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Isabel B. Marshall - 99

4/24/1914 - 1/1/2014
Monmouth, Illinois

Isabel Bickett Marshall, 99, of Monmouth died peacefully at OSF Holy Family Medical Center, Monmouth, surrounded by her family on Wednesday, January 1, 2014. She was born April 24, 1914 at New Concord, Ohio, the daughter of John Wilson and Leoti (Watt) Bickett. She grew up in Roney’s Point, West Virginia, and graduated from Monmouth College in 1936. She then attended Mosher Business College in Chicago and later lived and worked in Milwaukee, Wisconsin. Isabel married James William Marshall of Monmouth on March 30, 1940, in Chicago; Dr. Marshall preceded her in death on May 25, 1997. Isabel enjoyed life to the fullest with faith, family, friends and the many community organizations she was a part of; she enjoyed helping others all her life. She was an active member of Faith United Presbyterian Church of Monmouth where she served as an Elder, Deacon, Trustee, and Sunday School teacher. She was a dedicated member of Presbyterian Women USA. Isabel Circle, a women’s group at Faith Church, is named in her honor. A member of Chapter E PEO for over 65 years, Isabel served as its president three times. She also was a member of Alpha Xi Delta, and proudly participated in its local alumni chapter and enjoyed interacting with active Beta Epsilon Chapter members at Monmouth College. Isabel remained connected to the College all her life, serving as Tau Pi Mortar Board president and officer and receiving the Distinguished Alumni Service Award. She carried the love of music from a very early age, from playing piano and singing at churches where her father was minister to promoting cultural events in the local Monmouth community as a founding member of the Board of Directors of the Maple Leaf Community Concert Series. She supported her husband, Jim, in his medical practice all her adult life and was president of the Warren County Medical Auxiliary. In 1968, Isabel was named the Woman of the Year by the Monmouth Altrusa Club. She was voted an Ageless Achiever by the Western Illinois Area Agency on Aging in 2001 and a Rotary Paul Harris Fellow in 2002. She enjoyed entertaining family and friends at her home at 318 East Boston Avenue, Monmouth, where she lived for 62 years. Isabel and Jim reared five children in Monmouth, two of their own as well as the three children of her oldest sister, Mildred. Those left to cherish her memory are one son, John Marshall, and one daughter, Jane (Buster, Jr.) Kellogg, both of Monmouth, as well as a niece, Alis Creswell Chy of Monmouth, and a nephew, John Ward (Karen) Creswell of Lincoln, Nebraska, both of whom were raised in Isabel’s home. Those left to cherish also include her nieces, Sue Ranney of Boise, Idaho, and Betty Snodgrass (Charles) Herold of Weeki Wachee, Florida, as well as nine grandchildren and fourteen great-grandchildren. She was preceded in death by her parents, her husband, Jim, her sisters, Mildred and Laura Caroline, her nephew, Steven Marshall Ranney, and her niece, Carolbel Creswell Peters, who also lived in the Marshall household. In keeping with Isabel’s love of hosting family and friends at her home, all are invited to attend a Open House celebrating her life, which will be hosted by her family at 318 East Boston Avenue, Monmouth, from 5:00 P.M. to 7:00 P.M. on Friday, January 3, 2014. A memorial service will be held at Faith United Presbyterian Church at 1:00 P.M. on Saturday, January 4, 2014. Private family interment will be held prior to the memorial service. Isabel’s family will greet family and friends at Faith Church from noon Saturday until the time of service. Friends may call on Friday at Hoover-Hall Memorial Chapel, Monmouth, during the day. Memorials may be made in her honor to Faith United Presbyterian Church or the American Heart Association. Online condolences may be left at

