Barbara Lee Spilman

Barbara Lee Spilman, age 94, of Mt. Vernon, Missouri, passed away at 12:00 p.m. on Wednesday, September 18, 2019, at the Mercy Hospital in Aurora, Missouri.  She was born December 8, 1924, in Purdy, Missouri, the daughter of Ward and Opal (Wilson) Swearingen.
Barbara was a 1943 graduate of Mt. Vernon High School and in 1946 she graduated from Burge School of Nursing in Springfield, Missouri as a Registered Nurse.  She worked for Dr. Kenneth Glover, Dr. Sandra Grummert and retired while working for Dr. Luis Hinojosa, all in Mt. Vernon.  She was a member of the Mt. Vernon Church of Christ.
On April 3, 1948, she married James Benton Spilman, in Mt. Vernon.  He preceded her in death on June 28, 2003.
Barbara is survived by her daughter, Donna Roach and her husband, Clyde, of Mt. Vernon; three grandchildren, Dana Brown and his fiancé, Marcie, Brandon Brown and his wife, Abby, and Katie Roach and her partner, Scott;  seven great-grandchildren; one great-great grandchild;  three sisters, Evelyn Colley, Kaye Scott and her husband, Dale, and Marilyn Baugh, all of Mt. Vernon; one brother, Jack Swearingen and his wife, Dolores, of Crane, Missouri and several nieces and nephews.
Barbara was preceded in death by her parents, Ward and Opal, husband, James, sister, Jean  (Bill) Gambrell, three brothers, Roland (Buck) Swearingen, Jerald (Yvonne) Swearingen, Alvin (Arlene) Swearingen; two brothers-in-law, Harold Baugh and Bryon Colley, niece, Barbara Swearingen and two nephews, Clarence Colley and Jason Bell.
A funeral service was held at 10:00 a.m. on Monday, September 23, 2019, at the Fossett-Mosher Funeral Home in Mt. Vernon.  Burial followed at the Mt. Vernon IOOF Cemetery. Visitation was held from 2:00-4:00 p.m. on Sunday, September 22, 2019, in the funeral home chapel.
In lieu of flowers, memorial donations may be made payable to the Jason Bell FFA Scholarship Fund, in care of the funeral home.
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