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Barby Lill Kay

June 3, 1956 - December 29, 2018

Barby Lill Kay Barby Lill Kay
    January 19, 2019 | 10:00 A.M. to 11:00 A.M.
  • Hosanna! Lutheran Church
    36W925 Red Gate Road
    St. Charles, Illinois 60175
  • January 19, 2019 | 11:00 A.M.
  • Hosanna! Lutheran Church
    36W925 Red Gate Road
    St. Charles, Illinois 60175
  • Burial Location
    Private River Hills Memorial Park, Batavia, Illinois

Barby Lill Kay, 62, wife to Forrest Kay, died unexpectedly Saturday December 29th in their St. Charles home.

The daughter of Oscar and Patricia Thompson, Barby was born on June 3rd, 1956, in Geneva, where she spent her childhood, graduating from Geneva High School, in 1974, before settling in St. Charles.

Barby’s was energetic, enthusiastic, and loved to make people smile. She genuinely cared about everyone, especially her many customers throughout her working career. People loved her and she returned the feeling 10 times over.

Barby’s outgoing and compassionate personality served her well. She started working at the Mill Race Inn in Geneva, in the early 70’s, where she spent more than 30 years taking care of the many families, business associates, and couples who patroned the establishment. Some of her most dedicated patrons would even sacrifice a window seat to enjoy the camaraderie and dining experience she provided. She ultimately left the Mill Race Inn to focus on her career in the United States Postal service. Her drive moved her through the ranks of the postal service quickly. During her tenure she sorted mail in Batavia, delivered mail in West Dundee, and greeted customers at the counter in Geneva. With hard work and dedication, the peak of her career occurred on July 9th, 2008, when she obtained the honor of being installed as the Wasco Post Master. The close-knit environment found at the Wasco post office allowed her the opportunity to do what she did best, by serving the many patrons and box holders with the utmost attention.

Her love and dedication for this small Post Office gave her the drive needed to protect the office from hour reductions and closure. She used her own resources to host customer appreciation events and sought support from Campton Township to keep revenues up, so this historic location would remain a quaint post office. She later transferred to the Burlington Post Office from which she retired in 2018.

When Barby wasn’t caring for the public she was caring for her family. She gave her family everything she could within her means. Using her energy and enthusiasm to enjoy a boat ride with her husband, to make handmade doll clothes for her girls, finding the latest must have toy for her boys, or making the perfect birthday cake. She continued these loving traditions, with renewed abundance, for her own grandkids, spoiling them as only a MeMaw could.

She is survived by her husband of 26 years, Forrest; her four children- Jeannette(Corey) Felkins, Jason(Erin) Parker, Julie(Dylan) Jeffries, Jerry Parker; seven grandchildren- Cody Felkins, Emilie Felkins, Lynze Jeffries, Callie Parker, Daniel Parker, Logan Jeffries, Lanna Jeffries; the father of her children, Jesse Parker; her mother, Patricia Thompson; mother-in-law, Marilou Kay; three brothers, one sister, many nieces and nephews and good friends.

Barby was preceded in death by her father, Oscar Thompson, father-in-law, Robert Kay, and sister, Holly Fisher.

A memorial service in memory of Barby will be held on Saturday, January 19that Hosanna! Lutheran Church, 36W925 Red Gate Rd, St. Charles. The memorial service will start at 11 a.m., with Pastor John Nelson officiating, with a luncheon to follow. Respects may be paid before the service from 10 a.m. to 11 a.m.

Donations in Barby’s memory may be made to 4Paws4U4Ever at 29W150 Roosevelt Rd, West Chicago, IL 60185 or online at

To leave an online condolence for the family, visit the funeral home’s obituary page at For more information, please call Yurs Funeral Home of St. Charles, 630-584-0060.



Angel Holbrook from St.Charles, IL

"I will always remember Aunt Barb's bright smile and energy. She would light up a room. She will be missed. Condolences to the Thompson family, Forrest and family and my Parker cousins."

Ed and Laurie Parker from West Chicago, IL

"To Barby's husband, Forest, children, grandchildren, family and friends, we offer you our sincere condolences and prayers for comfort after the untimely passing of Barby. She was a bright, loving and strong woman, willing to help anyone in need. She will surely be missed."

Sarah Jager from Glenwood , MN

"So sad and heartbreaking. I donated $20.00 to the animals for her . Due to where I live now I wont be able to make it there but my condolences to the family and friends . Much love. We all loved her at mill race inn. She will always be part of our family there"

Jeff, Shayla and Brocton Parker from Mahomet, IL

"Our thoughts and prayers are with the immediate and extended family; we send our condolences for your loss. Aunt Barby was loved and missed and we hope she can be at peace now. So sad to lose a loved one far too soon. May God bless her and keep her always."

Missy Zilm and family from Crystal lake , IL

"We are so sorry for your loss. Aunt Barb was such a special lady. Her smile was contagious and her kindness was always felt by anyone who knew her. Our hearts go out to Forrest and our parker cousins. We are here for you."

paul v christensen from Montgomery, IL

"So sorry for your loss. May you find peace in this troubled time, and succor from your sadness in remembrance of better times."

Tod Winkelman from Chicago, IL

"Forrest & Family, I am so very sorry to hear about your wife's passing. I hope the memories of her will bring a smile to your faces during this very rough time. My thoughts and prayers are with you at this very difficult time!!!"

Randy Benish from Janesville, WI

"Jason, so sorry for your loss. I'm praying for you and your family."

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