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Debrah Barber


Debrah Barber, 74 of Benld passed away at her son’s residence in Gillespie, on Tuesday, Oct. 18, 2022 at 6 a.m.

She was born on June 23, 1948 in Alton to the late Richard Edward Main and Clema Maybell Main.

She married Arthur Barber Jr. on July 10, 1967 and he passed away on March 11, 2022.

She was a homemaker and military wife.

She was a member of the First United Methodist Church of Gillespie.

She enjoyed spending time with grandkids, family, friends, and enjoyed her sister days as a “Red Hatter.”

Services are pending at this time and will be updated at

Burial will be in Jefferson Barracks National Cemetery in St. Louis, Missouri

She is survived by sons, Andrew (Melinda) Barber of Gillespie, Timothy (Sara) Barber of Sawyerville; grandchildren; Dakotah (Emily), Morgan, Abigail, Mason (Kendra), Connor, Katy, John Allen, & Shawne Copeland; sister, Ramona (Melvin) Highfill of Jerseyville; numerous nieces, nephews and cousins.

She was prceded in death by her husband; parents; brothers, Jimmy, Paul, Pete, Gerald Main; sisters, Doris Wallace, Joyce Brooks, Bonnie Terril and Carol Walsh.

Memorials are suggested to the United Methodist Women of Gillespie.

Williamson Funeral Home, Staunton, is in charge of arrangements.