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Welcome to the memorial page for

Eleanor Louise (Deadman) Barber

February 8, 1919 ~ June 25, 2017 (age 98)

Eleanor Deadman Barber, 98 of Hillman, died at MidMichigan Medical Center – Alpena on Sunday evening after a short illness.  The last surviving child of the late Hon. Richard H. and Lillie (Rea) Deadman.  She was born in Alpena in 1919, during the Spanish Influenza Pandemic.  She and her mother were one of only two Alpena families where both the mother and child survived that winter.

In addition to her parents, she is preceded in death by her husband Leroy E. Barber, a daughter Kathryn Emerson Buntin, a grandson Richard Winslow Barber, a brother R. Rea Deadman and four sisters Elizabeth Connon, Dorothy Anderson, Christine Smith and Marion Lauderbaugh.

As with any member of her generation, Eleanor faced life head-on, doing what needed to be done to care for those who depended on her.  During WWII, she worked at U of M Hospital and took in laundry from war workers while taking care of a family and maintaining a home.  She worked at various times as a parts inspector, a solderer for avionics equipment and the aerospace industry, an employment counselor and writing for various professional magazines.

Her volunteer work included March of Dimes campaigns, the Montmorency County Historical Society and quilting for various charitable causes.  She was active in Girl Scouts, Boys Scouts and Indian Guides/Princesses while her children were growing up.  Her hobbies included quilting/sewing, gardening, writing and baking.  She baked the highest pineapple chiffon cake and the best pies and cookies imaginable.  She could tell and embroider a story like nobody’s business and was a treasure trove of family history.

She could be a tough grandma, according to unanimous consensus of her grandchildren.  She was quick to put one “on a hard chair” for not towing the line, but she was equally generous with praise and cookies or pie for a job well done.  You always knew where you stood with her, she was always dependable and kept her promises.

Eleanor is survived by sons Richard G. Barber of Hillman, James L. Barber of Ypsilanti, daughters Janet Hohmann-Lamb of Ann Arbor and Margaret Hurd-Holcz (Stephen) of Southgate, 6 grandchildren, 9 great-grandchildren, 3 great-great-grandchildren, numerous nieces and nephews.

Visitation will take place Tuesday, June 27, 2017 at Calvary Episcopal Church in Hillman from 12 noon until time of funeral service at 2 p.m. with Rev. Bruce Michaud officiating.  Arrangements are being handled by the Bannan Funeral Home.

Interment: Hillman Rust Township

In lieu of flowers memorials may be made to Calvary Episcopal Church or Elk County Animal Shelter.


 Service Information

Visitation
Tuesday
June 27, 2017

12:00 PM to 2:00 PM
Calvary Episcopal Church
330 State St, ,
Hillman, MI 49746

Funeral Service
Tuesday
June 27, 2017

2:00 PM
Calvary Episcopal Church
330 State St, ,
Hillman, MI 49746