Barbara Joann Main

February 8, 1934 ~ July 13, 2020 (age 86)


Barbara Joann Main, 86, of Carthage passed away at Memorial Hospital in Carthage at 9:30 A.M. Monday morning, July 13, 2020 surrounded by her family.

Barbara was born February 8, 1934, in Quincy, Illinois, the daughter of Marion Guy and Gwendolyn (Foley) Peterson.  In 1940 her family moved from Taylor, Missouri to their farm near Burnside.  She attended Burnside grade school and graduated from Colusa High School in 1952. She then went on to work for Main Cleaners in Carthage.  On August 9, 1953, she was united in marriage to Thomas A. Main at the First Christian Church in Carthage.  She operated Main Cleaners in LaHarpe from 1957 until 1960.  In July of 1996, she retired from Main Cleaners in Carthage.  In addition to the Main Cleaners, she also owned and operated Main Farms, the Main Finance Company and the Lake Inn Restaurant. 

Barbara was a devoted Mother, Grandmother and Great Grandmother and was most happy when all of her family was together. 

Barbara is survived by two children; Thomas A. (Sherri) Main II of Carthage and Thresia (Terry) Crum of Keokuk, Iowa; 5 grandchildren, Jeremy “J.J.” (Tera) Cole, Jennifer (Jim) Morgan, Carly Louden, Reece Main and McKenna Main; 10 great grandchildren, Lucas, Jake and Madison Cole,  Dakota, Mikayla, James, Colby, Sadie and Korie Morgan and August Louden.

She was preceded in death by her parents and husband, Thomas in 2007.


Visitation will be held from 3:00 – 8:00 P.M. with family from 6:00 - 8:00P.M. Thursday evening, July 16, 2020, at Printy Funeral Home in Carthage. Grave side services will be held in Thornber Cemetery near Powellton on Friday, July 17 at 10am.  In lieu of flowers memorials may be directed to Thornber Cemetery.  Printy Funeral Home of Carthage is in charge of arrangements.

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July 16, 2020

6:00 PM to 8:00 PM
Printy Funeral Home
405 Cherry Street
Carthage, IL 62321

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