Barbara Jean Dumey, 83, of Kankakee, passed away peacefully Monday (June 24, 2019) at Miller Health Care in Kankakee.

She was born May 7, 1936, in Kankakee, the daughter of Emory E. Potter and Adelaide R. Fortier.

Barbara was a 1954 graduate of St. Patrick High School in Kankakee.

On May 4, 1957, she married Donald A. Dumey at St. Rose of Lima Catholic Church in Kankakee, and was a loving, devoted wife. Donald preceded her in death Oct. 2, 2014.

Barbara attended St. Joseph Catholic Church in Bradley. She was a homemaker but also worked several years at the General Foods Coupon Center. Most of all, she enjoyed spending time with her children and laughing with her grandchildren. She loved creating things for and decorating her home. Barb had a sweet disposition and was always kind, caring and giving to all. Her family will cherish her life and carry her memory in their hearts.

Surviving are one son, Steven (Anna) Dumey, of Bourbonnais; two daughters, Pamela Sommer, of Bourbonnais, and Beth Dumey, of Palatine; a brother, Richard Potter, of Surprise, Ariz.; a sister, Nancy (Don) Born, of Bradley; three sisters-in-law, Marge Potter, of Kankakee, Pauline Loucks, of Seal Beach, Calif., and Joan Kight, of Delta, Mo.; three grandchildren, Nick (Emily) Dumey, of Bourbonnais, Justin (Ashley) Sommer, of Bourbonnais, and Noelle Dumey, of Springfield; one great-grandchild, William Andrew Dumey, and another one on the way.

In addition to her husband, she was preceded in death by her parents; a brother, James Potter; one granddaughter, Jodi Lynn Sommer; and one unborn great-grandchild.

Visitation will be from 5 p.m. Wednesday, June 26, until the 7 p.m. funeral service at Clancy-Gernon Funeral Home in Bourbonnais. Burial will be in All Saints Cemetery in Bourbonnais.

Memorials may be made to the Dementia Society of America online at, St. Joseph Catholic Church in Bradley, or to the wishes of the family.

Please sign her online guestbook at


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