Cecil May - 82

3/18/1932 - 12/29/2013
Oquawka, Illinois Cecil R. May, 82 of Oquawka, Illinois, died 8:53 P.M. Saturday, December 28, 2013 at Oak Lane Nursing and Rehab, Stronghurst, Illinois. He was born March 19, 1932, in Cedar Creek, Missouri, the son of Perry and Minnie (Combs) May. He was raised and educated in Cedar Creek, Missouri. Cecil served in the U.S. Army during the Korean War from 1948 to 1952 and was awarded the Bronze Star, United Nations of Service and National Defense Service Medals. Cecil married Alice Kimmitt in Arkansas on November 26, 1983 and she survives. He was a painter by trade and enjoyed fishing, hunting and playing cards. Cecil was a member of the Light of Life Church Ministries, Oquawka. Those left to cherish his memory are his wife, Alice of Oquawka, sisters-in-laws Carlone May of Branson, Missouri, Jackie May of Kirbyville, Missouri and Reva Kimmitt of Galesburg, Illinois along with several nieces and nephews. Per Cecil’s wishes, cremation will be accorded, and no visitation or services will be held at this time. Memorials may be made to Oak land Nursing an Rehab or Hospice of the donor’s choice and may be left at Hoover-Hall Memorial Chapel, Monmouth. Online condolences may be left at

Clara Mae Singleton - 89

10/23/1924 - 12/29/2013
Monmouth, Illinois Clara M. Singleton, 89, of Monmouth died 5:30 A.M. Sunday, December 29, 2013 at the Monmouth Nursing Home, Monmouth. She was born October 23, 1924 in Hillview, Illinois the daughter of Arthur and Edith (Stark) Fry. She was reared and educated in Little York, Illinois. Clara married Herbert Singleton in Monmouth, Illinois on September 17, 1947 and he preceded her in death on March 29, 1987. She was a beautician. She was actively involved in doing manicures at Roseville Nursing Home, Monmouth Nursing Home and F Wing of Community Memorial Hospital. elara was a long time member of the First Christian Church of Monmouth and had served as an volunteer at OSF Holy Family Medical Center. Surviving is one sister Joyce Stripe of Monmouth, along with nieces and nephews. Her parents, husband, 3 brothers, Arthur Dean Fry, Wilbur “Bud” Fry and Gerald “Ronnie” Fry, and 2 sisters, Margaret Howell and Genevieve Taylor, preceded her in death. Funeral services will be 11:00 A.M. Thursday, January 2, 2014 at the First Christian Church with Rev. Jim Epperson. Burial will be in Biggsville Cemetery. Visitation will be one hour prior to the service at the church. Memorials may be left for the First Christian Church. Online condolences may be left at

Harriett F. Reynolds - 91

9/29/1922 - 12/17/2013
Alexis, Illinois Harriett F. Reynolds 91, of Alexis, died 4:22 P.M., December 17, 2013, at Clarissa C. Cook Hospice House, Bettendorf, Iowa. She was born September 29, 1922 at Monmouth Hospital, the daughter of Clifford and Edna (Josephson) Simpson. She was raised and educated in the Alexis area where she graduated from Alexis High School in 1940 and she graduated from Brown Business College in Burlington, Iowa. She then moved to Washington, D.C. where she worked for the U. S. Navy Department during World War II, eventually moving to Mayo Army General Hospital in Galesburg, Illinois, where she met her husband, Marshall Reynolds and they were married on May 15, 1945 at the Norwood United Presbyterian Church. He preceded her in death on March 14, 2008. She was a lifetime member of the Norwood Presbyterian Church, serving as an elder and held various offices in it’s Mary Circle. Harriett was active in CC Club and was dedicated to civic service, serving as President of the Alexis American Legion Auxiliary, member of the Mercer County V.F.W., an officer of the Mildred Warner Washington Hearts of Oaks Chapter of the DAR, Aledo Mercer County Genealogy Society and Museum Board where she helped organize the 5th grade historical education tours. Harriett enjoyed crocheting, playing cards and games with her family and sharing her love of genealogy by helping family, friends and strangers find their family origins. Those left to cherish her memory are six daughters, Janice Sharer of Alexis, Beverlee Atherton of Savanna, Illinois, Marlene (Dan) McNaught of Fuquay-Varina, NC, Marsha Hardacre of Rock Island, IL, Rita (Brad) Rasmussen of Eldridge, IA and Rosalee (Maxon) Widner of Grand Prairie, TX along with 53 grandchildren and great grandchildren. She was preceded in death by her parents, husband and two brothers. Funeral services will be 10:30 A.M. Saturday, December 21, 2013at the Norwood Presbyterian Church with Pastors David Dutton and Maura Nagle. Cremation will be accorded following the services and interment of ashes will be in Norwood Cemetery at a later date. Friends may call after 2:00 P.M. on Friday at Hoover-Hall Memorial Chapel, Alexis where her family will present from 5:00 P.M. to 7:00 P.M. Memorials may be made to the Norwood Presbyterian Church or Clarissa C. cook Hospice. Online condolences may be left at

