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Barbara Eaglen Grace

July 30, 1949 — October 16, 2022

Barbara Eaglen Grace, 73, of Carbondale, peacefully passed from this life on October 16, 2022, at home, with her husband, Charles, by her side. She is also survived by her daughter Katey, her granddaughter, Gemma Rose, and her stepson Chip.


She was born on July 30, 1949, in Danville and her family lived in Pekin. Her mother, Delores Hack Eaglen, and her father, Robert L. Eaglen, predeceased her. Barbara was the oldest of six sisters. Sue Childress, Janet Osterman, Marcie Stuckel, and Amy Eaglen all live in Central Illinois and Terri Leach in Montana.


Barbara attended college at SIU-Carbondale and obtained her B.S. degree and Master’s Degree in early childhood education there. She went to work there as an instructor and transitioned into early childhood programs.


After 30 years at SIU-C she retired as Director of the Southern Region Pre-Kindergarten Program, which she developed and which was a collaboration between the university and four southern Illinois Counties’ pre-kindergarten programs. There were numerous teachers and staff that were employed, and she loved them all.


A Celebration of Life, hosted by the family, will be held on Monday, January 23, 2023, starting at 4:30 pm at the Buckwater Brew Works and Whiskey House in Carbondale. The family greatly appreciates the assistance of Meredith Funeral Home. The Alzheimer’s Association Illinois Chapter is the family choice of donation.


To leave a story or memory of Barbara visit www.meredithfh.com


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Monday, January 23, 2023

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Buckwater Brew Works and Whiskey House

213 East Main Street, Carbondale, IL 62901

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