Barbara L. Carpenter

SALEM — Barbara L. Carpenter, 85, of Salem, Illinois passed away Sunday, November 28, 2021, at Fireside House of Centralia, IL.

Born September 22, 1936, in Marion County, Illinois, she was the daughter of Ray E. and Juanita L. (Meridith) Miller who preceded her in death.

She married Kenneth C. Carpenter, October 20, 1956, in Mt. Vernon, IL and he preceded her in death, May 16, 2006.

Barbara was a partner in and worked alongside her husband as an Administrative Assistant for Kenco Corporation, their company formerly located in Salem. She was of the Methodist faith. Barbara loved antiques, antiquing and yard sales. She was very knowledgeable in antiques, and especially enjoyed collecting quilts, and Hummel figurines.

Survivors include her daughter Anna Marie Carpenter of Montana, siblings Richard Miller and wife Kim of Centralia, IL, J. C. Miller of Long Beach, CA, Wanda Twenhafel and husband Ralph of Centralia, IL, Sandra Johnson and husband Bill of Sandoval, IL and Betty Patterson and husband Joe of Lincoln, MO, along with several nieces and nephews.

In addition to her husband and parents, she was preceded in death by siblings Marvin Miller, Paul Miller, Joan Moore and Jennifer Gallagher.

Barbara had chosen Simple Cremation. A memorial service will be held at 11 a.m. Saturday at the funeral home. Burial will follow in the Alma Cemetery, Alma, IL. Friends are invited to visit with the family from 10 a.m. until service time at the funeral home.

Memorials may be made to Alma Cemetery and will be accepted by Sutherland – Rankin Funeral Home, P.O. Box 97, 310 N. Broadway, Salem, IL 62881 618-548-1234, entrusted with the family’s care. Online condolences may be left at