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Barbara Kay Belford Millette of Carbondale

updated: 1/1/2018 10:56 PM

Barbara Kay Belford Millette of Carbondale passed away Thursday, Dec. 28, 2017, at Herrin Hospital.

She was born Aug. 21, 1941, to Frank and Maurine (Craig) Belford. She married her childhood buddy, Jerry Millette, in 1963.

Barb is survived by her daughter, Camille Dorris (John); her reason for living, grandchildren Ryan and Emma Dorris; brother-in-law Ron Boss; and several cousins, with one very special for her constant concern, willingness to give care if needed and close friendship, Melanie Cortelloni and husband Gary.

She was preceded in death by her parents; sister Marilyn Sue Boss; an uncle and several aunts; and childhood friend Shannon Sims Bush.

Barb was a lifetime resident of Carbondale. She was self-supportive, starting by mowing lawns at age 14. During school days she worked as a carhop at the Frost Tap drive-in and in the concession stand at the Varsity Theater. She was a stenographer for Hartford Insurance Co. and E.M. Webb Engineering. She worked at Memorial Hospital of Carbondale for 30 years, with most of those years in the human resources department as a personnel representative.

Barb bowled on a league from the age 16 to when the bowling alley closed when she was in her 60s. In the past she enjoyed playing rummy with her friends and going to the riverboat. She also called herself an addict to yard sales and auctions. At her death she had a consignment booth at Warehouse Antique Mall in Marion.

In the past Barb was on the United Way Board and did volunteer work. She enjoyed being her class representative for University School Total Reunion. She was proud to be a part of the history of University School, which to others is known as Pulliam Hall.

Services will be at 11 a.m. Wednesday, Jan. 3 at Meredith Funeral Home in Carbondale with Steve Rhodes officiating. Visitation was Tuesday, Jan. 2, also at the funeral home. Burial will be at Pleasant Grove Memorial Park in Murphysboro.

Memorial contributions in her memory may be made to the Carbondale Senior Citizens Center. Envelopes will be available at the service.

Meredith Funeral Home in Carbondale assisted the family with arrangements.