Brenda L. Barker, 54


Brenda Louise Barker, 54, of Taylorville, died on Tuesday, Aug. 2, 2022, at 4:30 p.m. with her family by her side.

Visitation will be held Friday, Aug. 5, from 5 to 8 p.m. at Shafer-Perfetti and Assalley Funeral Home in Taylorville. Funeral services will be conducted Saturday, Aug. 6, beginning at 11 a.m. at the funeral home. Interment will follow at Oak Hill Cemetery in Taylorville. Following the burial, the family invites friends and family to gather at the Church of the Nazarene in Taylorville for a luncheon.

Mrs. Barker was born Feb. 29, 1968, in Hillsboro, to Hubert and Betty Louise (Stolte) Barker. She married Larry D. Grzybinski, and they later divorced. She then married David L. Lowis, and he preceded her in death on Feb. 10, 2020.

She graduated from Taylorville High School with the class of 1986. She worked for many years in the cafeteria at Taylorville High School, and then at Memorial School as a custodian. She also worked as a bartender at The Patch in Hewittville, and most recently with her grandson, “The John Deere Boy,” providing lawncare.

Mrs. Barker was a member of The Eagles #1425 in Taylorville, and was a former secretary of the Mid-State Chapter of A.B.A.T.E.

She was hardworking, generous to those in need and always late. She enjoyed riding her Honda Rebel 250, gardening, cooking, baking, fishing and late night runs for Casey’s pizza. Above all, her life was her grandchildren and spending time with them.

Mrs. Barker is survived by her mother, Betty L. Babbs of Taylorville; daughter, Kaci Louise (husband DJ) DeVore of Taylorville; grandchildren, Gage Price, Jaylynn DeVore and Austyn June DeVore, all of Taylorville; brothers, Larry (wife Vicki), Clarence (wife Betty), Ralph and David Barker, all of Taylorville; sister, Tina Babbs of Taylorville; special friend, Missy Zini; and several nieces and nephews.

In addition to her husband, she was preceded in death by her father; and stepfather, Charles V. Babbs.

Memorials may be directed to the family c/o Assalley Funeral Home, 202 W. Franklin St., Taylorville, IL 62568.

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