Dee Barney, 49, of Sugar Grove, passed away Thursday, April 9, 2009, at Hillside Rehabilitation Center in Yorkville, Ill., after a long and courageous battle with multiple sclerosis.
She was born Feb. 10, 1960, in Aurora, to Robert W. and Jessie M. (Lubbs) Bennett. She was united in marriage to Thomas W. Barney on Aug. 13, 1983, in Aurora.
She graduated from East Aurora High School in 1978. Dee was active in Thespians, Speech Club and Student Council. She ran track and was voted All-Conference in volleyball. Dee attended Wheaton College, where she played volleyball on the varsity team as a freshman and graduated in 1982. She was head volleyball coach at Wheaton College in 1985. Dee was later inducted into the Hall of Honor at Wheaton College for volleyball on Sept. 27, 2003.
Dee worked many years as office manager at her husbandâ€™s chiropractic clinic in Plano. She was diagnosed with multiple sclerosis in 1986. She battled hard for many years and refused to let the illness slow her down. Dee took great pleasure in being involved in her daughtersâ€™ many sports activities. She was definitely being the ultimate â€œSoccer Momâ€ and was referred to as â€œMomâ€™s Taxiâ€ until her health failed. She then had to be content to hear about Jessicaâ€™s own volleyball accomplishments, envisioning the play as she watched on tapes.
The light came into her eyes at the sight of her granddaughter, Elizabeth. She will be fondly remembered for the smile that came to her face when she saw her little baby granddaughter.
Dee leaves to cherish her memory, her husband, Tom Barney; twin daughters, Pvt. First Class Jessica E. Barney (special friend Ryan Beery) and Jenna M. Barney; 16-month-old granddaughter, Elizabeth; mother, Jessie M. Bennett of Aurora; brother, Dennis (Diane) Bennett of Port Jefferson Station, N.Y.; sister, Doreen (Jeff) Johnson of Aurora; sister-in-law, Linda Phillips of Portsmouth, Ohio; close family friend, Robin Bennett of Naperville; nieces and nephews, Daniel Bennett of Port Jefferson Station, N.Y., Paul, Devin and Shelby Johnson of Aurora and Kiana and Quinn Bennett of Naperville.
She was preceded in death by her father, Robert W. Bennett, and her father and mother-in-law, Mary and William Barney of Columbus, Ohio.
Visitation was held on Monday, April 13, from 10 a.m. until time of service, noon at The Healy Chapel, 370 Division Drive, Sugar Grove, with Pastor Stan Motley of Plano Christian Church officiating. Burial took place at Lincoln Memorial Park. Memorials may be made to the National Multiple Sclerosis Society, Greater Illinois Chapter, 525 W. Monroe St., Ste. 900, Chicago, IL 60661.
For more information, please call (630) 466-1330 or visit www.healychapel.com to sign the online guestbook.