Barbara Ann Whitney

Bryant – Barbara Ann Whitney, 83, of Bryant, flew to heaven at 12:39 PM on Monday, May 14, 2018 at Graham Hospital surrounded by her family. She was born on October 13, 1934 in Peoria, IL to Wayne and Zelma (Logsdon) Slater. She married Richard Whitney on August 5, 1950 in Canton, IL. He preceded her in death on August 27, 2001.

Barbara was also preceded in death by her parents; one son, Thomas Whitney; two grandchildren; two great-great-grandchildren; three brothers; and one son-in-law, Carl.

Surviving are four children, Sherrie (Steve) Nebergall of St. David, Rick (Janet) Whitney, Penny (Bob) Wight of Bryant, and Tina (James) Whitney-Parrish of Canton; nine grandchildren; 19 great-grandchildren; seven great-great-grandchildren; one brother, Wayne (Diane) Slater of Canton; and four sisters, Selma (Stan) Formhals of Lewistown, Karen Murphy of Canton, Nancy (Larry) Sprague of Canton, and Coco Stokes of Canton.

Barbara was a beloved wife, mother, grandmother, great grandmother, and great-great grandmother. She also was a foster grandmother for over 20 years for Headstart. Barbara graduated as an LPN from Spoon River College. She was a member at St. David Church of the Nazarene and also a member of the genealogy society and royal neighbors. Barbara enjoyed her family, crocheting, flowers, her church, helping kids, and entering items at the Fulton County Fairs.

Services will be held at 10 AM on Thursday, May 17, 2018 at Sedgwick Funeral Homes & Crematory in Canton, IL. Rev. Burton Clarke will officiate. Burial will follow the services at White Chapel Memory Gardens in Canton, IL. A visitation will be held from 6-8 PM on Wednesday, May 16, 2018 at the funeral home. Memorials can be made to St. David Church of the Nazarene. To make online condolences you may go to

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16 Responses to Barbara Ann Whitney

  1. Lorenda Spilker says:

    Our deepest sympathy to Barbara’s family. Having loss our mother Margaret Spilker 12/28/2017 we totally know what you are going through. Barbara always knew us when she saw us and spoke. She always had a smile for you. Sincere sympathy ,Alvin & Lorenda Spilker.

  2. Barbara was an amazing women. She served her Lord and savior everyday of her life from the day she accepted her Lord as savior. She was a good student in LPN school at Spoon River College. I was one of her instructors. She cared for her patients as as if they were family members. Barbara kept in contact with our family as if we were family members. She supported our son John and his family while they were on the missionaries in Africa. Barbara was like a sister to me and my family. Barabara loved her children in head start. She was always making something for each of her students to enjoy and take home. Even thou her health has been an issue she always had a great adittude, concern for other, and loved each member of her family. May God use her greatly in heaven to serve him. We miss her greatly but she is with her Lord and savior.

  3. Samantha Ladd says:

    So sorry to hear of Barb’s passing. She was so kind! Prayers for the family!

  4. Phyllis Hinderliter says:

    Our condolences to the family in the passing of Barbara. So many lives were touched by her love.

    Rick and Phyllis (Bordwine) Hinderliter

  5. Debbie Hill says:

    Our hearts, thoughts and prayers go out to all of you. Rest in Peace Momma Barb♥

  6. Lorraine (Courtney) Rosenberg says:

    She was my classmate in high school. She was so vivacious and pretty and lots of fun. I was kept in touch about Barb through my mother when they both belonged to Nazarene Church in St David. Rest In Peace, old friend.

  7. Lorraine (Courtney) Rosenberg says:

    She was a high school classmate and so vivacious, pretty and fun. She and my mother knew each other through church of the Nazarene in St David. Rest In Peace, old friend.

  8. Lorenda Spilker says:

    Our deepest sympathy to the family. We know what u are going through as we loss our mother Margaret Spilker on 12/28/17. Sincere sympathy Alvin and Lorenda Spilker.

  9. Lorraine (Courtney) Rosenberg says:

    A high school classmate very vivacious, pretty and fun. Rest is peace.

  10. Jacque Werry says:

    Sorry to hear of Barb’s passing. Many years ago we lived in the same neighborhood, and she was in the class before me at Graham Medical Wellness. Will miss seeing her there.

  11. Lorraine (Courtney) Rosenberg says:

    We met in Canton High School and she was vivacious, pretty and fun. Rest In Peace, old friend.

  12. Rev. Layton & Dee Malone says:

    So sorry to hear of Barbara’s passing. She was a dear friend & loyal supporter of the Malone Evangelistic Team for many years. We always looked forward to seeing her at church functions thro’ the years & once in awhile, we would even cross paths with her at the doctor’s office! She was always the same concerned, sweet & friendly Barbara! We will miss getting her Christmas card this year with some neat little enclosure for us to enjoy. On our refrigerator right now one says: “Oh Lord, Help me to remember that nothing is going to happen to me today that you and I together can’t handle”… ~ and that’s just pretty much the way she viewed each day! ~ She was a very special lady, who will be greatly missed!

  13. Lorraine (Courtney) Rosenberg says:

    I met Barb in school either 8th grade or High School. She was so vivacious, pretty, happy and fun. Rest is Peace, old friend.

  14. MaryLou Belless says:

    Our love and prayers to each of you–Barb will be remembered

  15. Kathy Larrabee says:

    Janet and Rick, I am so sorry for your loss. I know there are no words that can say how much sympathy I feel for you and your loved ones. Know that you are loved and thought of. Kathy Arnett Larrabee

  16. Gracie & Larry Jones says:

    I am so sorry for the families loss. Barb was a beautiful person inside and out. She was a witness and testimony for the Lord. We have went calling and inviting people to church together. We punched out and cut out things for Bible School together. I just loved Barb. It was our loss and heaven’s gain.

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