Our hearts are broken to announce the passing of our beloved mother Barbara Gene Willis at the age of 95 and 11 months. She took her final breath early Wednesday morning, July 5 at 12:33 a.m., surrounded by her loved ones.
Visitation will be from 5:00 to 7:00 pm on Saturday, July 15, at The Hamil Family Funeral Home, 6449 Buffalo Gap Rd. Funeral service will be held at 2:00 pm on Sunday, July 16 at The Hamil Family Funeral Home, with a graveside service at 10:00 am on Monday, July 17 at Elmwood Memorial Park.
She was born August 2, 1927, in Tecumseh, Oklahoma to Thurman Roy and Vera May McKinney. She attended NTSTC in Denton and HSU in Abilene. She married Troy Willis, November 29, 1949.
She is survived by her five children Ray Vaughn “Rip” Willis, Carla and her husband Martin Gohlke, Kelly Willis and his wife Ann, Cynthia Willis and Roy Wade Willis and his wife Jeanne. She was a loving Memaw to her ten grandchildren Matthew Willis (Lakendra), Chad Gohlke and his wife Kasey, Seth Gohlke and his wife Christy, Cody Gohlke and his wife Rachel, Beau Willis and his wife Kelley, Kandice Nitsch and her husband Bear, Koby Rodgers (Jamie), Aimee Pacheco, Jacob Willis (Kat), Tate Willis and 20 greatgrandchildren, and numerous nieces, nephews and cousins.
She is preceded in death by her parents, husband and grandson Sean Willis and sister Lila Lee Cook and husband Jim.
Barbara was a loving and caring stay at home mom until the early 70’s when she dove into the real estate business then later sold pre-need and was the office manager at Elmwood Memorial Park.
She was very active in her church and raised her children to love and live for the Lord.
She was very involved in various organizations. She was a member of ABWA, Texas Wildflower, Red Hat Society, Thursday book club, Beta Sigma Phi, Sigma Gama, Rho, and continued to bowl well up into her 80’s. She touched the lives of everyone that knew her and was blessed by a loving family and friends.
May you rest easy in the Lord’s grace and love. Your life was an example that will live far beyond your day here on this earth. You will be forever missed and always in our hearts.