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Barbara A. Wills

Barbara Ann VanGundy Wills, 87, of Tuscola, IL, passed away on Monday morning, May 10, 2021 at her residence. 

Funeral Services were held at 10 a.m., Saturday, May 15, 2021 at the Tuscola United Methodist Church, 901 North Prairie Street, Tuscola, IL with Rev. Terri Haas officiating. Burial followed in the Tuscola Township Cemetery. 

Visitation was held from 5 to 7 p.m., Friday, May 14, 2021 at the Hilligoss Shrader Funeral Home, 705 South Main Street, Tuscola, IL 

Barbara was born on May 28, 1933 in Macon, IL the daughter of Clarence W. and Alma Marie  Dannenmueller  VanGundy, Sr. She married Phillip Joseph “Joe” Wills on July 10, 1953 in Arcola, IL. He survives. 

Also surviving is her daughter: Jerie Wills of Camargo, IL, son: Phil A. (Connie) Wills of Dawsonville, GA, grandchildren: Ginger (Johnny) Dugan and Phillip (Haley) Wills, 5 great-grandchildren. 

She was preceded in death by her parents, brother: C.W. “JR” VanGundy, Jr. And sister: Rodie Clara King. 

Barbara graduated from Arcola High School in 1951. She earned a Bachelor of Science degree from Eastern Illinois University in physical education. She formerly was a PE teacher at Tuscola Community High School. She obtained her real estate license and owned and operated Wills Real Estate in Tuscola. After retiring from Real Estate, Barbara worked for many years at the Tuscola Public Library. 

She was a member of the Tuscola United Methodist Church and former member of the Tuscola Kiwanis Club. Barbara enjoyed golfing, tennis and playing Bridge.  

Memorials are suggested to the Tuscola United Methodist Church, Tuscola Public Library or Tuscola Kiwanis Club.

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