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Barbara Diane McGillem

June 12, 1940 July 19, 2021
Barbara Diane McGillem
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Barbara Diane McGillem, 81, of Mount Carmel, Illinois, passed away peacefully on Monday, July 19, 2021 at Wabash General Hospital in Mount Carmel, Illinois.  She was born on June 12, 1940 in Sioux City, Iowa, the daughter of Fern Arleen (Miller) Ross.  Barbara married William R. McGillem on April 9, 1960 and together they enjoyed sixty years of marriage before his passing on November 25, 2020.  Bill and Barb always loved an adventure and enjoyed taking motorcycle trips to new places. Barb was a devoted wife, mother and grandmother.   She faithfully supported her husband during his enlistment in the United States Air Force.  Barb worked at South School as a cook from 1971 until her retirement in 1997.  Among her hobbies, she loved making new things while crocheting, working needle point and plastic canvas craft.  Barb would often make gifts for family and close friends.  In her free time, Barb was an avid reader and also loved collecting Precious Moments figurines.  Barb also enjoyed giving hand written letters to family and friends.   She will be missed by family and friends. Barb will be remembered by her son, William “Chuck” McGillem and his wife Doreen of Belleville, IL; three grandchildren, Brittaney, Kayla and David; five great grandchildren; many nieces and nephews. Barb was preceded in death by her mother; husband, William R. McGillem; infant son, William David McGillem; brothers, Vernon Ross, Terry Ross, Charles Ross, David Ross and Dennis “Butch” Ross; sister, Marsha (Ross) Bennett. A Celebration of Bill and Barb’s life will be from 5:30 p.m. - 7:30 pm, Sunday, August 1, 2021 at Twin Rivers Restaurant, 1120 Hydraulic Ave., Mt. Carmel, IL 62863. Memorial contributions may be made in Barb's memory to St. Jude’s Children’s Hospital.  Memorial contributions can be mailed to Keepes Funeral Home, 1500 N. Cherry Street, Mount Carmel, IL 62863. Keepes Funeral Home is serving the family with the arrangements.  To view Barb’s tribute wall, leave condolences and purchase flowers for the McGillem family, please visit
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Celebration of Life




5:30 PM 8/1/2021 5:30:00 PM - 7:30 PM 8/1/2021 7:30:00 PM
Twin Rivers Resturant

1120 Hydraulic Ave
Mount Carmel, IL 62863

Twin Rivers Resturant
1120 Hydraulic Ave Mount Carmel 62863 IL
United States

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