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Barbara Berry

Barbara Berry, 77, of Farmington, formerly of Canton, died unexpectedly in her home in Farmington, IL on August 4, 2020. She was born on March 1, 1943 in Taylorville, IL to Robert Paul and Ellen (Huckelberry) Fustin. She first married Phillip Gover and later married Jack Berry.

Barbara is survived by her beloved husband, Jack and her sons and step-daughter, Daniel Gover (Kate) and Curtis Gover, and Andrena Roth (Ross).  Barbara was blessed in life with 5 siblings; Jim Fustin, Deborah Staff, Rick Fustin, Robert Fustin, and Sue Fustin as well as seven grandchildren; Nicholas Roth, Craig Roth, Jennifer Wright, Ann Gover, Mary Gover, Elizabeth Gover, and Thomas Gover.  Barb is also survived by 4 great-grandchildren, 11 nieces and nephews, and 18 great-nieces and nephews and many cousins.

Barbara attended Spoon River College and dedicated her professional career serving the Canton, IL community for over 31 years as a secretary in the Canton School District Maintenance Office, librarian at Isaac Swan Elementary School, and secretary at Eastview Elementary School. Barbara continued to serve others for more than 7 years through her work at First Presbyterian Church, also in Canton.

A celebration of life will be planned at a later date. Cremation rites will be accorded with Sedgwick Funeral Homes & Crematory in Canton, IL. In lieu flowers please send any contributions to First Presbyterian Church in Canton, IL. Burial of ashes will be at a later date at Maryville Cemetery in Bryant, IL. To make online condolences you may go to


  • Janet Mann

    Reply August 6, 2020 6:14 pm

    Thoughts and prayers for the family.

  • Marcie Anderson-Myers

    Reply August 7, 2020 10:01 pm

    Jack – I was so sorry to read about Barbara’s death. She touched so many lives and will be missed. Please accept our sincere sympathy. You will be in our thoughts and prayers. My Dad loved your visits. Jim and Marcie

  • Janice Vaughn

    Reply August 8, 2020 3:00 am

    This is very sad news!! Barb was always one of my favorite people at Isaac Swan and then my daughter was blessed to know her at Eastview!!! Thoughts of sympathy & comfort to her whole family!! This is a huge loss!!!

  • Mary Jo Norrell

    Reply August 10, 2020 8:27 am

    Curt and family, I’m praying for you guys and think of you often.

  • Robert Tomlinson

    Reply August 11, 2020 9:45 am

    All my thoughts and prayers to the family. She will be missed!

  • Barbara Carpenter

    Reply August 11, 2020 6:35 pm

    Don and I send our condolences to you and your family. Barb was always a bright spot. I always enjoyed her humor and her smile.

  • Joyce Harland

    Reply August 11, 2020 11:48 pm

    Jack and family, so sorry to learn of Barb’s passing. She was a great secretary and librarian….always upbeat and smiling. She was a generous and fun friend. So happy we had time to join you for lunch here in Springfield. God bless!

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