Barbara MACKEY

December 7, 1942September 27, 2020

Barbara Ruth Mackey, nee Neason, 77, of Wilimette. Beloved wife of 54 years of Steve; loving mother of Ian and Scott (Barbara); caring sister of Carol, Julie, Don (Lisa) and the late Jerry; proud grandmother of Calista and Kendall; kind aunt of Erik, Robert, Jeremy and Will; cherished daughter of the late Dr Jerry Baba Neason and the late Ruth Gertrude Neason, nee Johnson. In accordance with Barbara's wishes, private services will be held at a later date. Donations in honor of Barbara can be made to The Association for Frontotemporal Degeneration (AFTD).


No public services are scheduled at this time. Receive a notification when services are updated.


Barbara MACKEY

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Sorrelle Stanton

October 4, 2020

Words cannot express the profound loss of my dearest friend, Barbara. We met in 4th grade and from then on we were inseparable. Either I was at her house or she was at mine. I became a part of the Neason family. Her father wanted to
“adopt” me.
We confided in and trusted each other. We’ve lived close to each other even as adults. My memories will forever remain in my heart.
Goodbye, dear friend.

Diane & Roger Kubitz

October 4, 2020

Our condolences to your entire family. I am saddened to hear of Barb's passing. I always thought of Barb as a kind and caring person. and all the wonderful memories we shared during high school and, of course, the ever famous Phelines. Our best to you during this sad time in your lives.

Roger & Diane Kubitz

Brian Pecka

October 2, 2020

Scott, Ian, and Steve,

I have been thing about you all during this very difficult time. Barbara was a very nice lady and I was happy to have known her. She was always very welcoming and always seemed so happy. I can only imagine the pain that you are feeling. Cherish the good times and memories. I hope you will find piece during this tough time because I believe she would have wanted you to have that.

With Love

Brian Pecka & Family

Brad Pechter

October 2, 2020

I am very sorry to hear of your mother's passing. Take care of yourself. I miss seeing you at the office and I wish you and your family peace.

Don Neason

October 1, 2020

Here's knowing that Barbie will be singing Swedish Christmas songs in the next life. My sister was always positive, never tolerated meanness, unfairness, or bigotry. She lived far north, but traveled far south to help the most needy students lost in a system which, but for people like her, were all but academically forgotten at the time. Courageous, generous, gentle, steady, hilarious, always there for you, especially in difficult times. Wonderful Sister, Mother, Grandmother, Auntie, Daughter, Friend, Consoler, Decorator of Christmas trees. Expert "rubber legs" dancer and be-bop-a-loo-bopper.

Miss you Barbie. Say hello to Mom and Dad...


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