A memorial service will be held at 11 a.m. Tuesday, Feb. 5, at Wheelan-Pressly Funeral Home, 201 E. 4thAve., Milan.Visitation will be Monday, Feb. 4, from 4 to 7 p.m. at the funeral home, with a VFW Post 1303, Ladies Auxiliary memorial ceremony at 6:30 p.m. Additional visitation will be one hour prior to services.Inurnment with military honors, presented by American Legion Post 569/200 and VFW Post 1303, will be at Rock Island National Cemetery, Arsenal Island.In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to the family through Wheelan-Pressly, for a fund to be established.
Barbara was born on March 24, 1952, in Rock Island, the daughter of Richard "Dick" Kemble and Adelia "Jean" Wilson Kemble.She married James Ray on May 10, 1975, at Offutt Air Force Base, Nebraska.He preceded her in death on Nov. 22, 2011.
Barbara graduated from Rock Island High School in 1970 and enlisted in the Air Force where she started her career in computers.This started her lifelong love of computers and in March 2012, she achieved her dream of attaining her degree in computer sciences and technology information, graduating Suma Kum Laude from Colorado Tech University.Her only regret was that the love of her life and biggest cheerleader, Jim, was not here to see her achievement.Her computer skills enabled her to work in several areas including Oklahoma, Ohio and Chicago.She was a part of the Year 2000 conversion group with the Sedona Group in Moline. She was employed at Hughes Tire in Milan and had enjoyed working several of the last summers at Highland Springs Golf Course where she was the cook/grill master for the famous outdoor grill on the weekends.
Being in the Air Force helped Barbara to conquer her fear of heights, and she joined Jim by obtaining her pilot's license, spending many hours with Jim flying around the country in their Cessna until health reasons forced them to give up their pilot licenses.
Barbara joined her grandpa Wilson as an avid Chicago Cubs fan, even when the rest of the family were St. Louis Cardinal Fans.She enjoyed fishing and spent many vacations in Chetek Wis., where last September she joined her sisters and brother for a reunion trip.Watching the birds, especially eagles, was one of her passions.She bowled for many years, and she recently fell in love with the game of golf, and enjoyed spending time on the golf course with her family and friends.She was one of the best bakers you could ever ask for and was thrilled to be able to pass on her secrets to her nieces.
Barbara was a life member of VFW Post 1303 Ladies Auxiliary, the Milan American Legion, Rock Island Women of the Moose and the Rock Island Eagles Auxiliary.Barbara was a member of St. Pius X Church in Rock Island.
She is survived by her brother, Tom (Jean) Kemble, Rock Island; sisters, Mary (Bill) Leistiko, Witchita, Kan., and Edith Graves and Neal Mazzarollo, Rock Island; nieces and nephews, Theresa Leistiko, Wichita, Rik (Cindy) Leistiko, Las Vegas, Nev., Heather (Josh) Lewis, Silvis, Vicki Harding, Rock Island, Patrick (Zina) Kemble, Colona, Tonia (Chris) Wilson, USN, Gulfport, Miss., Casey Boyle, Rock Island and Steven (Malica) Boyle, Rock Island; stepchildren, Gordon (Robin) Gooch, Tracy, Calif., Steven (Kimberly) Ray, Schenectady, N.Y., and Christina (Steve Lasher), Gloversville, Pa.; brothers-in-law, Fred (Fay) Ray, Dixon, Ill., Ken (Dianne) Ray, Loudon, Tenn., and David (Ginny) Ray, Bristow, Okla., numerous nieces, nephews, great-nieces and -nephews; her special adopted niece, Madison Mazzarollo; and her beloved K-9 companions, P-Nut, Molly and dog niece, Baby Girl.She was preceded in death by her husband, Jim, her parents, Dick and Jean Kemble, sister, Donna Boyle, and brother-in-law, Doug (Digger) Graves.Sleep with the angels Barb.
Online condolences may be left for the family atwheelanpressly.com
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