Juanita L. (Johnson) Barber (1928 - 2014)

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Juanita L. Barber, 86, of Mattoon and formerly of Literberry, died Wednesday, Aug. 6, 2014, at her residence.

She was born June 12, 1928, in Arenzville, the daughter of Richard John and Caroline Kruel Johnson. She married Harrison B. "Chick" Barber on Nov. 26, 1947, in Jacksonville and he preceded her in death on March 23, 2005.

She is survived by three children, Vicki Sprague (husband, Lamont) of Crystal Lake, Russell H. Barber (wife, Lisa) of Mattoon, and Craig R. Barber (wife, Linda) of Normal; nine grandchildren, Kristin Feinstein (husband, Jonathan) of Lake In The Hills, Kara Sprague of New York City, Kaitlyn Keller (husband, Christian) of Algonquin, Amie Loyd (husband Kyle) of Mahomet, Carrie Zielke (husband, Phil) of Glendale Heights, Scott Barber (wife, Megan) of Urbana, Stephanie Gilbert of Los Angeles, and Ashton and Carsyn Barber of Normal; three great-grandchildren, Kenzie Feinstein, Jackson Feinstein, and Graham Zielke; three brothers, Richard Johnson (wife, Hazel) of Murrayville, Edward Johnson (wife, Bev) of Roodhouse, and Robert Johnson (wife, Sara) of Manchester; and several nieces, nephews and cousins.

She was preceded in death by her parents; and three sisters, Pauline Riggs, Loretta Chapman, and Naomi Sebastian.

Mrs. Barber served 12 years as the postmaster for Literberry and was a member of Literberry Christian Church. She enjoyed watching St. Louis Cardinal baseball and spending time with her family.

Funeral services will be held 1 p.m. Monday at the Buchanan & Cody Funeral Home in Jacksonville with burial at Arcadia Cemetery in Arcadia. The family will meet friends at the funeral home from noon Monday until the time of services. Memorial gifts are suggested to or Phil's Friends (a cancer support ministry). Condolences may be sent to the family online at
Published in Jacksonville Journal-Courier on Aug. 9, 2014
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