Barabara Newberry (74) of Mattoon


Published on March 26 2014 6:21 am

Barbara Newberry, 74, of Mattoon, Illinois passed away Wednesday, March 19, 2014 at Memorial Hermann Texas Medical Center, Houston, Tex.

Funeral services will be held Saturday, March 29 at 10 a. m. at Broadway Christian Church, Mattoon with Pastor's Greg Sexton and Kevin Wolf officiating. Visitation will be held Friday, March 28 from 5-8 p.m. at Broadway Christian Church. Mitchell-Jerdan Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements. Burial will be in Zion Hill Cemetery, Mattoon. Memorials may be made to Broadway Christian Church at 1205 S. 9th Street in Mattoon, Illinois 61938.

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Barbara was born February 7, 1940 in Windsor, the daughter of Clarence Howard and Mary M. (Sims) Steele. She married Ernie Newberry July 26, 1959 in Stewardson. She was co-owner with her husband in Photography By Ernie and was a member of Broadway Christian Church of Mattoon. Barbara enjoyed reading, cross-stitching, playing card games, taking relaxing drives with her husband and spending time with her family.

She is survived by her husband, Ernie Newberry of Mattoon.; son, Jeff Newberry of Tolono; two brothers, Clarence Steele of Lexington, Ky. and Clark Steele of Effingham; sister, Rose  Ervin of Mattoon; six grandchildren, Jeffrey Newberry of St. Louis, Mo., Lloyd Newberry of St. Louis, Mo., Naomi (Newberry) Ruscitti of San Diego, CA, Melanie (Newberry) Birky of Goshen, In.,  Tiffany (Newberry) Ravedutti of League City, Tx., and Destani Newberry of Tolono; two great- grandchildren, Allysa and Allison Ruscitti of San Diego, Ca.; numerous nephews and nieces and two  god-children.

Barbara was preceded in death by her parents; son, Gary Newberry and brother, Gene Steele.