Barbara Brainard

Dec 29th, 1936 - Oct 1st, 2017


Blue Funeral Home (Marion)

Thu, Oct. 5th, 2017 10am


Blue Funeral Home (Marion)

Thu, Oct. 5th, 2017 11am

Barbara Brainard

Barbara Ann (Hagen) Brainard, 80, formerly of Pittsburg, Illinois, passed away on October 1, 2017 in Marion, Illinois.

A memorial celebration will be held at 11:00 AM on Thursday, October 5, 2017 at Blue Funeral Home in Marion, IL with a brief visitation beginning at 10:00 AM.

Barbara was born December 29, 1936 in Louisville, IL to Kermit and Veneta Hagen. She married Glen O. Brainard on March 29, 1957 in Louisville, IL. Prior to marriage she worked for a Clay County attorney as a legal secretary.  After starting their family, Barbara was a stay at home mother and took pride in gardening, cooking, sewing, and quilting.  She also was a volunteer and Shawnee Christian Nursing Center and was a Sunday school teacher for many years at Parish Park Christian Church.  Later after raising her 3 children, Barbara was employed with Food Town grocery store in Marion, IL.  Upon the time of her death she was a member of First Christian Church in Herrin, IL.

Barbara is preceded in death by her parents and oldest brother Wayne Hagen. She is survived by her husband Glen, Sons Michael (Sandra) Brainard and two grandchildren and one great grandchild and Gregory Brainard and three grandsons and seven great grandchildren and daughter Debra (Larry) Fones and two grandsons.  Her brothers: Robert (Janice) Hagen, Roger (Dena) Hagen, Larry (Kathy) Hagen, and Darrell (Bobbi) Hagen.  Her sisters: Adeline (Larren) Kincaid, Joyce Deimel and Kathryn (Bill) Brown, 5 Nephews and 11 Nieces and many friends.

The family requests no flowers be sent, however memorials may be given in Barbara’s name to First Christian Church of Herrin in Herrin, IL. ( )

7 Guestbook Messages

  • Guest: Rigina

    From: , Arkansas

    Date: October 3, 2017

    Thinking about you Greg and your family. Praying for peace for you all. Loves and hugs

  • Guest: Joy Starrick

    From: Mesa, Arizona

    Date: October 3, 2017

    So sorry bff to u and your family. Prays for comfort and peace. Love u

  • Guest: Todd & Cathy Bradley

    From: Clermont, Florida

    Date: October 4, 2017

    Sorry to hear of your loss. Prayers for your family

  • Guest: Jerri Kelly

    From: Marion , Illinois

    Date: October 4, 2017

    We are so very sorry to hear of Barbara’s passing.
    Prayers to the entire family for your loss.

  • Guest: Don and Donna vanMatre

    From: Olney, Illinois

    Date: October 4, 2017

    Barbara was a special aunt . So pleasant and sweet.

    So sorry for your loss.

    Love, Don and Donna VanMatre / Brainard

  • Guest: Bonnie Darter

    From: Marion, Illinois

    Date: October 5, 2017

    Our thoughts & prayers are with you. She was such a nice lady. She always brought delicious food to potlucks at Parish Park Church. God Bless the family.

  • Guest: Dottie Lawrence

    From: Marion, Illinois

    Date: October 5, 2017

    I remember Barb as the original “super-mom”. From the days at Parish Parh Christian Church and the Food Towne Grocery Store, I saw her as a women who could do it all: sew, cook, teach, work hard and as a lady who greatly loved God and her family.