DECATUR -- Marie Dixie Slaughter, 85, of Decatur died 3:25 a.m. Tuesday (March 18, 2003) in ManorCare Health Services.
Services will be 2 p.m. Friday in Graceland Star of Hope Chapel. Visitation will be 6 to 8 p.m. Thursday in Graceland/Fairlawn Funeral Home. Burial will be in Graceland Cemetery. Memorials: American Cancer Society.
Marie was born May 12, 1917, in Belgique, Mo., the daughter of Leonard and Alta Allphin West. She was assistant manager for F.W. Woolworth Co. store in Decatur and later was assistant manager of the Grand Drug Store. She was a member of East Park Baptist Church. She married Vernie R. Slaughter in 1945. He preceded her in death April 27, 1989.
Surviving are her son, Earl Leonard McClure and wife Mylene of Mesa, Ariz.; grandson, Jon M. McClure and wife Dyan.
She was preceded in death by her parents, husband, three brothers and four sisters.
DECATUR -- Florence Marie White, 97, of Decatur died 5:53 p.m. Monday (March 17, 2003) in Lincoln Manor.
Services will be 10 a.m. Thursday in the First United Methodist Church. Visitation will be 5 to 7 p.m. Wednesday in Dawson & Wikoff West Wood Street Funeral Home. Burial will be in Salem Cemetery. In lieu of flowers, memorials to Macon County Historical Society for the Lincoln Statute or First United Methodist Church Christopher Class.
Florence Marie Scott White was born Oct. 29, 1905, near Boody, the daughter of William Oscar and Annie Laurie Austin Scott. She was a lifelong resident of the Decatur area. She was a graduate of Decatur High School in 1924. She later received degrees from Illinois State University and Millikin University. She was an educator her entire working life. Her first teaching assignments were in several of the rural schools in Macon County: Nevada, Childs, Disbrow, Pleasant Hill, Walnut Grove, Westfield, Pleasant Grove, Brush College I and Brush College II. In 1948, she became a junior high principal and teacher in the Lakeview Junior and Senior High School and later was director of elementary schools in the Lakeview Unit. She served as principal of the new Orville Spencer Elementary School in Decatur for 12 years before her retirement.
Mrs. White was president of the Macon County Teachers Association, a member of Decatur Area Retired Teachers Association and a life member of PTA and Illinois Retired Teachers Association. In 1942, she was initiated into Alpha Zeta Chapter of Delta Kappa Gamma, honorary society for "key women teachers." She served as Alpha Zeta's president twice and in other offices of the chapter. In 1983, the Sertoma Club of Decatur and the Mid-Illinois District of Sertoma Clubs awarded Florence their Service to Mankind plaque. In 1991, she was the recipient of the YWCA Women of Excellence, Cora B. Ryman Educational Award. In 1994, the Rotary Club of Decatur gave Florence the second Vocational Service Award in recognition of her outstanding contribution to her profession and the community, and a $500 check to the White Book House fund.
She was a member of the Historical and Architectural Sites Commission of Decatur and in 1993 received the Arthur Ploeger Award for Preservation of Decatur's historical and architectural heritage. She was chairwoman of the Heritage Committee of the Macon County Bicentennial Commission and a member of the commission to celebrate the 150th anniversary of Macon County. She was a member of the Stephen Decatur Chapter of the National Society of the Daughters of the American Revolution. Mrs. White published the book, "Rural Schools of Macon County," and in 1995, she was the national awardee of the Medal for Historian for her book. She was an active member of the Macon County Historical Society, serving as president for two terms and board member for many years. She planned the society's Book House and operated it for many years. The society awarded her and her husband, Earl, life memberships for their service.
In recognition of her many professional and civic efforts, on May 13, 1999, Florence was honored with a dinner in her honor at the old Lakeview High School. The event was titled "A Tribute to Florence White" and was attended by several hundred people, including many relatives, former students and a great many friends. During the festivities, Decatur Mayor Terry Howley announced that he had received word from the governor that he had proclaimed May 13, 1999, as Florence White Day in Illinois.
Mrs. White was a member of the First United Methodist Church for more than 70 years and a charter member of the Christopher Class and Mary and Martha Circle of the Women's Society of the church. In 1979, she wrote a booklet telling of the beautiful stained-glass windows in First United Methodist Church and their donors. She married Earl A. White on June 28, 1936. He preceded her in death Dec. 5, 1995.
Surviving are her sisters, Ethel Schuyler of Decatur; Marjorie Day and husband Kenneth of Collinsville; beloved nephews, David, Phillip and Michael Scott; Gary and Ron Day; James Schuyler; niece, Susan Scott Holzer; 38 grandnieces and grandnephews; 22 great-nieces and great-nephews.
She was preceded in death by her parents; brother, Ray Scott and wife Helen; and sister Helen Hammon.
DECATUR -- Myrtle Ruth Pyles, 71, Decatur, died Saturday (March 15, 2003).
