Barbara Miller

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Barbara A. Miller, nee Downs, 87, of Belleville, IL, born February 3, 1932, in East St. Louis, IL, died Saturday, January 18, 2020, at Barnes Jewish Hospital, St. Louis, MO.

Barbara was a member of St. Augustine of Canterbury Catholic Church, Belleville, IL, and a member of the Catholic War Veterans Auxiliary. Barbara worked at Liese Lumber for 10 years before her retirement.

She was preceded in death by her husband of 47 years, Norbert “Tubby” Miller, whom she married on February 27, 1954, and who died August 28, 2001; her parents, Albert and Mathilda, nee Wuller, Downs; and three brothers, Dave (Margie) Downs, Frank Downs,
and Charles Downs.

Surviving are her children, Carol (Dennis) Campney of Swansea, IL,
Gary (Kay) Miller of Marissa, IL,
Ann Miller of Waterloo, IL,
Marilyn Thompson of Swansea,
Tom (Lisa) Miller of Belleville, IL,
JoEllen (Warren) Snover of Waterloo, IL,
Michael Miller of Freeburg, IL,
Timothy Miller of California,
and Jean Bedwell of Belleville, IL;
16 grandchildren;
19 great-grandchildren;
a brother, Larry and (Mary Ann) Downs of Arizona;
a sister, Sr. Serena Downs of St. Louis, MO;
three sisters-in-law, Margie Downs, Marie Ann Downs, and Mildred Gerling;
and many nieces, nephews, and cousins;

The family would like to give special thanks to Barnes-Jewish Hospital for the wonderful care given to Barbara and also to Dawn Beintker for all her help with Grandma.

Memorials may be made to St. Augustine of Canterbury Catholic Church. Condolences may be expressed to the family online at

Visitation: Friends may visit from 4 p.m. to 8 p.m. Monday, January 20, 2020, and from 9 a.m. to 10 a.m., Tuesday, January 21, 2020, at St. Augustine of Canterbury Catholic Church, Belleville, IL.

Funeral: A Mass of Christian Burial will be held at 10 a.m. Tuesday, January 21, 2020, at St. Augustine of Canterbury Catholic Church, Belleville, IL, with Msgr. William McGhee and Father Kenneth York concelebrating.

Burial will be at Lake View Memorial Gardens, Fairview Heights, IL.


11 Comments on Barbara Miller

Roberta Meehan said : Guest Report Jan 22, 2020 at 6:07 PM

Your Mother and I were classmates at St Teresa Academy and. Attended luncheons for many years. She was a friend. You have my sympathy for your loss.

  • Belleville
  • IL
Bob & Betty Bolt said : Guest Report Jan 21, 2020 at 10:40 PM

To the family of Barb Miller We are very sorry we were unable to attend the services for your Mother Please accept our HearthfulSympathy Our activities are limited Your Dad and Mother have left us with good memories

  • Smithton, IL
  • il
Ruth Berkel said : Guest Report Jan 21, 2020 at 4:52 PM

So sorry for your loss. She was a wonderful neighbor, and a darn good Pinochle player!! God Bless Her!

  • O'Fallon
  • IL
Chris and Jackie Nowak said : Guest Report Jan 21, 2020 at 2:59 AM

Our sympathies to the family. Tom we are very sorry we weren’t able to be there. Know you all are in our thoughts and prayers at this difficult time. God Bless

  • Belleville
  • IL
Frank Cange said : Guest Report Jan 21, 2020 at 2:57 AM

My deepest sympathy at the loss of Barb. She was in the Saturday morning rosary group at St. A's many years, and I remember seeing her and Tubby in church for many years.

  • Belleville
  • Illinois
Lee Ann (Gagen) Bush said : Guest Report Jan 20, 2020 at 2:07 PM

Our prayers go out to the family of Mrs. Barbara Miller. I remember seeing a lot of her at St. A 's. She was a really sweet person who will be missed.

  • Swansea
  • IL
Taurianne Jackson said : Guest Report Jan 20, 2020 at 2:46 AM

My condolences and prayers to Marilyn and her entire family on the passing of their loved one. My Deepest condolences from Taurie Fresh Production Supervisor from Ofallon Walmart.

  • Belleville
  • Illinois
Julie and PatMcHugh said : Guest Report Jan 19, 2020 at 5:23 PM

May your sweet memories soon outweigh your grief. We have fond memories of laughs and fun playing cards with you and Mom. We always looked forward to time spent together. ❤️

  • Belleville
  • IL
Michael Karwoski said : Guest Report Jan 19, 2020 at 1:09 PM

My Deepest Condolences To The Entire Miller Family God Bless You All

  • Millstadt
  • Illinois
Patty (Hanley) Williams said : Guest Report Jan 19, 2020 at 3:52 AM

To the Miller Family, I am so sorry to hear about the loss of your mom. My prayers go out to all of you.

  • Belleville
  • IL
Janet Shearrer said : Guest Report Jan 19, 2020 at 1:36 AM

Jean, I am so sorry for the loss of your mother! My thoughts and prayers are with you and your family during this difficult time! Remain strong and know that she’s in a better place! Keep in touch, Janet

  • Belleville
  • Illinois

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