Sunday, Dec. 9, 2012

Barbara J. Waters, 78, of Peoria died at 3 a.m. Sunday, Dec. 9, 2012, at her home.

Born Feb. 10, 1934, in Chillicothe to James D. Osburn and Stella M. Wilcox Osburn (High), she married John L. Waters on June 11, 1952, in San Clemente, Calif. He survives.

Surviving are her children, Terry L. Waters and Julie A. Waters, both of Peoria; two granddaughters; and two great-granddaughters. Also surviving are her two sisters, Joann (John) Babington of Peoria and Carol Loser of Chillicothe.

She was preceded in death by her two sisters, Ruth Robinson and Mickey High Henderson.

She worked as a homemaker, mother and volunteer. She was one of the original members of the Peoria Association of Retarded Citizens, PARC, helping to establish the organization in its early years. She continued to support people with developmental disabilities her entire life. She served her community as a Limestone Township trustee for 10 years and an election judge for 25 years.

She was a member of Alpha Chi Sorority, Elks Emblem Club, the Shrine Ladies of the Nile and she was a volunteer at the Illinois CancerCare Center.

A memorial service was Saturday at Forrest Hill United Methodist Church in Peoria.

In lieu of flowers, the family is requesting that memorials be made to PARC, P.O. Box 3418, Peoria, IL 61612.

The Cremation Society of Mid-Illinois Co., Pekin/Peoria, is assisting the family with arrangements.

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