PEORIA - Barbara Stockwell, 81, of Peoria passed away at 10:39 p.m. Saturday, June 28, 2014, at Rosewood Care Center.
Barbara was born on Nov. 18, 1932, in Akron, Ohio, the daughter of Ivan G. and Florence L. Wheeland Bladen. She married Donald R. Stockwell while he was on a 10-day leave during the Korean War on June 15, 1952, at Wesminster Presbyterian in Peoria.
She is survived by her daughter and son-in-law, Kimberly A. (Robert) Murray of Peoria, and their children, Stephanie and Sarah Murray of Peoria and Cassie (Matt Sadilek) Murray of Champaign; other grandchildren, including Jennifer (Tim) Krause of Peoria and Jessica (Vic) Levandoski and Jeremy Woolard of Bloomington; five great-grandchildren; one brother, Gerald Bladen of St. Charles, Mo.; and one sister, Sue Ellen (John) Violano, of Kissimmee, Fla. She is also survived by several nieces, nephews and cousins.
Barbara was preceded in death by her husband of 50 years; her parents; one daughter, Bonnie J. Darling; and one brother, Thomas Bladen.
She attended the Ohio State University for one year and then attended Bradley University after her father's career moved them to Illinois. She, however, always remained a Buckeyes fan.
As a young girl during the war, she was responsible for the family grocery shopping. Part of the job included keeping track of the coupons and the ration vouchers. She was able to trade rarely used coupons for vouchers for coffee and milk.
Barbara was a faithful member of United Presbyterian Church. She was in several church groups, including Woman's Circle, Supper Clubs and blanket making, and she was a deacon. Barbara also sang in the choir at the former Acadia Avenue Presbyterian Church.
Donald and Barbara were members of the Holiday Rambler Travel Trailer Club. They had many enjoyable years camping with family and friends. Barb enjoyed the mountains and the beach.
She worked as an executive secretary in the Peoria area for more than 50 years, last working for KC Jones Insurance Agency. Barbara worked full-time until the age of 73. Barbara and her family also enjoyed the years she spent working for the American Shetland Pony Club and the friends they made.
Davison-Fulton Woolsey-Wilton is in charge of arrangements.
Funeral services will be at 10 a.m. today, July 2, 2014, at United Presbyterian Church, 2400 W. Northmoor Road, in Peoria. The Rev. Dr. Stephen McKinney-Whitaker will officiate. Visitation was on Tuesday, July 1, 2014, from 5 to 7 p.m., also at the church. Burial will be in Swan Lake Memory Gardens.
Barbara's family would like to thank the staff at Rosewood Care Center and Harbor Light Hospice for their compassionate care.
Memorials may be made to her church or PAWS.
To view Barbara's memorial page or leave an online condolence, please go to www.woolseywilton.com.