Barbara J. Downs


MENDOTA - Barbara J. Downs, 85, born and raised in Mendota, passed away Aug. 30, 2019 at OSF St. Anthony’s Hospital in Rockford.

A service will be held at 11 a.m. on Thursday, Sept. 5 at the Merritt Funeral Home with Rev. Larry Sheaves officiating. Visitation will be from 9:30-11 a.m. on Sept. 5 at the funeral home.

Barb was born in Mendota to Harrison and Arlene Campbell.

Survivors include two brothers, Harold Campbell and Joseph Brady; a sister, Marjorie Taborn; three children, Christina, Dianna and David; and one granddaughter.

She was preceded in death by her parents; a brother, Harold and a brother, Lawrence in infancy.

Over her 85 years, Barb wore many hats from a bomb welder during the war to becoming a CNA in her 50s. She was a loyal friend who loved long talks on the phone and afternoon coffee visits.

Memorials may be directed to the family.

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