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Lake City - Barbara Rae Ellis Willis, 81 of Lake City, Florida went to be with her Lord and Savior on Sunday, January 26, 2014. Barbara was born on May 18, 1932 to Loren and Renora Elllis, in Michigan City, Indiana. She attended school in Valparaiso, Indiana, Hollywood, Florida and graduated from Deland High School.

Barbara worked for several companies as a secretary as well as being the Secretary for the Eustis Chamber of Commerce. She subsequently worked the latter part of her career in mobile home sales in the Central Florida area. She was a member of the Our Redeemer Lutheran Church in Lake City. She was a dedicated member of the Ladies Auxiliary of the Eustis Elks Lodge. She also was a long time hostess of the Florida Hospitality Rooms at National Elks Conventions, assisting her husband, Frank who was State Secretary of the Florida Elks Association.

She was a well loved lady who is survived by sons, Mike (Denise) and Steve (Tracy), grandchildren Loren (Brandon), Kendyl (Ashton), Christian, Rachel, and great grandsons Graysen and Kennon who lovingly called her NeNe. She also leaves behind her sister, Connie Boynton (Ray) of Jacksonville, Florida, sisters in law Ruby Coig and Lexine Leinwar, of Mandeville, LA, nieces and nephews Diane, Mary, Neil, Debbie, Stephanie, Milton, Michelle, Bobby, Denise, Phillip, Caren and Tyler. She was preceded in death by her loving husband of 57 years, Frank Willis.

Barbara's family and many friends were a very important part of her life.

Barbara's life will be celebrated on Wednesday, January 29th. Visitation will begin at 1:00 p.m., followed by memorial services at 2:00 p.m. at The First Christian Church Lake Butler, Florida. Brother Art Peterson and Pastor Bruce Alkire will be officiating.

Arrangements are in the care of Archer Funeral Home, Lake Butler, Florida. The family requests that in lieu of flowers, that a donation be made to Haven Hospice, York Center, 4200 NW 90th Blvd., Gainesville, FL 32606-3809.

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Published in Gainesville Sun from Jan. 28 to Jan. 29, 2014
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