Virginia Ayers Barrass

Virginia C. Ayers Barrass, 96, of Harrisburg died at 4:27 pm Monday, Dec. 15, 2014 at the Harrisburg Medical Center in Harrisburg. She was born Sept. 6, 1918 in Mill Creek to Claude and Effie Goodman Heileg. She first married Virden Ayers on July 19, 1938 in Mantino, and later married Thomas Barrass in 1978 in Saline County.

She is survived by her nieces, Vicki (Tom) Fox of Carrier Mills, Linda Donaldson of Marion; nephews, Michael and Wardie Heilig both of Marion; great nieces and nephews, Angie (Larry) Henk of Harrisburg; great-great niece, Anniston, Austin and Brandon Henk. She was preceded in death by her parents; both husbands; one sister and brother in law, Faye and Gwen Owen; one brother and sister in law, Ward and Jane Heileg.

She was a member of the First United Methodist Church in Harrisburg. She was retired after 35 years of service from the Elgin Mental Health Center in Elgin, Illinois.

Graveside services were at 11 a.m. Thursday, Dec. 18, 2014 in the Jonesboro Cemetery with Pastor Christine Cunningham officiating. Interment was in the Jonesboro Cemetery. Friends were asked to go directly to the cemetery. Memorial contributions may be made to Hospice of Southern Illinois. Envelopes will be available at the cemetery and the Rendleman & Hileman Funeral Home.

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