her.

Marlene Hanahan

October 14, 2020

I remember all the times when u and Jamie and Robyn hung out and us moms worried about u all.Those were the best of times. Yours parents were SO fun.You are in my thoughts and prayers.
Bless you and
yours,Marlene Hanrahan

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