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Danville Barbara Ann Todd, 79, of Danville passed away peacefully with her BFF, Karen Appleby by her side on July 25, 2017 at 3:10 am in Danville, IL.

Barbara was born on October 5, 1937 in Paris, IL the daughter of Mary Harris Todd Black and Fred Todd.

Barbara is survived by her niece, Kathy (Hughie) Fyfe of Paris, IL, special friends, Karen and Doug Appleby and Damon LaMar all of Danville, Judy Laker of Oakwood, IL and Jackie Prunkard of Fairmount, all of whom she loved very much. She is also survived by Rosie the pug and beloved kitties Dudley and Missy.

Barbara graduated in a class of 8 from a one-room country grade school (Buckeye School near Paris, IL) and from Paris High School in 1955. She graduated from Eastern Illinois University with a degree in education in 1959 and later earned her Masters Degree from the University of Illinois in 1969.

Barbara was an educator for over 50 years. She taught Physical Education in District 118 at all grade levels. She began teaching at Danville Junior College, now Danville Area Community College, part-time in 1965 and became full time in 1967. She taught P.E. and Health until her retirement in 1994. She also taught a Desert Ecology course which was a 10-day science trip to the southwest states and made this trip for 25 years. Barbara served as the department chair of Health, Physical Education and Recreation at DACC during her tenure. After retirement, Barbara worked part-time in the DACC Fitness Center from 1994-2015 and was Co-director of the Fitness Center from 2001-2015.
Barbara founded the Womens Athletic Program, with the help of founding DJC President Mary Miller, and coached volleyball, basketball, softball and field hockey for many years.

She was honored as a DJC Founder in 2011, inducted into the DACC Athletic Hall of Fame in 2009 and was Faculty of the Year at DACC in 1994. She volunteered with the Red Cross for over 36 years, served on the Board of Directors at the Danville City Recreation Department, the Vermilion County Fair Board, 3 term President of the Illinois P.E. Association and Eastern District Division, as well as charter member and past president of the DACC Annuitants Association. Barbara was also fond of horseback riding, animals and crafts.

A Celebration of Life Memorial Service will be held on Saturday July 29, 2017 at 11:00 am at Sunset Funeral Home and Cremation Center 3940 N Vermilion Street Danville, IL. Reverend Paula Wallace will officiate. Inurnment will be in Edgar Cemetery in Paris, IL. Visitation will be held from 10:00-11:00 AM at the funeral home. As per Barbaras wishes, in lieu of flowers memorials may be made to the DACC Foundation for the Barbara A. Todd Scholarship.

Please join Barbaras family in sharing memories, photos, and videos on her tribute wall at www.sunsetfuneralhome.com.
Published on July 26, 2017
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