In Memory of

Barbara Vrell

Full Name: Barbara J. Vrell
Date of Birth: September 13, 1948
Date of Death: January 2, 2020

Service Information:
Graveside Oak Hill Cemetery at later date.

Lewistown- Barbara J. Vrell, 71, of Lewistown passed away at 2:40 AM Thursday January 2, 2020 at her home with her daughter, Shannon Voyles, Barnum, her Scottie dog and Bailey, her cat by her side.

She was born September 13, 1948 at Canton the daughter of Robert L. and Marjorie D. (Waller) Vrell. She was preceded in death by her parents. Surviving are one daughter, Shannon L. Voyles of Lewistown and Shannon’s father, Elden Voyles of Albany, KY; three grandsons, Casey Long of Texas, Jacob Ellis of Kansas City, MO; and Benjamin Kauk of Kearney, NE; one brother, Thomas L. Vrell of Georgia, aunt Sandra Simpson of Lewistown, aunts and uncle to Shannon Voyles which include, Sharon Schuppert of Louisville, KY; Debbie (Bob) Johnson of New Albany, IN.

Barbara retired from the City of Ft. Myers, Florida where she worked as an Impact Fee Analyst. She was of Methodist faith. Barbara had taught sign language to deaf children for four years in Albany, GA; and also worked with special needs children in Omaha; NE. Barbs passion was being outside doing yard work and pulling those darn weeds out. Barb loved eating at Countryside Restaurant in Lewistown for their great food and fellowship. Barb wanted to thank everyone at County Market for their warm hospitality.  She especially wanted to thank her daughter for taking care of her on this last precious journey of her life.

Cremation will be accorded. A graveside service will be held at a later date at Oak Hill Cemetery in Lewistown. Henry-Lange Memorial home in Lewistown is assisting the family with arrangements. Online condolences may be made at

From: Lorenda SpilkerJan 3 2020 10:01AM
My deepest sympathy to Barbara's family. Barbara and I was in grade school and I always remembered her and parents, etc. She was always full of life. She has left many wonderful memories for everyone. God Bless. Lorenda (Schnarr) Spilker.
From: Chris OneyJan 3 2020 8:55PM
My deepest sympathy for your loss!  Your mother was a sweet women!  My heart is with you Shannon!!
From: TJ MilesJan 4 2020 12:23AM
We Loved Barb dearly and I was happy to be her sister in laws for years.
She was just great to my brother Ed . Barb was a fun friend and I have many happy memories now.
From: Betty McManisJan 4 2020 10:09AM
I worked with Barb for several years at the City of Fort Myers.  She was one of the sweetest, kindest people I have ever met. I believe Barb lived the life of a true Christian woman. My condolences to her daughter and her family during this time of loss, but I believe Heaven is celebrating the arrival of another Saint. May God bless and comfort her family and friends.
From: Kristi Barclay Jan 4 2020 3:32PM
Words cannot express how much Barb was loved and will be missed.  She was warm,kind,and so generous.  She spoiled children and was a thoughtful friend. Everytime I saw her she smiled and brightened my day. She cared deeply for all of us at Countryside. We loved having her and her family as part of our restaurant family. Rest in peace sweet lady! Xoxox
From: Vionne J. SatreJan 4 2020 4:39PM
I worked with Barb many years at the City of Fort Myers.   She was always ready and willing to get the job done and do it perfectly.    Also, I considered her a wonderful friend, having just received a Christmas card from her and, in her own hand writing, saying "I love you."    That card will always be a treasure for me.    Thank you Shannon for mailing it along with your message as well.    You and your entire family have my deepest sympathy.   Submitted with love, Vi
From: Jeannine HagerJan 5 2020 10:38AM
I was very blessed to have worked with Barb at the City of Fort Myers.  She always had a smile on her face and was so kind.  I will be keeping your family in my prayers Shannon.
From: Jim & Fran StevensJan 5 2020 12:32PM
We have known Barb for many years, we will miss her. Knowing her suffering has ended and she is at peace as she goes to a better place.
From: Victoria WheelerJan 5 2020 1:42PM
My deepest sympathies to my dear friend Shannon and her family. So sorry for the loss of your loved one. I came to know Barbara through my friendship with Shannon at the young age of 13. Our families spent good times together; hard to believe that was 35 years ago. Even though it’s been so long, my family has not forgotten how wonderful Barbara was to us, her kindness and friendship will always be treasured. May she Rest In Peace. May your family find comfort and peace that comes from God, family, and friends. I love you dearly. ??
From: Diane TabertJan 5 2020 4:14PM
My sincere sympathy to Barb’s daughter, Shannon and family.        
I met Barb while working at the City of Fort Myers.  Upon learning that she lived in the same area as I did, we decided to carpool to work each day.  After Barb moved to Illinois, we kept in touch.  Our friendship lasted for over 25 years.  We had a special birthday card that we would send back and forth to each other.  This went on for 21 years as the card was lost in the mail last year.  Barb was devastated, as well as I, as it represented to us a forever friendship.  Barb was one of those special angels when it came to taking care of others.  She was very instrumental in helping me take care of my dad.  I remember Barb loved to go to garage sales.  She would buy and refurbish furniture as she loved redecorating her house.  I will always treasure the memories of our friendship and time spent together.
Shannon may God be with you and guide you through this difficult time.  
Love and will miss my dear friend.      
From: Cassie DoyleJan 5 2020 7:59PM
Dearest sympathy and prayers are sent to Shannon and family.  Barb was a dear friend and beautiful person.  We did many fun things together and laughed a lot.  When she relocated to Illinois,  we continued to stay in touch.  During her sickness I was in contact with Shannon.  Shannon was a blessing to Barb.  I will always cherish our friendship and will miss you, dear friend.

