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Barbara Adair Carling

1934 - 2021


Barbara Adair Carling, 87, of Urbana passed away on Saturday, June 12th, 2021, at her home in Urbana.

Barbara was born on March 3rd, 1934, in Watseka, IL to parents Barker and Agnes (Little) Adair. She grew up in Jackson, Michigan and moved to Urbana, IL during her Junior year where she went on to graduate from Urbana Senior High School. She was a strong and independent woman and as a single mother she raised her children on her own. Barbara was a professional seamstress, porcelain doll artist and taught classes on how to make porcelain dolls. She collected antique dolls, glassware, and loved jigsaw and crossword puzzles.  Barbara was known for being generous, highly creative, artistic, and having a great sense of humor. Her home was always full of children and animals including her beloved collie, Colin.

During her career she started a day care and specialized in caring for special needs children. Barbara became the longest licensed day care provider in Champaign-Urbana after forty-five years. Barbara was a member of the Faith Community Church of Urbana. She will be loved and remembered by her family and friends.

Survivors include her daughter Shelly Carling of Chicago.

Barbara is preceded in death by her parents and her daughter Susan Carling.

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Mary and Manon

June 26, 2021 8:19 AM

Shelly, I have known you nearly 50 years. In all that time you have been a pillar of strength for both your mom and your sister. Your dedication to your mother and her care during this terribly difficult time has been amazing. You were wonderful. You did all you could. Our hearts break for you.

Karolyn Roberts

June 16, 2021 7:09 PM

I enjoyed knowing Barbara and her girls and doing things with her over the years.  I will miss her and my condolences are with you Shelly.  

Tia Hartsell

June 16, 2021 12:32 PM

My sincerest condolences to you, Shelly. I speak for myself and others who worked with Barb and Susan who asked me to pass along their deepest sympathies to you in your loss. Barb was an absolutely amazing woman. I so enjoyed listening to her stories of Urbana in its earlier days, of you and Susan as you grew up, of her love for her sheltie, and so much more. I feel honored and privileged to have been a part of some very deeply personal experiences in serving your family though social work, and it has had such a great impact on who I am today.

Susan and Barb are together again at last. May peace be with you all.

-Tia Hartsell 

Shelly Reid

June 15, 2021 1:04 PM

My thoughts and prayers are with you.  Your mother loved and appreciated all that you have done for her and know that she is at peace. 

Kathryn Krenz

June 15, 2021 12:30 PM

Shelly, your mom sounds like she was amazing in so many ways!  My thoughts and prayers are with you.

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