Official Obituary of


March 8, 1935 ~ February 18, 2024 (age 88) 88 Years Old


Barbara J. Williams, 88, of DeKalb, Illinois, passed away peacefully on February 18, 2024, surrounded by loved ones at Northwestern Medicine Kishwaukee Hospital.

Born on March 8, 1935, in Aurora to Albert and Gladys (Sherwin) Lash, Barbara grew up in Big Rock before relocating to DeKalb in 1956. She dedicated herself to Davison’s Bakery, working part-time from 1965 until her retirement in 2008.  Barb was a lifelong member of First Baptist Church of Big Rock.  

Attending social events with family and friends brought her immense happiness, as she relished the opportunity to connect with loved ones and create lasting memories together.  In all these activities, her zest for life and love for those around her shone brightly, leaving an indelible mark on all who knew her.

Barbara is survived by her daughter, Debra Gabriel of Sycamore; son, Kevin (Teresa Phillips) Williams of Sycamore; her cherished granddaughters, Christine (Lamone) Whitfield, Jordanna (Tim Theige) Marsh, Kaylee (Derek) Hillinger, and Karissa Marsh; five great-grandchildren, Maxwell (6), Arya (6), Layla (4), Ada (3), Myles (1); three special nieces, Karen, Sheri, and Laurie, along with their families; and numerous close friends and family, including former son-in-law, Fred Marsh, and former daughter-in-law, Arlona Fredrickson.

She was preceded in death by her parents; brother, Adelbert “Del” Lash; and his wife, Janet.

Visitation will take place from 1-2pm on Saturday, February 24th at First Baptist Church, 211 Lincoln Avenue, Big Rock.

A memorial service will be held at 2pm on Saturday, February 24th at the church, officiated by Rev. Dr. Huntley Brown and Pastor Steve Schroeder.  Following the service, burial of cremated remains will follow at Welsh Cemetery in Big Rock, Illinois, with arrangements handled by Anderson Funeral Home Crematory.

In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to Anderson Funeral Home, P.O. Box 605, 2011 South Fourth Street, DeKalb, Illinois 60115.

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February 24, 2024

1:00 PM to 2:00 PM
First Baptist Church
211 Lincoln Avenue
Big Rock, IL 60511

Funeral Service
February 24, 2024

2:00 PM
First Baptist Church
211 Lincoln Avenue
Big Rock, IL 60511


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