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Barbara Altman

d. July 9, 2014

Barbara Sue Altman, age 70, of Lincoln passed away on July 9, 2014 in Lincoln, IL. She was born October 1, 1943, in Springfield, IL, the daughter of Raymond and Leona (Council) Estill. She married Richard “Dick” Altman in 1968 in Lincoln, IL. He preceded her in death in 2008. She was also preceded by her first husband, Gary Poole, in 1964 as well as her parents and a granddaughter, Stacey Close. She is survived by one son, Jake (Theresa) Altman of Jacksonville. Daughters; Melody (John) Browning of Lincoln, Penny Poole of Mt. Sterling, Marcie Altman of Alexander, Julie (Steve) Peoples of Eskridge, KS, Beth (Bruce) Yoakum of Bloomington, Richelle (Mike) Barger of Millsboro, DE, fourteen grandchildren, twenty great-grandchildren. She is also survived by her sister, Ann Broch, of Greenview, IL and brother Ron Estill of Middletown, IL. She was a graduate of Middletown High School. She received her Bachelor’s and Master’s degrees in Education from Illinois State University. She taught school for more than 25 years at Lincoln School District 27 and an additional 8 years in Brown County, IL. She enjoyed couponing and was an avid flower gardener. She was quick to help others in any way she could. She was an active member of her church and held several positions including Area President of United Methodist Women While residing in Brown County. She served as finance chair for Sugar Grove United Methodist Church. A member of Hannah’s Circle and served as a representative of the District UMW Nominations Committee. She was a member of the First United Methodist Church of Lincoln and a member of the Sugar Grove United Methodist Church family. She was an active member of Rebekah’s Lodge 17, Delta Gappa Gamma, Republican Women and a 50 year member of Royal Neighbors of America. She was active in Brown/Schuyler Retired Teachers as well as Lincoln Retired Teachers. She served many years on the Brown County Library Board and served as secretary for the Village of Ripley. She volunteered at the Crisis Pregnancy Center and Two Rivers Regional Council and was a member of the Council for Exceptional Children. Visitation will be held on Sunday, July 13, 2014 from 3-6 PM at Mott and Henning Funeral Home in Athens, IL. Funeral Services will be held on Monday, July 14, 2014 at 11 AM at Mott & Henning Funeral Home in Athens, IL. Pastor Michael Paulson will be officiating. Cremation rites will be accorded. Burial will be at Indian Point Cemetery near Athens, IL at a later date. In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to Brown County Against Cancer, First United Methodist Church of Lincoln, or Sugar Grove United Methodist Church.


  1. Barb was a good friend and a very caring person. Her positive attitude always reminded us of her strong faith. She will be missed.

  2. I am so sorry to hear of Mrs. Altman’s passing. She was my 5th grade teacher and was a wonderful woman. She will be missed.

  3. Jake, So sorry to read that your mom has passed. Please know that you and Theresa are in our thoughts and prayers.

  4. I knew Barb thru Tops,UMW and our book club. She was a very nice person and Ienjoyed getting to know her. If she went to a program and thot it was really good,she would say it was “fabulous” and I know she is saying this is heaven and it’s “fabulous” She will be missed in so many ways. Your family are in my thots and prayers. Sandy Smith Mt. Sterling

  5. I have known Barb for many years…I learned a lot from her. What a wonderful mentor! She will be missed by many! You are all in our thoughts and prayers!!

  6. Our prayers are with all of Barb’s family. She was a special lady! She will be greatly missed. We are living in Arizona now, so will be unable to attend services.

    Carolyn & Cliff Seitzer.

  7. Our sympathy to Barb’s family. She was our neighbor when she lived in Mt. Sterling. Always had a smile. Such a nice lady!

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