Marie-Jane Babb

February 5, 1941 – January 22, 2022

DECATUR – Mary Jane (Eichenauer) Babb passed away peacefully on January 22, 2022, with her family by her side.

She was born on February 5, 1941 in Decatur, Illinois. the daughter of Harold L. and Marianne Eichenauer. She graduated from Decatur High School in 1959. She married Robert L. Babb on February 3, 1960. She resided in Decatur her entire life.

She has been employed by Eichenauer Electric Service, Warrensburg-Latham Schools, Magna, Union Planters and Regions Bank, Culver’s and Decatur Auto Auction. She attended the First Free Will Baptist Church of Decatur and was an active member of the Decatur Women’s Club for many years. Mary Jane has never met a stranger and would do anything she could to help anyone she saw in need.

She was an avid racer and was always alongside her husband and son at every race they entered throughout the Midwest. She was her children’s and grandchildren’s biggest fan and never missed a sporting event or school activity they attended.

She is survived by her husband, Robert L. Babb; one daughter, Gail Babb; one son, Terry Babb (Sara); grandsons: Toby Likins, Ryan Likins and Tanner Babb; granddaughters: Erin Bright (Tyler) and Jordan Babb; a great-granddaughter and a great-grandson on the way.

She was predeceased by her parents, Harold L. Eichenauer and Marianna Eichenauer; stepmother, Helen Eichenauer; one brother, William T. Eichenauer; and a sister, Betty Ann Peters.

Services will be held Friday, January 28 at First Free Will Baptist Church, 2709 N 27th St, Decatur, IL, with Pastor Stephen Cantrell officiating. Visitation will begin at 5:00 p.m. with a memorial service to follow at 6:00 p.m.

In lieu of flowers, memorials can be made for Alzheimer Association on this link

Published by Decatur Herald & Review on January 27, 2022.

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