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Barbara Ann Lill, 80, of Amarillo passed away on Monday, March 19, 2018. Services will be at 1:00 P.M. on Thursday, March 22, 2018 at MORE Church with Lyndal Waldrip and Daryl Roach officiating. Graveside services will be at 3:30 P.M. on Thursday at Cal Farley’s Boys Ranch Cemetery. The family will receive friends from 6:00 to 8:00 P.M. on Wednesday, March 21, 2018 at Brooks Chapel in Canyon.
Barbara Ann Lill was born on September 12, 1937 in Amarillo to Thomas Reed and Anga Mae Wallen Nichols. She married her high school sweetheart, Jimmy Lill, on November 24, 1955 in Amarillo. Barbara worked at Cal Farley’s Boys Ranch for over 40 years as a receptionist and then Medical Coordinator. She was dedicated to Cal Farley’s philosophy and dearly loved her daily interaction with the boys. She had a gift of making each one feel welcomed, special, and loved, and was fondly known as ‘Amarillo Mother’ by the boys.
She became a Christian at 1st Baptist Church in Amarillo and later, she and Jimmy became members of South Georgia Baptist Church where they taught Sunday School for many years. She was an avid photographer and her family will treasure her vast library of photo albums. She never met a stranger and loved interviewing people for her videos. Barbara was a woman full of unconditional love. Her greatest joy was her family and she had an especially fierce love for her grandchildren and great grandchildren, who lovingly called her “Boe Boe”. She enjoyed playing games with her family and was known as the ‘Charades Queen’.
Barbara was preceded in death by her parents. She is survived by her beloved husband of 62 years, Jimmy Lill; her daughter, Becky Waldrip and son-in-law, Lyndal; her son, Doug Lill and son-in-law, Rafael Canizares-Yunez; her brother, Thomas Nichols and wife, Linda; her sister, Dixie Wright and husband, Daryl; two grandsons, Logan Waldrip and wife, Brenna and Landry Waldrip and wife, Chloe; five great-grandchildren, LeAnne, Layton, Ellie, Lynnix, and Witten; and numerous nieces and nephews.
With Barbara’s deep devotion to Boy’s Ranch, the family suggests memorials be to Cal Farley’s Boys Ranch, PO Box 1890, Amarillo, TX 79174.