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August 18, 2010

Barbara Jean Ellis Cress

Barbara Jean Ellis Cress, loving mother and grandmother, beloved sister, daughter, and lifelong friend of many, passed away at the age of 57 in the company of her loving family in her Kentucky home.

Barbara was born in Terre Haute, Ind., to Walter and Rita Ellis, where she graduated from Schulte High School, attended Indiana State University. She eventually received her Bachelor of Science Degree and majored in gerontology from St. Mary-of-the-Woods College in Terre Haute, and worked professionally all of her life in senior health care with her last position as Director of Nursing at Hickory Creek at Sunset in Greencastle. Her favorite pastimes were spending time with her children and grandchildren, traveling, reading, gardening and many arts and craft projects. Her favorite travel destinations were Hawaii and Pawley’s Island, S.C.

Barbara is survived by her daughter, Kara Cress Padgett and husband Micky of Lexington, Ky.; her son, Nathan Cress and friend Brittany Pals of Milwaukee; grandson, Bryan Woolums and granddaughter, Maggie Padgett of Lexington; her mother, Rita Ellis; sisters, Donna McAllister and husband Jim, Sharon Akers and husband Howard, Linda Persinger and husband Dave, Laura Ahlborn and husband Jim, and Sheila Benson; and friend and former husband, David Cress. She also is survived by many cousins, nieces, nephews, and friends to numerous to mention, but always held close to her heart.

Her request is to have only a short memorial gathering of family and friends will be scheduled in the near future. Memorial contributions may be made to the Hospice of the Wabash Valley.

 

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