Services: 2 p.m. Wednesday, Maranatha Assembly of God. Visitation: two hours before services in the church. Burial: Tuscola Cemetery. Arrangements by: Dawson & Wikoff West Wood Street Funeral Home. Memorials: American Lung Association or American Heart Association.
DECATUR -- Jean Morris Williams, 70, Decatur, died Saturday (March 15, 2003).
Services: 11 a.m. Wednesday, Brintlinger and Earl Funeral Homes. Visitation was Tuesday. Burial: Star of Hope Mausoleum. Memorials: Millikin University or DMH Home Health & Hospice Services.
DECATUR -- Genevieve May Yoder, 84, Decatur, died Saturday (March 15, 2003).
Services : 11 a.m. Thursday, Long Creek United Methodist Church. Visitation: 5 to 8 p.m. Wednesday, Brintlinger and Earl Funeral Homes. Burial: Point Pleasant Cemetery, Long Creek. Memorials: Long Creek United Methodist Church.
DECATUR -- Cletus L. Jannink, 78, Decatur, retired from Caterpillar Inc., died Sunday (March 16, 2003).
Services: 10 a.m. Thursday, J.J. Moran & Sons Funeral Home. Visitation: 5 to 7 p.m. Wednesday. Burial: Graceland Cemetery.
SMITHBORO -- Melvin C. Cripe, 84, Smithboro, retired farmer, died Sunday (March 16, 2003).
Services: 11 a.m. Thursday, Mulberry First United Methodist Church, Mulberry Grove. Visitation: 5 to 8 p.m. Wednesday, Donnell-Weigand Funeral Home, Greenville. Burial: Noffsinger Cemetery, Mulberry Grove. Memorials: Mulberry First United Methodist Church.
MATTOON -- Carol J. Deak, 51, Mattoon, formerly of Effingham, died Sunday (March 16, 2003).
Services: 2 p.m. Thursday, Mitchell-Jerdan Funeral Home, Mattoon. Visitation: one hour before services. Burial: Dodge Grove Cemetery, Mattoon. Memorials: American Diabetes. Association.
OLNEY -- James E. Hemrich Sr., 73, Olney, died Monday (March 17, 2003).
Services: 10 a.m. Thursday, St. Joseph Catholic Church, Olney. Visitation: 6 to 8 p.m. Wednesday with a 7:30 p.m. holy rosary. Burial: St. Joseph Catholic Cemetery, Stringtown, with military rites. Memorials: St. Joseph Foundation Trust.
OLNEY -- Easter Jewell Dobson, 78, Olney, died Monday (March 17, 2003).
Graveside services: 1 p.m. Friday, Maple Dale Cemetery, Olney. No visitation. Arrangements by: Summers-Kistler Funeral Home, Olney. Memorials: American Diabetes. Association.
SHELBYVILLE -- Earl M. "Choker" Lantz, 94, Shelbyville, died Tuesday (March 18, 2003). Arrangements incomplete: Howe & Yockey Funeral Home, Shelbyville.
PANA -- Verna C. Blemler, 88, Pana, homemaker, died Tuesday (March 18, 2003).
Services: 11 a.m. Thursday, McCracken-Dean Funeral Home, Pana. Visitation: 5 to 8 p.m. Wednesday. Burial: Rosemond Grove Cemetery, Rosamond. Memorials: Pana Community Hospital Foundation for Hospice, First United Methodist Church of Pana or Rosemond Community Presbyterian Church.
Member: First United Methodist Church and United Methodist Women. Survivors: husband, Robert "Bob"; daughters, Barbara Turner and Mary Scott, both of Pana; three grandchildren; seven great-grandchildren. Preceded by: one son.
GREENVILLE -- Carol Ann Jahnssen, 56, Greenville, formerly of Walshville, died Monday (March 17, 2003).
Services: 11 a.m. Thursday, May Funeral Home, Pocahontas. Visitation: 5 to 8 p.m. Wednesday and 8 a.m. until services. Burial: Sunnyside Cemetery, Sorento. Memorials: to the family.
SULLIVAN -- Lillian I. Kick, 96, of Sullivan died 4:45 p.m. Monday (March 17, 2003) in Sullivan Health Care Center.
Services will be 11 a.m. Thursday in Reed Funeral Home, Sullivan, with the Rev. Garry Gromley officiating. Visitation will be one hour before services. According to her wishes, Lillian will be cremated. Memorials: Sullivan First United Methodist Church Kitchen Fund.
Lillian was born Nov. 7, 1906, in Perry County, the daughter of William M. and Mary Heising Kick. She was a retired school teacher, loved children, flowers, enjoyed traveling and did volunteer work. She was a member of Sullivan First United Methodist Church, National Education Association, Illinois Retired Teachers Association and Moultrie County Home Extension.
Surviving are her special friends, Rosemary Wood of Sullivan; Donna Bogert of Monmouth.
She was preceded in death by her parents and one sister.
LATHAM -- Joyce Marshall, 77, of Latham died 2:15 p.m. Saturday (March 15, 2003) in her home.
