Celebrating the life of Cheryl Ann Barber
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Sunday, September 5, 2021, surrounded by her children.
Cheryl was born November 24, 1947, in Urbana, the only child of Andrew Wilson Gammon and
Stella Bea Whiles. She married William Frank Barber on December 9, 1978, at the Stratford
Park Bible Church in Champaign.
Cheryl is survived by her three children, Lisa Wages, Joanna Dallara, and Frank Barber, their spouses, Bryan, M. Jake, and Laine, and her four granddaughters, Edanne, Lily, Audrey, and Lena.
In addition to her devotion to her family, Cheryl was a dedicated educator her entire adult life.
Starting out as a substitute teacher in the Chicago and Champaign school districts, she then
received her Master's degree in Continuing Education from the University of Illinois in 1991.
Upon graduation, Cheryl was hired by the UIUC Office of Continuing Education where she
developed and greatly expanded their educational programs for older adults, including the
locally-focused Senior Scholars program which brought university professors into senior living
communities for lecture series, and the nationally-focused Elderhostel program, which included
university lecture series and educational excursions for seniors led by professors, from regional
trips, like studying Mark Twain in Hannibal MO, to international ones including an Italian opera
series in central Italy. After retiring in 2008, Cheryl spent her free time pursuing her love of travel, visiting numerous National Parks and Presidential Libraries around the country, as well as fulfilling her lifelong dream of a trip to Paris. She also volunteered with the local Altrusa club, even serving a term as treasurer. Above all, spending time with her children, grandchildren, and beloved dogs was her greatest joy.
Memorials may be made to organizations of the donor's choice, or to Altrusa. Illiana Cremation Society is assisting the family with cremation arrangements. Condolences may be share with the family on her everlasting memorial page at: www.IllianaCremationSociety.com.
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