Deborah Ruth (Pate) Barton

December 12, 1955 ~ June 2, 2021 (age 65)


Deborah Ruth Barton, age 65, of Murphysboro, passed away at 11:25pm on Wednesday, June 2, 2021 at home, surrounded by her loving family.

Deborah was born in Fort Benning, Georgia, the daughter of Elaine (Elder) Johnson and Kenneth Pate.  She married Larry Barton in Murphysboro in 1980.  Together, they simply enjoyed life together and being by each other’s side. Prior to her retirement, Deb had worked for IGA, SIU, and in home healthcare. She will be dearly missed by all those that knew and loved her.

Survivors include her loving husband of more than forty years- Larry Barton of Murphysboro

Son and Daughter-in-law- Frank and Jeannie Smith of Du Quoin

Son and Daughter-in-law- Joe and Eileen Barton of Du Quoin

Two Grandchildren- Brittany Barton

     Axel Dean Reibach

Sister- Joyce Baker of Harrisburg, Kentucky

Brother- William Wendling of Lansing, Michigan

Brother- David Wayne Wendling of Lawrenceburg, Kentucky

Brother- Donald Wendling of Miami, Florida

She was preceded in death by her father- Kenneth Pate, mother- Elaine (Elder) Johnson, step-father- Bill Wendling, and two brothers- Rick Pate and Danny Wendling.

Loved ones will gather for a private slumber room viewing at Maxton-Rosado Funeral Home (11 S. Hickory Street; Du Quoin, IL 62832) for the family to say their final goodbyes to a loved and cherished woman prior to requested cremation rites.  Prayer services will be conducted by Pastor Dale Dunmyer.  A time of fellowship and remembrance will follow as a private family meal will be hosted at Maxton-Rosado Funeral Home and graciously provided by Grand Tower First Baptist Church.

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