Created on Thursday, 15 November 2012 Written by THE BELLEFONTAINE EXAMINER STAFF
Barbara Lee Willeke-Stillings, of Urbana, 59, beloved wife, mother, and grandmother, passed unexpectedly Saturday, Oct. 27, 2012.
Barb was born in Kenton on Oct. 19, 1953, to the late Vernal and Marilyn Wilkerson Willeke. She also was preceded in death by sister, Cheryl Willeke Bensman; nephew, Jonathan Bensman; and brother-in-law, Gerald Stillings.
On Dec. 28, 2001, she married Phil Stillings in Maryville, Tenn., and he survives, along with a daughter, Shannon (Jeff) Stevens-Spence; son, Floyd Stevens; sister, Deb (Dennis) Bensman; brother-in-law, Ron Bensman; brother, Steven Willeke; sister-in-law, Diane (George) Cady; brother-in-law, Roger (Judy) Stillings; stepchildren, Randy Stillings, Amber Stillings and Wendy (Michael) Stillings-Barnes; grandchildren, Gavin Spence, Shawn, Andrea and Nicole Stevens; stepgrandchildren, Brandon (Heather) Spence and Amber Spence, Reagan Stillings, Michael Jr., Nathaniel and Andrew Barnes; great-stepgrandchildren, Aubri Spence and Kelis Hayes; nieces and nephews, Dawn (Monte) Heppard, Denise (Matt) Jarvis, Doug (Shawna) Bensman, Matt (Kaley) Bensman and Dan (Mandy) Bensman; numerous other great-nieces and nephews; and special friends, Dave and Denise Wofford.
Barb was an assistant manager at Walmart for 21 years and most recently worked at the Urbana location. She was their mentor, close friend, and confidant. Her positive attitude was an inspiration to all who worked with her.
She enjoyed gardening, baking, playing the slot machines with her husband and spending time with her grandson. Barb always wanted the best in life for her family and friends. She will be greatly missed and will always be in our hearts.
Due to her strong belief in organ donation, she was able to enhance other lives through her gift. In memory of her, family requests the gift of time, talents or monetarily contributions to The Caring Kitchen of Urbana or the Cancer Association of Champaign County.
Per her wishes, she was cremated. A celebration of her life is from 3 to 5 p.m. Saturday in the Knights of Columbus Hall, 518 N. Locust St., Urbana. Walter & Smith Funeral Home, 642 S. Main St., Urbana, handled arrangements.
“We can no longer see you with our eyes, touch you with our hands, but we will feel you in our hearts forever.”