Barbara Elaine Spates, 51 of Elgin, died May 24, 2008 at Swedish American Covenant Hospital, Rockford. The daughter of Jimmy and Josie Lee (Johnson) Spates, she was born March 23, 1957 in Elgin.
Well loved by all, she was a free spirit and loved life. She will be missed by her 14 beloved grandchildren.

Barbara is preceded in death by her grandparents, parents, and one sister, Gallilee (Gallie) Spates.

She is survived by five children, Tyrone Lindsey (stepson) of Elgin, Sikarr Spates of Elgin, IL., Shatairen Spates of Palatine, Saryea Lindsey of Rockford, Shamarri Lindsey of Palatine; three brother, Jimmy Spates, Jr. of Aurora, Ricky Spates of Elgin, Dennis Johnson of Elgin; two sisters, Gearldine Fitzpatrick of Elgin, Lanitta (Darron) Simmons of Rockford; 14 grandchildren. A host of nieces, nephews, and friends.

Visitation will be held Saturday, May 31, 2008 from 1:00 PM until the time of service at 3:00 PM at the Living Gospel Church, Elgin, with Elder Leonard Spates, Jr., officiating. O’Connor – Leetz Funeral Home, Elgin in charge of arrangements. Burial will be private . 

For more information at to leave a condolence, please call (847) 741-1400.

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