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Barbara A. McCoy

September 15, 1940 January 6, 2019
Barbara A. McCoy
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Henry- Barbara A. McCoy, age 78, of Peoria, passed away on Sunday, January 6, 2019 at Heartland Manor in Henry, IL.

Barbara was born on September 15, 1940 in Peoria, a daughter of Edward and Ardella (Zimmerman) Brown. She married Ralph McCoy on March 17, 1979 in Huntsville, AL. He survives.

Also surviving is their son, Kevin Mixon, daughter, Kerry McCoy, stepdaughter, Diane (Jim) Sibley, stepson, Roger (Sharon) McCoy and stepdaughter, Mary (Mike) Hall, daughter-in-law, Bev Evenden, as well as, numerous grandchildren and great-grandchildren, and her beloved dogs.

She was preceded in death by her parents, infant daughter, Deanna, and son, Vince. Barbara has been so looking forward to seeing them again.

Barbara graduated from Academy of Our Lady in 1958. While in school, she was an organist at St. Mary’s cathedral in Peoria.

After attending Bradley University and achieving a degree in Music, she was a private music teacher in Huntsville, AL and Renton, WA. Barbara later received a degree in Special Education from Alabama Agricultural and Mechanical University and in 1988 graduated with her Masters of English degree from Bradley University.

Barbara dedicated 19 years at St. Vincent de Paul Catholic School teaching junior high English, Literature and History, followed by many years at Blaine-Sumner Middle School and Adult Education in Peoria Public Schools.

A devout Catholic, Barbara was a member of St. Ann’s Catholic Church in Peoria. She identified with St. Francis of Assisi in her shared love of animals and St. Anthony of Padua to whom she would often pray to for guidance.

Barbara was and is so cherished and loved, she will forever be missed. Ever the Lady.

A visitation will be from 6:00 PM – 7:30 PM, Monday, January 14, 2019 at Wright & Salmon Mortuary. Cremation Rites will be accorded following the visitation.

In lieu of flowers, memorials in Barbara’s name may be made to the ASPCA.

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6:00 PM 1/14/2019 6:00:00 PM - 7:30 PM 1/14/2019 7:30:00 PM
Wright & Salmon Mortuary

2416 N. North Street
Peoria, IL 61604

Wright & Salmon Mortuary
2416 N. North Street Peoria 61604 IL
United States

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