Services will be 10 a.m. Wednesday in Fricke-Calvert-Schrader Funeral Home, Mount Pulaski, with the Rev. Marvin Mungle officiating. Visitation was Tuesday. Burial will be in Illini Township Cemetery, Warrensburg. Memorials: Latham Baptist Church or to the family.
Joyce was born June 6, 1925, in Goodlett, Texas, the daughter of Henry and Wilma Arnett Scott. She was a homemaker and was a member of Latham Baptist Church. She married Wilbur "Pinky" Marshall Jr. on Oct. 12, 1951, in Goodlett.
Surviving are her husband; daughter, Wilma (Richard) Stanley of Latham; daughter-in-law, Pam (Leo) Schmidt of Latham; sisters, Nina Ham of Hickman, Calif.; Frances Poole of Goodlett; Beulah Malone of Holly, Colo.; seven grandchildren; six great-grandchildren.
She was preceded by her parents; son, Larry, who died in 1989; three brothers; one sister and two grandchildren.
MATTOON -- Mary I. Rogers, 69, Mattoon, health care giver, died Tuesday (March 18, 2003).
Memorials services at later date. Arrangements by: Schilling Funeral Home, Mattoon. Memorials: The New Life Tabernacle, Sullivan.
OLNEY -- James Virgil Stadge, 71, Olney, died Sunday (March 16, 2003).
Graveside services: 10 a.m. Friday, Haven Hill Cemetery, Olney, with military rites. Visitation: none. Arrangements by: Summers-Kistler Funeral Home, Olney. Memorials: Lincolnland Hospice.
NIANTIC -- Wilma R. Ash, 85, of Albuquerque, N.M., formerly of Niantic, died Tuesday (March 18, 2003).
Private family services will be at a later date. French Mortuary, Lomas Chapel, Albuquerque, is in charge of arrangements. Memorials: Niantic Christian Church.
Mrs. Ash was born Dec. 15, 1917, in Niantic, the daughter of William and Clara Hall Moore. She retired from Sandia National Labs and was a member of the Shriners Honored Ladies and Women's International Bowling Conference. She married Joe Ash. He preceded her in death Oct. 17, 2000.
Surviving are her daughter, Gayle Harrington of Albuquerque; sister-in-law, Iris Moore of Niantic; nephew, Craig Moore of Niantic; nieces, Donna Myers of Hixon, Tenn.; Dawn Eckhart of Katy, Texas; several cousins, great-nieces and great-nephews.
She was preceded in death by her parents; husband; sister, Lucy Bruce; and brother, Charles D. Moore.
DECATUR -- Dorothy Mae Cobb, 75, of Decatur passed away peacefully 6 p.m. Saturday (March 15, 2003) in her home, surrounded by her family.
Homegoing services will be noon Saturday in Church of the Living God, PGT Temple 3, with visitation two hours before services. Bishop Thomas Cooper will officiate. Walker Funeral Service and Chapel is in charge of arrangements.
Dorothy was born Aug. 19, 1927, in Brownsville, Haywood County, Tenn., the daughter of Robert and Nannie Sue Jones. She was a homemaker and devoted her life and unconditional love to her family. She was a backbone to countless friends and neighbors. She extended that unconditional love to many others who looked to her as their mother. She touched the lives of many. She confessed a belief in Christ at an early age, where she then attended St. Paul's Baptist Church, Brownsville. She moved to Decatur and was currently a member of the Church of the Living God, PGT Temple 2, where she served faithfully on the mission board until her health failed. She married Leroy Cobb in 1945. He preceded her in death.
She leaves to cherish fond memories, her daughters, Gloria Patterson, Dorothy Boozer-Hill, Mary Jackson and husband Seabron, Verzell Taylor and husband Earl, Evelyn Gasber, Sue Cobb and Searcy Cobb, all of Decatur; son, Eric Cobb of Decatur; 26 grandchildren; 39 great-grandchildren; six great-great-grandchildren; aunt, Verma D. Taylor; sister-in-law, Octavia Jones; two nephews; one niece; very special friend, Sue Simcox; many, many caring family and friends.
She was preceded in death by both parents, husband, two brothers, three sons and one nephew.
She will be greatly missed by all.
The family would like to thank Dr. Carlos Fior and staff, the DMH Hospice staff and the staff of Addus Healthcare.
We do not know why sorrow comes and burning teardrops fall; we only know God is God and He watches over all and so in faith we must believe regardless of the test; no matter what each new day brings, God's will is still the best.
FORSYTH -- John Richard "Rich" Crocker, 86, Leesburg, Fla., formerly of Forsyth, died Sunday (March 16, 2003).
Services: 11 a.m. Friday, First United Methodist Church. Visitation: 6 to 8 p.m. Thursday, Dawson & Wikoff West Wood Street Funeral Home. Burial: Macon County Memorial Park, Harristown. Memorials: First United Methodist Church.
DECATUR -- Marion Duncan, 76, Decatur, died Wednesday (March 19, 2003). Arrangements incomplete: Dawson & Wikoff Colonial Chapel North.