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Barbara Jean Hall-Hawkins, 86, of Springfield, passed away at 10:10 p.m. on Monday, Dec. 12, 2016, at Regency Care.
Barbara was born on Feb. 3, 1930, in Morris, the daughter of Stanley and Bertha Hoge Hall. She married Jack M. Hawkins on Nov. 26, 1950, in Morris; he preceded her in death.
Barbara was a loving and kind woman with a great sense of humor. She spent most of her life as a homemaker raising her four children. Barbara studied Journalism for two years at ISU, which proved valuable later when she edited the Lake Carroll News newspaper. She was artistic, crafty and enjoyed sewing. Barbara made many special holiday outfits for her daughter and her daughter's Barbie doll. She was a 4-H leader for several years, making sure that all the girls made award-winning projects.
In the early years she and Jack had the opportunity to take several vacations that he earned as an agency manager with Country Insurance. The kids always looked forward to "Adventures in Babysitting" with many different sitters during those vacations. Between summers full of boating, fishing and skiing on Lake Carroll and snowmobiling from Freeport to northern Wisconsin, Barb and Jack were always active and outgoing with their family.
She was preceded in death by her parents; one sister, Margaret Condon; and three brothers, William, Robert and George Hall.
She is survived by her four children, Jill (husband, Robert) Morgan of Springfield, Stanley B. (wife, Debbie) of Forreston, Jeffrey M. of Odessa, Texas, and Jack L. (wife, Pam) Hawkins of Munster, Ind.; eight grandchildren, Jeremy, Shirie, Jenni, Andy, Kim, Alex, Julie and Emily; one great-grandchild, Richard; four siblings, Donald Hall of Rockford, Ralph (wife, Pat) Hall of Casa Grande, Ariz., Bev (husband, Don) Anderson of Ottawa, and Lynnette (husband, Ralph) Johnson of Marseilles; and many nieces, nephews and cousins.
Visitation and Funeral Ceremony: Family will receive friends from 10 a.m. until 12:15 p.m. on Friday, Dec. 16, 2016, at Douglas Avenue United Methodist Church, 501 South Douglas Ave, Springfield. A Funeral Ceremony will be held at 12:30 p.m. with Rev. Julia Melgreen officiating. Burial will follow at Camp Butler National Cemetery.
Memorial contributions may be made to Douglas Avenue United Methodist Church, 501 South Douglas Avenue, Springfield, IL 62704.
The family of Barbara Jean Hall-Hawkins is being served by Kirlin-Egan & Butler Funeral Home, 900 S. 6th St., Springfield.
Please visit butlerfuneralhomes.com to offer your condolences.
Published on December 14, 2016
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