Shirley A. Spence - 85

11/20/1928 - 12/10/2013
Little York, Illinois Shirley A. Spence, 85, of Little York, IL, died 9:35 A.M., Tuesday, December 10, 2013, at Galesburg Cottage Hospital, Galesburg. She was born November 20, 1928, in Aledo, Illinois, the daughter of Lee and Mary (Metzner) Brown. She was raised and educated in Viola where she graduated from Viola High School. Shirley married Chester “Chet” Spence on July 19, 1947, in Aledo, IL, and he preceded her in death on February 8, 2010. She first worked at the Telephone Company and later worked at Bowman Shoe Co, in Monmouth and Holmes Shoes in the Galesburg Mall. Those left to cherish her memory are two daughters, Connie Thomas of Little York and Linda Collins of Midland Texas, 8 grandchildren, 17 great grandchildren, one great great grandson, one brother, Fred (Janet) Brown of Mt. Vernon, Illinois, along with nieces and nephews. She was preceded in death by her parents, husband, and one daughter Trudy Spence, one son, Rick Spence, one sister, Lenora Martin and two brothers, John Brown and Marvin Brown. Graveside services and burial will be 10:00 A.M. Friday, December 13, 2013 in Alexis Cemetery, with Pastor David Dutton of the Little Cedar Presbyterian Church. There are no visitation or calling hours planned. Memorials may be left for the Little York Baseball Diamond. Hoover-Hall Memorial Chapel, Monmouth is in charge of arrangements. Online condolences may be left at

Evelyn Orwig - 93

11/11/1920 - 11/21/2013
North Henderson Illinois

Evelyn Alberta Orwig 93, of Galesburg, formerly of North Henderson IL, died 9:45 P.M. Thursday, November 21, 2013 at Rosewood Care Center of Galesburg.

She was born November 11, 1920 in North Henderson IL, the daughter of Albert and Ella (Holmes ) Saylor. She was raised and educated in North Henderson IL.

She married Ernie Evard Orwig in Keokuk IA. December 9, 1939, and preceded her in death in January 1979.

She was a farm wife and mother. She enjoyed crocheting, painting, bowling and playing cards.

She was a member of the North Henderson Methodist Church and the War Mothers.

Those left to cherish her memory are two daughters, Janet (Fred) Brown of Mount Vernon IL, and Loretta “Lolly” Berg of Aledo two sons, Danny (Kathy) Orwig of Woodbridge, Virginia and Rusty (Beverly) Orwig of North Henderson IL, along with nine grandchildren and fifteen great grandchildren.

She was preceded in death by her parents and husband.

Funeral Services will be 11:00 A.M Monday, November 25, 2013 at Hoover-Hall Memorial Chapel, Alexis IL with Pastor Paul Lydic of the Gerlaw Christian Church. Burial will be in Mt. Vernon Cemetery, North Henderson. Friends may call after 9:00 A.M. on Monday November 25, 2013 at Hoover-Hall Memorial Chapel where her family will receive friends from 9:30 A.M. to time of service. Memorials may be left to St. Jude Children’s Hospital or OSF Hospice.
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Edythe Ann McKee - 73

5/22/1940 - 11/8/2013
Smyrna, Tennessee

Edythe Anne McKee passed away at her home in Smyrna, Tennessee on Sunday November 3, 2013 at the age of 73 after a long courageous battle with cancer. Edythe was born as Edythe Anne Simpson on May 22, 1940 in Aledo, Illinois to Melvin and Gladys Simpson. She grew up in the farming community of Alexis, Illinois, a place that always remained special to her and that she tried to visit often.

