• Daniel Kustaborder, age 54, of Centralia, died November 8th, at St. Mary's Hospital in Centralia.
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  • Betty Marie Lipps, 88, of Mount Vernon, Illinois passed away at 4:05 P.M. November 9, 2017 at Green Tree at Mount Vernon. Betty was a longtime member of First United Methodist Church. She was a Senior Saint and a member of Main Street Theater. Betty was awarded Outstanding Woman of Illinois. She was the Founder of Angels on Assignment and First Day Singers. Betty had a special interest in genealogy, astrology, the arts, and humanities.
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  • Nancy Burleyson, age 86, of Mt. Zion, formerly of Salem, passed away Wednesday, November 8th, 2017, at The Glenwood Assisted Living in Mt. Zion. She was a bank teller and member of the Grace United Methodist Church. She was a Girl Scout leader, Bell Choir at Grace United Methodist Church and Marion County Cancer Society.
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  • Wilhelmine "Willi" Timmons, 96, of Centralia, IL, passed away on Tuesday, November 7, 2017, at SSM St. Mary's Hospital in Centralia, Il. Wilhelmine spent twenty one years in Rockford, IL then moved to Centralia where she spent the rest of her life. Mrs. Timmons was a member of Demaree United Methodist Church and a lifetime member of the Ladies Auxiliary of the VFW in Centralia. She spent over one thousand hours graciously volunteering at Marion Hospital and Nursing Home, and was a lifetime member of the National Home for children. Wilhelmine was a natural caregiver and nurturer, a devoted wife, mother, grandmother, and aunt. She will be deeply missed by all her family, friends, and those to whom she brought joy.
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  • Richard Hulen Garren, age 75 of Centralia, passed away Tuesday, November 7, 2017, at SSM Health Good Samaritan Hospital in Mt. Vernon.Richard served in the United States Navy. He worked at the Local 520 IUOE as a Heavy Equipment Operator for 50 years. He was a member of the Centralia Masonic Lodge 201 and served as a Wamac Alderman. He enjoyed fishing, hunting and making knives. His greatest enjoyment was spending time with his family and friends.
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  • Louise Elizabeth Schnitker, 86, of Centralia, passed away Wednesday, November 8, 2017, at Centralia Manor. Louise was a graduate of Nashville Community High School. She was also a member of Trinity Lutheran Church in Centralia. She and her husband were members of the adult choir for many years. She had also been a member of the Centralia Palette and Brush Club. Louise loved and enjoyed sacred choral music. Among her hobbies were knitting, sewing, fine and decorative painting, and caring for her pet dogs.
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  • Iva M. Simmons, age 98 of Iuka, died Monday at Doctor's Health and Rehabilitation. She was a housewife and farm wife who was a member of the Donoho Prairie Christian Church and Donoho Prairie Quilters. Iva loved to quilt and cook.
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  • Janet Lee Taylor, 74, of Centralia, passed away November 4, 2017, at Good Samaritan Hospital in Mt. Vernon. Janet was a long time employee of JC Penney and later retired from Goody's in Centralia. She enjoyed crocheting blankets for her grandchildren and great-grandchildren, gardening, cooking, Thomas Kinkade puzzles, and being with her family and friends. Family was everything to Janet. She had the biggest heart and her smile could light up a room. Janet was an avid Lakers fan and enjoyed talking basketball with her son, Rodney. "Your life was a blessing, your memory a treasure, you're loved beyond words and missed beyond measure."
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  • Debbie K. nee Cary Miller, 66, of Woodlawn, Illinois was carried to heaven in the arms of her Savior, Jesus Christ on November 04, 2017, with her husband and friends at her bedside at Good Samaritan Hospital in Mt. Vernon, Illinois. Debbie was a founding member of Ashley Community of Faith Church of Ashley, Illinois where she taught Sunday School. She loved working with the children of the community. She enjoyed watching the “Last Alaskan Frontier” and “Mountain Men” as well Food Network. She also loved fishing and cooking. She loved the Holidays and especially loved decorating for Fall and Christmas. Debbie loved Southern Illinois with all its seasons – from planting flowers to watching crops grow, taking drives to see the colored leaves and the soft snow flakes floating in the air. Her greatest joy was spending time with her family and friends. Debbie was dearly loved by many and will be missed by all who knew her.
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  • Ruth B. Scheets was born on July 29, 1912, in Centralia, IL, and died on November 4, 2017, in Effingham, IL. She was 105 years old. Ruth attended the Centralia public schools and the Centralia high school. She was Queen of the May Fete in 1930. She attended a girl’s school in Lexington, Kentucky, the University of Illinois, McKendree College, and the University of Miami in Coral Gables, Florida from which she received her Bachelor’s degree in Education, with a major in Art. She did graduate work at the University of Colorado and Southern Illinois University-Edwardsville. She later taught school at Pinecrest School in Ft. Lauderdale and in Centralia, Effingham, and Belleville, IL. Ruth is a member of the Okawville United Methodist Church and had been active in the Union United Methodist Church in Belleville. In the 1940’s, she was a receptionist at Shell Oil Company in Centralia. Later, while in Centralia, she was active in the Junior Women’s Club, sponsored a Girl Scout high school troop, owned and operated a children’s shop, was the first female member of the Chamber of Commerce, and was a member of the first Planning and Zoning Commission. She was also the secretary of the Kaskaskia Valley Association of the Illinois Education Association for seven years.
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