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1933 Barbara 2020

Barbara J. Sosebee

February 11, 1933 — January 26, 2020

Barbara J. (Orr) Sosebee, 86, of Albert Lea, MN went to be with her Lord on January 26, 2020, at Thorne Crest Senior Living Community.

Barbara was born February 11, 1933, in Lake Geneva, Wisconsin and she lived in Illinois before moving to Albert Lea in 2002. She accepted Jesus as her personal Savior, April 1956, at First Baptist Church, Lake Geneva, Wisconsin. She attended and was a faithful member of Faith Baptist Church in Albert Lea and was a member of the Illinois and Indiana Baptist Lay Renewal Teams.

Barbara is retired from state and country civil service and the American Cancer Society, all in IL. She also attended the College of Lake County, IL and LaSalle College in IL. Barbara was previously named as an IL State Employee of the year and American Business Woman of the Year. She was an active volunteer prior to moving to Albert Lea with the Senior Center and Hospice programs.

Barbara is survived by two sons; Thomas W. Sosebee Jr., of Albert Lea, Minnesota, and Tracy W. (Pamela) Sosebee, of Rossville, Georgia; daughter- in-love, Mrs. Sherry (Tim) Sosebee, of Albert Lea, Minnesota; six grandchildren, Thomas W. Sosebee III, Troy Sosebee, of Germany, Timothy Sosebee Jr., Jennifer  (Vince) Guerra, of Rochester, Minnesota, Jessica (Aaron) Rame of Bricelyn, Minnesota, Joshua Sosebee, of Rossville, Georgia; four great grandchildren, Alexis Rame of Bricelyn Minnesota, Jermaine, Ayleen and Amy-Lee Sosebee of Contwig, Germany; one brother-in law, Vaughn Ableman, of Mount Horeb, Wisconsin; sisters-in-law, Mary Orr, of Huntington Station, New York, and Linda Orr, of Florida; nieces, nephews and Goddaughter, Elizabeth Bloomfield Wiggins, of Hammond, IN.

Barbara was preceded in death by her husband, Thomas W. Sosebee Sr. in 2015; their son, Timothy W. Sosebee in 2008; her parents, Howard J. Orr in 1978 and Ruth Lawrence Orr in 1972; brothers, James Orr in 2000, Robert Orr in 2000, and Thomas Orr in 2003; sisters, Ruth Ann Zeigler in 2002 and Judith Ableman in 2017.

Friends may call from 4-7 Wednesday, at Bayview Freeborn Funeral Home or 1 hour prior to services at Faith Baptist Church, 905 Fairlane Terrace, Alert Lea, MN 56007, where funeral services will be conducted at 1p.m., Thursday, January 30th, 2020 with Pastor Riley Brown, officiating. Interment will follow at Graceland Cemetery. Memorials may be made to MARBC Bass Lake Camp, 39725 225th St., Winnebago, MN 56098; Faith Baptist Church, Albert Lea or a foundation of your choice. Mourn not too long that she is gone, but rejoice that she was and is now in the Lord’s presence for eternity.

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Thursday, January 30, 2020

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