Edythe attended elementary school in the one room school house of Union District 13, and then graduated high school from Alexis High School in 1958. During those school days she was affectionately known to her classmates as “See Saw”. After high school, she attended Moline Lutheran Hospital School of Nursing, which she graduated with a Bachelor’s Degree in Nursing in 1961. After a long nursing career, she returned to school earning a Bachelor’s Degree in Psychology from the University of Texas at Tyler in 1986, and then a Master’s of Education in Counseling, with an emphasis on Gerontology, from the University of North Texas in 1988.

Over her lifetime, Edythe resided in many places. After graduating nursing school, she married (later divorced) in 1961 and moved to Fort Wayne, Indiana and finally retired in Dunnellon, Florida in 2002 where she lived for over 10 years. In between, she lived in Arlington, Virginia; Pittsfield, Massachusetts; Morton, Pennsylvania; Louisville, Kentucky; Columbia, Tennessee; Fort Smith, Arkansas; Tyler, Texas; La Crosse, Wisconsin; and Dallas, Texas. She moved to Smyrna, Tennessee in 2013 to be near her daughter while she continued to fight her illness.

Edythe was preceded in her death by her father, Melvin Simpson and her great granddaughter, Rebecca Jones. Edythe is survived by her mother, Gladys Simpson of Aledo, Illinois, and her three children: Susan Andrews and her husband Jerry of La Vergne, Tennessee; Thomas McKee and his wife Erin of Boulder, Colorado; and John McKee, and his wife Miranda of Houston, Texas. She is survived by two older brothers - Robert Simpson and his wife Karen of Viola, Illinois; Richard Simpson and his wife Janet of Alexis, Illinois. She is survived by ten grandchildren –Michael Vandiver and his wife Danielle of Minor Hill, Tennesse; Amanda Vandiver of Pulaski, Tennessee; Patrick Vandiver of Pulaski, Tennessee; Jay Andrews of La Vergne, Tennessee; Jessica Andrews of Nashville, Tennessee; Kathleen McKee of Fairbanks, Alaska; Sean McKee, of Seoul, South Korea; Ian McKee of Boulder, Colorado, Tyler and Maxwell McKee, both of Houston, Texas. She is survived by six great grandchildren, Kaitlyn and Ashlyn Vandiver, both of Minor Hill, Tennessee; Shelby and Madison Jones, both of Pulaski, Tennessee; and Chloe Vandiver of Pulaski, Tennessee. She is survived by four nephews and nieces – Kathy Dunn and her husband Jeff of Baltimore, Maryland; Jeff Simpson and his wife Sharon of Aledo, Illinois; Gary Simpson and his wife Gina of Alexis, Illinois; and Sandy Adams of Aledo, Illinois.

Edythe will be remembered for her love of family and friends. She was a lifelong Presbyterian, typically being very active in her local congregation. She had a special gift for working with the elderly, both as a nurse, a church volunteer, and as a counselor. Edythe’s wide ranging hobbies included traveling, watching almost any sport (but particularly football and tennis), playing bridge, and collecting dolls. Since she was a young adult she played bridge and particularly played often when she was retired and living in Dunnellon. She liked to travel both within the United States and overseas. She traveled in Europe, Asia, and the Caribbean, but her most memorable trip was to the Holy Land and the Mediterranean; she frequently spoke of it and its impact on her. Most of all, she enjoyed the opportunity for friendship and fellowship these hobbies provided. Lastly, she had a special place in heart for dogs and it was seldom that her household was without one or two.

Visitation and funeral services will be held on Saturday, November 16th at Norwood Presbyterian Church in Alexis Illinois. Visitation will be from 1:30 to 3:00 pm, followed by the funeral service beginning at 3pm, and then grave side internment immediately thereafter at Norwood Cemetery. Funeral services are being arranged by Hoover-Hall Memorial Chapel of Monmouth, Illinois. A memorial service in Dunnellon, Florida, is being planned for the near future. Donations in lieu of flowers may be sent to Norwood Cemetery. The mailing address is P.O. Box 553, Alexis Illinois 51412

Joan Miller - 85

4/1/1928 - 11/7/2013
Alexis, Illinois

Joan Miller, 85, of Alexis died 12:06 A.M. Thursday, November 07, 2013 at Rosewood Care Center of Galesburg.

