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VARNA — Barbara Jean Marshall, 70, of Varna, passed away Sunday (Sept. 8, 2019) at home.

Mass of Christian burial will be at 10:30 a.m. Saturday in St. Mary’s Church, Wenona, with the Franciscan friars officiating. Burial will be in St. Mary’s Cemetery. Visitation will be from 5 to 7:30 p.m. Friday in Hurst Funeral Home, Wenona. Additional visitation will be in the church from 10 a.m. Saturday until time of service.

Barbara was born Aug. 7, 1949, in Streator, to Gaylord and Kathryn Jonen Emm. She married Rolland “Dave” Marshall on Aug. 23, 1969, at St. Mary’s Catholic Church, Wenona. They were married 50 years.

Barbara was a teacher for 27 years; she taught at Streator High School, Toluca High School and Fieldcrest High School before retiring in 2005.

She was a member of St. Mary’s Catholic Church in Wenona. She enjoyed cooking and baking, spending time with friends and family, and she had a special, close relationship with her grandson, Brock.

She is survived by her husband, Dave, Varna; her son, Bradley (Kathryn) Marshall, Colona; grandson, Brock Marshall; a brother, Alan (Jackie) Emm, Mendota; a sister, Shirley (Ron) Jackson, Union, Neb.; her mother-in-law, Rita Marshall, Streator; brothers-in-law, Dan (Trish) Marshall, El Paso, and Tim (Linda) Marshall, Streator; and several nephews and nieces.

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She was preceded in death by her parents; an infant sister, Helen; father-in law, Rollie Marshall; and niece, Becky Marshall-Curtis.

The family would like to express their appreciation to the staff of Vitas Hospice and the many prayers of support of family and friends.

Pallbearers will be Jason Jackson, Jake Jackson, Jordan Jackson, Barry Beetz, Brian Emm and Andrew Marshall.

Memorials may be made to St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital or a charity of the donor’s choice.

Condolences may be viewed and remembrances shared at www.hurstfuneralhomes.com.

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