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Barbara J. Wren

Published: Thursday, Oct. 3, 2013 9:07 a.m. CST

DIAMOND — Barbara J. Wren, 68, of Diamond, passed away Monday evening, Sept. 30, 2013 at Morris Hospital, after a long, courageous battle with cancer.

Born April 19, 1945, in Morris, Barbara was a daughter of the late Herbert Charles and Pauline Antonia Hansen-Gunnerson. She was raised and educated in Morris, Ill., where on Sept. 10, 1966, Barb married Francis Jr. Wren.

Barbara worked as a beautician, owning and operating Barb's Beauty Shop in Coal City, Ill., for numerous years, and most recently worked for Reflections Hair Design in Coal City.

Barb was a member of the Coal City Area Club and enjoyed fishing and reading. She took pleasure in going to horse shows and seeing her daughter and granddaughter show. She cherished spending time with her daughters and grandchildren and will be remembered sharing many memorable times at the barn.

Survivors include her husband of 47 years Francis Jr.; two daughters: Stephanie (Butch) Ryan of Coal City and Stacy Wren (Patrick Patterson) of Diamond; two grandchildren, Korey Wren and Brittany Ryan; one sister, Betty (Glenn, Sr.) Friant of Morris; her mother-in-law, Fern Wren and aunt Ruth Sanders, both of Coal City; and brothers and sisters-in-law, Charles (Margaret) Wren of Braidwood, Ill., Gary Wren of Carbon Hill and Ronald (Dena) Wren, Sherrie Hobbs and Richard (Joan) Wren, all of Coal City; and numerous nieces and nephews.

Barb was preceded in death by her parents; daughter, Michele (1989), one brother, Richard "Dick" Gunnerson; and her father-in-law, Francis Wren, Sr.; as well as numerous aunts and uncles.

The visitation and video tribute will be from 4 to 8 p.m. Thursday, Oct. 3 at Reeves Funeral Home, 75 North Broadway (one block north of Illinois 113) in Coal City. Funeral services will follow at 10 a.m. Friday, Oct. 4 at the funeral home.

Burial will be in Evergreen Cemetery, Morris.

Preferred memorials may be made as gifts in Barb's memory to her family for distribution to local charities of their choosing.

Friends may sign the online guestbook or send private condolences to the family by visiting www.ReevesFuneral.com.

Funeral services and arrangements have been made under the direction and care of Reeves Funeral Homes, Ltd. in Coal City. For more information, call 815-634-2125.

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