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Barbara L. Ligon, 80, of West Peoria passed away at 12:38 p.m. Sunday, September 16, 2018 at Unity Point Methodist Hospital, Peoria, Il.
Barbara was born on November 23, 1937 in Quincy, Illinois, the daughter of Everette and Emma L. Featheringill McCollum, who preceded her in death. Her husband, Richard K. Ligon, passed away on December 21, 2008. She was also preceded in death by her two brothers, John and James McCollum.
Surviving are her children: Chris Ligon (Heather McAdams) of Chicago, Jill Ligon (Eric Hoff) of Peoria, Jon Ligon (Mary Harvey) of Peoria and Scott Ligon (Sharon Rutledge) of Chicago.
After graduating from Quincy High School in 1955, Barb married Richard Ligon, also of Quincy, on February 1st, 1958. Her love for her husband was great, and they celebrated their 50th anniversary in 2008. They had four children, and over the years whatever interests they pursued soon became Barb's interests as well. Her support was genuine and her children's friends envied them, seeing that Barb was not only a loving mother but a true friend.
Barb's own interests were many and varied including music, movies, bowling, playing softball, tennis and golf. She was a lifelong St. Louis Cardinals fan and loved the Bradley Braves basketball team. She worked passionately for the Democratic Party, most recently helping with the campaign of U.S. House Representative Cheri Bustos of Illinois.
Barb was extraordinarily interested in the lives of others. She went out of her way to learn about people and to help others (including giving strangers a hand when no one else would’ve even noticed that they needed assistance).
Barb's energy was amazing, continuing to mow the lawn at age 80 in the 90 degree heat, and just two weeks prior to her passing could be found at Fitzgerald's nightclub in Chicago, at two in the morning, dishing out pasta she had purchased following a show by her son, Scott.
Barbara’s life and her death serve as an inspiration to those who were lucky enough to know her. Her children take away with them now Barbara's message of love and kindness for ALL people and feel if they can become even half the giving and caring person Barb was, the world will be a better place.
Cremation rites have been accorded. A family burial will be at a later date at Greenmount Cemetery in Quincy, Illinois. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to Barbara’s favorite NPR station www.wglt.org To Share a memory or condolence with her family visit www.peoriafuneral.com.