Barbara Monninger
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Barbara Monninger
  • December 22, 1926 - May 29, 2017
  • Bloomington, Illinois

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Bloomington - Barbara "Pinky" Monninger, age 90, of Bloomington passed away Monday, May 29th, 2017 at 10:03 a.m. in her home. She was born December 22, 1926 in Macomb, the daughter of Hansel and Marguerite Saffell Martin. She married Donald Monninger on June 30, 1946 in Macomb.
She was a depression era kid, an only child raised on a farm. She had no indoor bathroom until she was in high school. She really did walk 5 miles to a one room school every day, where she was the only girl. On really bad days, her grandma would "hitch up the team" and take her. She got her nick name "Pinky" from the boy who sat behind her in a class in high school and teased her about her red hair and pink complexion. She married him.
Barbara worked at State Farm, in the credit union for nearly 20 years, retiring in 1984. She was a member of Wesley United Methodist Church in Bloomington since she moved to the area in 1955. For many years she was part of a sorority, Alpha Tau Omega, which raised money for charities. She served more than 500 hours as a volunteer at the Community Cancer Center, as well as serving others in various ways. She truly enjoyed helping others. She would be the first to volunteer help others move, cook or clean, or give a ride, or just listen when a friendly ear was needed. Her motto was, "Things always work out for the best in the long run. Just be patient."
Barbara and her husband traveled extensively. They took several road trips here in the USA as well as many trips to other parts of the world. Some of their exploits took them to faraway places like Australia and New Zealand. They took a cruise of the Greek islands, a European river cruise, they cruised the Panama Canal, and the Caribbean. They visited Holland, visited Amsterdam and bought diamonds at the famous markets there. They saw the Eifel Tower and the Louvre. They made multiple trips to visit friends in England and traveled with them to Ireland and Scotland. And of course, Mexico was just too close to ignore. Pinky even took an Alaskan cruise after her husband died. And, she continued a long tradition of going south each February with beloved friends.
Barbara is survived by two children, Leisa (Michael) Maurer of Towanda and Ted (Melody) Monninger of Bloomington; three grandchildren, Bayia Bradshaw, William (Becky) Maurer, and Jenny He; as well as three great grandchildren, Breione Hauptman, and Derrick and Morgen Bradshaw. She was preceded in death by her parents and husband. .
Visitation will be held from 10 - noon. Funeral services will be held immediately following at noon on Friday at the East Lawn Funeral Home in Bloomington with the Rev. Angie Lee officiating.
Memorial contributions may be made to the Community Cancer Center of Normal.
East Lawn Funeral Home in Bloomington is handling the arrangements.