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2/27/2020 11:09:00 AM
Barbara Kay Millburg
April 23, 1949 - February 21, 2020
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Barbara Kay Millburg, 70, of Taylorville, passed on from this life at 5:35 a.m. on Friday, February 21, 2020 at Memorial Medical Center in Springfield.

Barbara was born April 23, 1949 in Louisville, Ky., the daughter of Prentice Beckham and Godys (Duvall) Milburn. She graduated from Butler High School in Louisville, and went on to earn her undergraduate and Master’s degrees from Murray State University in Murray, Ky., where she was a proud member of the Alpha Delta Pi sorority.

Barbara served as a public-school educator for 42 years, teaching kindergarten and first grade at North School, and later Chapter One Reading at Memorial School, both in Taylorville. She cherished her work as a teacher, and the ability to positively impact so many children and families over the years, participating in additional activities like teaching homebound students and summer school.

Barbara married Terry Millburg on August 6, 1992 in Taylorville, and they enjoyed 27 years of marriage together. She was a faithful member of Taylorville Christian Church, and participated in many activities and roles of service there, including Bible Study and Young at Heart. Barbara assisted in many charitable activities for the community, including Meals on Wheels and Loving Arms Crisis Pregnancy Center. She was a devoted member of the singing group, Harmony, and loved singing with her friends for the community. Barbara was also a proud member of the University Women of Christian County sorority, as well as Xi Delta. She was a devoted wife, mother, and grandmother, and was a giving and generous soul to all around her.

She was preceded in death by her parents; sisters, Della, Polly, and Joyce; brothers, Robert and P.B.; sister-in-law, Marie; and brothers-in-law, Roy, Bill, and Walter.

Barbara is survived by her husband, Terry Millburg of Taylorville; daughter, Jemma (née Cooper) Elliott of Stevenson Ranch, Calif.; son, Murray Cooper of Effingham; step-daughter, Shannon (husband, John) Millburg Shank of Rockford; step-sons: Steven (wife, Rachel) Millburg of Rockford and Nate (wife, Mindy) Millburg of Rolla, Mo.; grandchildren: Kaia Elliot of Stevenson Ranch, Calif., Dakota, William, and Landyn Cooper of Effingham, Kyla, Grace, and Mia Shank of Rockford, Justice, Alex, and Suzie Millburg of Rockford, and Ethan, Stephen, Terry, Clark, and Jaden Millburg of Rolla, Mo.; sister-in-law, Susan Milburn of Vacaville, Calif.; and numerous nieces, nephews, and cousins.

Visitation: The family will receive guests from 4:00-7:00 p.m. on Thursday, February 27, 2020 at Taylorville Christian Church, 1124 N. Webster Street, Taylorville, IL 62568.

Funeral Ceremony: 10:00 a.m. on Friday, February 28, 2020 at Taylorville Christian Church, with Pastor James Jones officiating.

Interment will follow at St. Maurice Catholic Cemetery in Morrisonville.

The family has entrusted Shafer-Perfetti & Assalley Funeral Home, 202 W. Franklin Street, Taylorville, IL 62568 with ceremonies. Please visit to offer condolences to the family.

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