Love, Cassie
From: Linda EvansJan 5 2020 8:16PM
Barbara was a brave and courageous woman. A survivor who embraced life to the very end. She raised a beautiful and courageous daughter who cared for her in a most exquisite manner til Barbara breathed celestial air. Surely Barbara is Shannon's guardian angel now. Peace and comfort to you Shannon.
From: Debbie JohnsonJan 5 2020 8:31PM
It is with much sadness I write this and yet I am filled with joy that Barb is at rest and with our Heavenly Father. Barb was my sister-in-law and I wish I could have had many more years with her. The greatest joy in her life was Shannon and she made sure all knew that. She was a kind, warm, loving lady. She had such an infectious smile and laugh and it was wonderful to have time with her. She had a special love for her Scottie, Barnum and cat, Bailey. Barb was definitely an animal lover! Needless to say, Barnum was spoiled.

Barb was a terrific mother, friend, and sister-in-law. She loved her grandsons and all of her family. She imparted many loving qualities to Shannon and the two shared some very special time together before Barb passed. I'm thankful to have had her in my life and will cherish the time we had to reconnect. She will always be in my heart.
From: Marti PritchardJan 5 2020 9:12PM
Barb was one of the sweetest ladies ever. I truly enjoyed spending time with.
I only knew Barb for a short time but she has a special place in my heart I will never forget her. My love to Shannon who took such loving care of her mother.
From: John WallerJan 6 2020 1:59PM
Barb was my cousin.I didn't have any sisters or brothers.when we were young I would visit barb and Tommy and we would play together.then her family moved away and I didn't see her for many years.she returned with her daughter while her husband was in the navy.Shannon and my son were the same age and play together as Barb and I had years before.after that it would be many more years before I would see her again.But the years didn't change Barb.she was a very special person.she moved back to Lewistown with Ed.they were happy together and blend back into the family.I cherish every minute I spent with them.I keep Barb in Herat until I leave this earth.
From: Margaret Martin Jan 6 2020 3:29PM
Shannon my thoughts and prayers are with you and your family at this difficult time. Your Mother Barbara was such a sweet and beautiful person. I will truly miss our visits when she would come into the store. She loved you so much and got to see the woman that you have become. Please rest in knowing that she is home now and at peace.  She will be greatly missed by all who knew and loved her.

Your Friend
Margaret Martin
From: Michelle Jan 7 2020 6:37PM
I did not know Barbara long, but feel blessed and thankful that I had the chance to spend time with  her and Shannon for the past few months. Both were always kind and hospitable. Two very loving people.  Barbara is now dancing with the Angels she so loved.  Many prayers for you Shannon, and I’m sure your mom will now be your Angel watching over you giving you peace and comfort. God Bless!
From: Lori Miles SmithJan 7 2020 11:05PM
I have yet to be able to put my thoughts and feelings into words.  My heart cries and smiles all at one time.  Aunt Barb brought great joy to my heart and many fun memories I hold close at heart.  
From: Kathy MusaJan 9 2020 10:16AM
My condolences and deepest sympathy to Shannon and family.  Barb retired from the City of Fort Myers a few years after I began my career there, but I was fortunate to get to know her.  She always struck me as such a sweet, kind and lovely woman.  No doubt Heaven welcomed her with singing and praise.
May her devoted daughter find peace and comfort knowing her Mother is in a wonderful place and that she gave much love and joy to her Mother.
From: Sharon (Nebergall) BossermanJan 26 2020 12:59AM
My sympathies in the passing of your mother.  I met you at the Peoria Church of the Brethren, friends of the Snokes.  I pray that God will help to ease the pain of missing your mother.

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