Barbara Jane “Barb” Williams, 83, of Quincy, passed into Glory at noon, March 10, 2019. She was born February 25, 1936, in Clayton, IL, a daughter of Earl and Mary Higley. She married Joe L. Williams on August 27, 1955, in Clayton.
Barb was a graduate of Clayton High School. When she was sixteen she and her sister operated Bonnie and Barb’s Gift Shop. She was a Home Health Aid for many years and also a volunteer at Blessing Hospital, in Quincy; she was also employed by restaurants in Paloma and Clayton. Barb was a member of Faith Assembly of God Church. A good Christian woman, Barb was a caring, loving wife who loved her children, grand children and great grand children with all her heart.
She is survived by her husband, Joe, and daughters Lois (Cleve) Barkley, of Loraine, IL, and Dixie (Randy) Merker, of Bloomington, IL, and son Monte (Stephanie) Williams, of West Williston, North Dakota; grandchildren Typhanie (Brad) Koenig, of Mendon, IL; Amanda (Ragan) Stotts, of Golden, IL; Brooke (Jared) Hartke, of Charlotte, NC; Nicholas Merker, of Indianapolis, IN; Joe “Joey” (Heather) Williams of North Dakota; Alissa (Adam) Korth, of Central Point, Oregon; and Brandon Williams, of North Dakota, as well as fifteen great-grandchildren and numerous nieces and nephews.
She is also survived by four sisters, Bonnie Gabel, of Quincy, IL; Mary (Roy) Hicks, of Clayton, IL; Vicky (Marty) Fleer, of Quincy, IL; and Dinah (Daniel) Yarian, of Bondurant, IA; and two brothers, Jim (Ann) Higley, of O’Fallon, MO; and Garry (Jackie) Higley, of Clayton, IL, and sister-in-law Barbara Higley, of Golden.
She was preceded in death by her parents a brother, David and brother-in-law Larry Gabel.
Arrangements were by Hamilton Funeral Home of Camp Point with private graveside services conducted at the Paloma Cemetery on Tuesday.