February 29, 1968 ~ August 2, 2022

Born in: Hillsboro, Illinois
Resided in: Taylorville, Illinois

Brenda Louise Barker, 54, of Taylorville passed away at 4:30 p.m. on Tuesday, August 2, 2022 with her family by her side.

Brenda was born February 29, 1968 in Hillsboro, the daughter of Hubert and Betty Louise (Stolte) Barker.  She married Larry D. Grzybinski, and they later divorced.  Brenda then married David L. Lowis, and he preceded her in death on February 10, 2020.

Brenda graduated from Taylorville High School with the Class of 1986.  She worked for many years in the cafeteria at Taylorville High School, and then at Memorial School as a custodian.  Brenda also worked as a bartender at The Patch in Hewittville, and most recently with her grandson, “The John Deere Boy”, providing lawncare. She was a member of The Eagles #1425 in Taylorville, and was a former Secretary of the Mid-State Chapter of A.B.A.T.E.

Brenda was hardworking, generous to those in need, and always late.  She enjoyed riding her Honda Rebel 250, gardening, cooking, baking, fishing, and late night runs for Casey’s Pizza. Above all, her life was her grandchildren, and spending time with them.

She was also preceded in death by her father, and stepfather, Charles V. Babbs.

Brenda is survived by her mother, Betty L. Babbs of Taylorville; daughter, Kaci Louise (husband, DJ) DeVore of Taylorville; grandchildren, Gage Price, Jaylynn DeVore, and Austyn June DeVore, all of Taylorville; brothers, Larry (wife, Vicki), Clarence (wife, Betty), Ralph, and David Barker, all of Taylorville; sister, Tina Babbs of Taylorville; special friend, Missy Zini; and several nieces and nephews.

Visitation: The family will receive friends from 5:00-8:00 p.m. on Friday, August 5, 2022, at Shafer-Perfetti & Assalley Funeral Home, 202 W. Franklin Street, Taylorville, IL 62568.

Funeral Ceremony: 11:00 a.m. on Saturday, August 6, 2022, at the funeral home with Rev. Chad Foster officiating.

Interment will follow the funeral ceremony at Oak Hill Cemetery in Taylorville.  The family invites friends and family to gather at the Church of the Nazarene in Taylorville for a luncheon following the burial.

Memorial contributions may be made to Brenda’s family c/o Assalley Funeral Home, 202 W. Franklin Street, Taylorville, IL 62568.

Please visit www.assalleyfuneralhomes.com to share memories of Brenda, or to offer condolences to her family.


Visitation: August 5, 2022 5:00 pm - August 5, 2022 8:00 pm

Shafer-Perfetti & Assalley Funeral Home
202 West Franklin Street
Taylorville, Illinois 62568

Funeral Ceremony: August 6, 2022 11:00 am

Shafer-Perfetti & Assalley Funeral Home
202 West Franklin Street
Taylorville, Illinois 62568

Interment: August 6, 2022 12:15 pm

Oak Hill Cemetery
820 S. Cherokee St.
Taylorville, IL 62568

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The family greatly appreciates donations made to these charities in Brenda Louise Barker's name.

The Family of Brenda Louise Barker c/o Assalley Funeral Home

202 W. Franklin St.
Taylorville, IL

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  1. Light a CandleShe will always be a Queen among the women in my life. She brought me joy and laughter and my life will never be the same without her! Tom & I will miss you but you are forever in our hearts! Love you Bren!

  2. Went to school with her and always seemed to run into her here and there. Always friendly and smiling. I’m very sad to hear this ❤️

  3. Light a CandleBrenda was a great friend,I will always cherish that,May god give you peace and comfort in the coming days,My prayers are with all the family ❤️

  4. Light a CandleMy memories are going back to our childhood and teen years. You always tried to protect me from getting hurt from the girls I dated. And I was older. Well that was you sis. Also you and dad singing I wish I was a teddy bear when you were little. Dad loved that you couldn’t say bear right. Like I told you’re grandson. Nothing can take you from my heart. I’ll miss you. And always love you. Tell dad I miss him too.

  5. I am sorry for your loss. Brenda always had a sense of humor in school, always smiled, and made people laugh.

  6. Light a CandleI’m so sorry for your loss Brenda and my mom were best friends they were always at the lake on the beach or the bar or hanging out somewhere I met her through my mom she was an awesome woman with an amazing personality always had a smile on her face Brenda will be deeply missed prayers and hugs to you all fly high Angel may you rip 🙏🙏

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