Barbara Gene Mathews Mc-Ilroy, age 83, of Evant, was born Aug. 21, 1934, in Wharton. Barbara suffered with dementia for several years and went to be with her Lord and Savior on Nov. 25, 2017, at Hillside Medical Lodge in Gatesville. Barbara was a devoted wife, mother and grandmother. Her grandchildren were the “light of her life.” Barbara was a very outgoing and vibrant lady who never met a stranger. She loved reading, feeding the deer and helping her husband on their BMcRanch. She was a very talented artist and expressed that through her oil paintings. Barbara also enjoyed cooking and baking rolls for her family and friends. Barbara was a graduate of Katy High School in 1952. She attended Durham’s Business College and graduated in 1959. Barbara’s family would like to thank the staff at Hillside Medical Lodge and Kindred Hospice for the loving care and support they gave Barbara and a special thank you for her nurse, R’lue Gribble. Barbara is survived by her loving husband of 63 years, Billy McIlroy; daughters, Yvonne McIlroy, Diana Morris and husband, Phillip; seven grandchildren, Brian Mauney, Beau Morris and Tiffany Walker, Mathew Morris and wife, Amanda, Brenda Mauney Duebbe and husband, Jason, Betsy Mauney Sawyer and husband, Bradley, Carolyn Huncke Simmerman and husband, Chris and Jennifer Huncke; five great-grandchildren, Tanner Mauney, Daren Duebbe, Slone Morris, Hayes Morris and Caine Simmerman; sisters-in-law, Carolyn McIlroy of Adamsville and Nancy Matthews of Bakersfield, CA. Graveside services were held on Thursday, Nov. 30, 2017, at Murphee Cemetery in Evant. Arrangements by Sneed Funeral Chapel of Lampasas.