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Barbara Adkins, passed away unexpectedly at her home in Batavia, Illinois on Tuesday, July 3, 2012. She was 84 years old. A remarkable woman, she was born Barbara Joan Bishop in the Crouse-Irving Hospital in Syracuse, New York on April 23, 1928. During her lifetime, she was an outstanding educator who helped a great many young people and adults. Barbara was an inspiration to all she met. She lived life on her terms, independent to the last. She was smart, innovative and interesting. Barbara was handy and enjoyed the challenge of any project. She loved to read. She enjoyed bridge, book clubs, concerts and being with her family, neighbors and friends. She lived everyday to its fullest. Barbara had an intuitive, brilliant mind with uncanny recall. She was a vibrant independent person who was loved by her family and friends. Her passing marks the end of an era and she will be sorely missed. To honor that independence, here is a brief summary of her life in her own words written shortly after the passing of her husband a few years ago: "I was blessed with an Irish father and mother, Ben and Irene, who loved one another always as they also loved me and my two sisters, Janet and Lois, in like manner. I was so very fortunate. I was further blessed with the love of a remarkable man, my late husband, Don, who encouraged me to become an individual person as well as being his wife and the mother of our beloved children, Catherine Lynn (Ret. Admiral Rick) Ruehe, of Virginia, Charles Donald (Marianne Linn) Adkins of California, William Francis (Mary Ellen) Adkins of Geneva, Il--Thank you Bill for always being here, and his twin, our infant son, Gerard Joseph Adkins who left us long ago. Our grandchildren are Emily (Andrew) Ruehe Puckett of Virginia and Eric Lyons (Amita Sung) Ruehe of California. They too, are dearly loved. I spent my high school years in Rantoul, Illinois and after graduating from Illinois State Normal University in August of 1948 I taught briefly in Malden, IL. Don and I were married in August of 1950 and I did various part time work until I joined the School District 129 teaching staff in 1960. I taught mathematics at Jefferson, Washington and North Campus and retired as the Chair of the Mathematics Department at West Aurora High School in 1992. I also taught evening classes in Mathematics at Aurora University. I earned my Masters in Mathematics at the State University of New York at Buffalo in 1966. I loved teaching. Over the years I belonged to AAUW and to the Minerva Coterie and several other book clubs and held varied offices in these groups. I was actively involved for many years in the Aurora Education Association. A Good Life." Visitation will be held on Saturday, July 7, 2012 from 9 a.m. until time of service 11 a.m. at Healy Chapel , 332 West Downer Place, Aurora, IL 60506. Interment will be at Resurrection Catholic Cemetery. For information 630-897-9291 or www.healychapel.com to sign the online guestbook.
Published in Chicago Tribune on July 6, 2012
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