Barbara Osborn

  • Born: October 9, 1923
  • Died: March 3, 2018
  • Location: Sterling, Illinois

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Rock Falls, IL 61071

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Barbara Jeanne Reed Osborn was born October 9, 1923 in London Mills, IL the sixth of fourteen children of Bertha and Cyril Reed.

After receiving a Bachelor of Arts degree from Western Illinois University, she married Philip Shanton Osborn in 1946. Barbara also earned a Master's Degree in Library Science from the University of Colorado and a M. A. in Instructional Technology from Northern Illinois University. Her teaching career of thirty years included twenty years at Sterling High School as library director.

Soon after retiring in 1987, Barb and Phil became volunteers in Mission, serving for two years at Alice Lloyd College located in the Eastern Appalachians of Kentucky.

Barbara was preceded in death by husband Philip, sisters Elizabeth and Virginia, brothers Quentin, Willard, Hubert, James, Philip and Clayton, daughters-in-law, Ellen and Joyce.

Barbara's survivors include her three sons, David, Paul (Linda) and Daniel, grandchildren, Abigail (Timothy) Osborn-Ward, Philip Osborn (fiance Macy Frye), Jacob Adams, Hilary (Grant) Wahlheim, Hayley Osborn, Samuel Osborn and Andrew Osborn and one great grandchild, Robert Reed Ward born February 17, 2018, two brothers, Warner (Jane) Reed, Rudy (Mary) Reed, and three sisters, Greta Kumlander, Marcia (Robert) Little and Alicia (Robert) Aden and numerous nieces and nephews.

A memorial service will be held April 21st a the First Presbyterian Church in Sterling. The time of the service will be later determined. A memorial has been established to the First Presbyterian Church of Sterling to the church library or music fund.