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Barbara Gilliam

July 30, 1935 — January 25, 2021

Barbara J. Gilliam, 85, of East Moline passed away January 25, 2021 at Allure of Geneseo Nursing Home.

Due to COVID 19 restrictions funeral services will be private. Burial will be in Greenview Memorial Gardens in East Moline.

Barbara was born July 30, 1935 in Nashville, TN the daughter of George and Nelda Mae Chaney Burroughs. She married Ernest P. Gilliam October 30, 1953 in Thomasville, GA. He passed away November 15, 2003. Barbara worked as a respiratory therapist at Lutheran Hospital for several years. She was a member of the Red Hat Society and the Mended Hearts Program. Barbara enjoyed reading, Bible study, collecting bears, and crafts, and loved playing BINGO and shopping.

Survivors include her children Merrilee (Merle) Gilbert of East Moline, Gregg (Sally) Gilliam of Kewanee, IL, Shirley (Joe) Garrity of Geneseo, and Everett Curtis (Patty) Arnold Jr. of North Carolina; grandchildren Kenny (Misty Bartholomew) Gilbert, Kristy (Amy Weeks) Gilbert, Kayla (Kris) Novitsky, Shannon (Jeff) Weber, Jeremy Lekos, Matthew Morris, Shaun Garrity, Matthew Arnold, and Mark Arnold; 7 great grandchildren and 4 great great grandchildren and a sister Kathleen Thomas of Pinellas Park, FL.

Barbara was preceded in death by her parents, husband, 1 sister, and 2 brothers.

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