She was born April 1, 1928 in Warren County, Illinois the daughter of John and Marian (Harben) McCutchan. She was raised and educated in Little York and graduated from Little York High School in 1946.

Joan married Harold Miller in Monmouth on April 4, 1948, and he preceded her in death on August 15, 1994.

Joan was a homemaker and a certified nurse’s aid. She provided home health care.

She was a member of the Village Baptist Church of Alexis and a former member of the Little Cedar Presbyterian Church.

Surviving are one daughter, Linda (Stanley) Shannon of Alexis and one son, Jeffrey Miller of Alexis, 6 grandchildren, Brandy Miller, Michael C. Miller, Ryan Miller, Carrie Miller, Shane Shannon and Garrett Miller and several great grandchildren.

She was preceded in death by her parents, husband and one son, Michael R. Miller

Funeral services will be 11:00 A.M. Saturday, November 9, 2013 at the Village Baptist Church in Alexis with Rev. Terry Johnston. Burial will be in Alexis Cemetery. Her family will receive friends one hour prior to the service at the church. Memorials may be left to the Village Baptist Church or Hospice Compassus. Online condolences may be left at

Loren Jack Zeilstra - 77

5/5/1936 - 10/9/2013
Oquawka, Illinois

Zeilstra,. Loren Jack

Loren Jack Zeilstra, 77, of Oquawka, IL, died Wednesday, October 9, at Apache Junction, Arizona.

He was born May 5, 1936 at Grand Rapids, Michigan, the son of John and Jennie (Zylstra) Zeilstra. He was raised and educated in Michigan.

He married Donna Miler in Cedar Rapids, Iowa and she preceded him in death on April 17, 1996.

He served in the U.S. Air Force during the Korean War.

He was a heavy machine mechanic.

He was a Mason.

Those left to cherish his memory are two sons, James (Lyn) Zeilstra of Oquawka and David (Jill) Zeilstra of Cedar Rapids, Iowa and one daughter, Annette Navratil of Cedar Rapids, Iowa.

He was preceded in death by his parents, wife, one son and one daughter.

Cremation has been accorded. No services are planned at this time.

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Virginia Juanita Rossell - 77

1/2/1936 - 10/8/2013
Alexis, Illinois

Rossell, Virginia Juanita.

Virginia J. Rossell, 77, of Alexis, died 6:00 P.M. Tuesday, October 8, 2013 at OSF St. Mary medical Center, Galesburg.

She was born January 2, 1936 at Galesburg, the daughter of Leo and Bernice (Tornquist) Frank. She was raised and educated in Alexis and graduated from Alexis High School in 1954.

Virginia married Howard Rossell at North Henderson, Illinois on April 23, 1978 and he preceded her in death on January 6, 2010.

In her younger years she worked at Formfit Manufacturing in Monmouth, and then worked at Maytag for 30 years until retiring. She then worked in the Alexis school cafeteria for 8 years. She enjoyed spending time with her grandchildren and family. She loved her flower garden. She enjoyed teaching her granddaughters how to sew.

She was a member of Zion Lutheran Church, North Henderson, the Alexis Women’s Club and the Red Hatters.

Those left to cherish her memory are two daughters, Marie (Troy) Johnson of Galesburg and Barbara (Brian) Neice of Alexis, two sons, Larry Hogan of Peoria and Howard Rossell, Jr. of Knoxville, God Daughter, Amy Bainbridge of Colorado, three grandchildren, James Lawson, Tori Johnson and Gabrielle Neice, and one sister Carol (Keith) Corbin of Alexis along with nieces and nephews.

She was preceded in death by parents, husband and daughter, Laura Lawson.

Funeral services will be 10:00 A.M. Friday, October 11, 2013 at the Zion Lutheran Church, North Henderson with Rev. Beth Hamilton. Burial will be in Alexis Cemetery. Friends may call after 2:00 P.M. on Thursday, October 10, 2013 at Hoover-Hall Memorial Chapel, Alexis where her family will be present from 5:00 P.M. to 7:00 P.M. Memorials may be left for Zion Lutheran Church. Online condolences may be left at

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