• 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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  • Nina Louise (Kaelin) Owensby, 99, of Centralia, IL passed away Thursday, November 2, 2017 at Faith Countryside Nursing Home in Highland, IL. Nina graduated from Centralia Township High School in 1936. She attended Mac Murray College for Women in Jacksonville, IL from 1936 through 1938, in the school of Fine Arts. Later, she attended Centralia Junior College and graduated with an associate degree. She then attended McKendree College in Lebanon, IL and graduated with a B.A. degree. She taught school in Centralia for 28 years. She was a member of the Presbyterian Church from early childhood until 1978 when she joined the Hickory Street Christian Church, later Calumet Street Church, and remained a member until her death. Nina sang most of her life commencing with the Presbyterian Church Choir and then with the Hickory St. and Calumet St. Christian Church Choirs. She sang solos for many organizations and sang many years with that group. She was a member of the Prairie State Chapter of The Daughters of the American Revolution, the Retired Teachers Association, Ladies Auxiliary of Veterans of Foreign Wars, and A.A.R.P. She belonged to the Senior Saints and the Kingdom Builders Class of Calumet St. Christian Church.
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  • Janie Bost Reynolds went to be with her Savior Jesus Christ, Sunday, November 5th at 11:00pm. Janie accepted Jesus Christ as her Savior and was baptized in 1969. She attended College of the Sequoias in Visalia, California and later Liberty University in Lynchburg, Virginia. Janie was a high school teacher and administrator of Mt. Vernon Christian School for many years. She was honored to be chosen as a Senior Saint of Jefferson County in 2013. Janie was greatly loved by her family and church family.
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  • James T. Griffith, age 96, of Mount Vernon, Illinois passed away at 1:30 P.M. November 3, 2017, at SSM Health Good Samaritan Hospital. James proudly served his country in the United States Army during World War II. He worked as a carpenter for many years. James was a member of Hams Grove Baptist Church. His greatest joy was spending time with his family and friends. He was dearly loved and will be missed by all who knew him.
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  • Dorothy F. Taylor, age 82, of Salem, died November 5th, 2017 at SSM Health St. Mary's Hospital in Centralia. She was retired from Walmart and attended the Evergreen Christian Church.
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  • Buddy Gene Williams, age 83, of Mount Vernon, Illinois passed away at 3:45 A.M. November 4, 2017, at Mount Vernon Health Care Center. Buddy proudly served his country as a helicopter mechanic in the United States Army. He later worked as a truck driver. Buddy attended First Baptist Church of Woodlawn. He was dearly loved and will be missed by all who knew him.
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  • Wanda Lou Manning, 84, of Bluford, Illinois passed away at 1:40 A.M. October 30, 2017 after a short battle with Amyloidosis at Mount Vernon Countryside Manor in Mount Vernon, Illinois. Wanda and Marlin farmed for many years in Bluford then moved to Fairfield where Marlin pastored. After his passing she returned to Bluford where she has been active in several senior choirs, many church activities, and held membership at East Hickory Hill Baptist Church. She enjoyed cooking for family and friends and loved visiting with her family. She loved the Lord and fellowship with her church and family and will be greatly missed by all who knew her and loved her.
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