Marilyn Joyce Locke - 749/8/1941 - 10/8/2015
On October 8, 2015 the streets of Heaven gained a beautiful, loving, and endlessly selfless angel. Marilyn “Joyce” Locke, 74, of Macomb, Illinois, peacefully passed into the arms of Jesus at her home surrounded by family. Born September 8, 1941 in McDonough County, she is now reunited in Heaven with her parents, Elbert and Mary Jane (Roberson) Rigg; her sister, Linda Ward; her brother, Stanley Rigg, and two brother-in-laws, Larry Flockhart and Bill Shaffer.
Survivors include her loving husband, Paul Locke; two daughters, Paula (Mitch) Markey and Angela Locke both of Macomb, IL; her granddaughter, Angelica Markey; three grandsons, Caleb Markey, Cody Locke, and Colton Markey; one brother, Roger (Jennifer) Rigg; and four sisters, Carolyn (Don) Ussery, Janet Shaffer, Dora Ann Flockhart, and Kathy (Tarry) Thompson as well as numerous nieces and nephews.
She leaves behind a lasting legacy of love. A legacy that impacted her community and shaped her family. She represented the best that humanity can offer—demonstrating real sacrifice, generous giving, and a passion for the spirit of kindness on a daily basis—ideals that she implanted in the hearts of her children and grandchildren so that they could further spread it to the world.
Joyce channeled this love into her cooking knowing it would make others smile and keep her family coming home for more. She was known for her homemade lemonade, potato salad, mashed potatoes, ice-cream and so many other meals, the culinary world will deeply miss.
On Saturday mornings you could find her at a yard sale or thrift store looking for the best bargain; oftentimes, just so she could give it away to another. And in the evenings, she was always present on the front porch of her house—loving others and living deliberately.
She worked to support her family. She began by babysitting young children in her home, cleaning houses, and working at the Maid-Rite in Macomb. The majority of her working career was spent on the factory floor at Haeger Pottery in Macomb.
Put simply, she loved to love. It was in her nature. Her family and friends were the center of her world, and she would plan opportunities to bring everyone together to create memories—whether she was organizing a family gathering, creating new traditions, or attending a community event. She had a spunky personality and a sense of humor that made being with her fun and enjoyable. She was the luckiest woman. If she entered a drawing, you can bet her name would be drawn.
Funeral services will be 10:00 A.M. Tuesday, October 13, 2015, at the Jones Mortuary in Colchester, with Rev. Lee Unger. Burial will follow the services at Forest Lawn Memory Gardens in Macomb. Visitation with the family will be from 6:00 to 8:00 P.M. Monday at the funeral home. Friends may view and sign the register book at the funeral home after 9:00 A.M. Monday. Memorial donations may be made to St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital, an organization that gives children hope. The family has also established the Marilyn “Joyce” Locke Spirit of Christmas Memorial which will be used to support the Macomb Christmas Lighting and Decorating Contest. Joyce considered no higher honor than spreading the joy, spirit and true meaning of Christmas. This was demonstrated through her elaborate Christmas display each year, one of the great prides of her life. Online Condolences may be expressed to the family at jonesmortuaryfh.com
Mary I. Hartmann - 9411/7/1920 - 10/2/2015
Mary I. Hartmann age 94 of Macomb, Illinois, passed away October 2, 2015, at the Elms Nursing Home in Macomb. She was born November 7, 1920, in Macomb, Illinois to Charles L. and Grace W. Diamond Wiley. She was united in marriage on July 3, 1943, in Wilmington, Illinois, to Carl L. Hartmann, he preceded her in death on May 1, 1970. She was also preceded in death by her parents, and 1 Sister: Anna Reed.
Surviving to mourn her passing are 1 Son: George and Ruth Anne Hartmann, Macomb, Illinois, 3 Grandchildren: Stephen and Heather Hartmann, Brookfield, Illinois, Joshua Willis, Kansas City, Missouri, Andrea and Matt Thompson, Macomb, Illinois, and 1 Great Grandson: Tucker Thompson, Macomb.
Mary was a member of the Macomb First Baptist Church, Prairie Quilters, McDonough District Hospital Auxiliary, Business and Professional Women of Macomb, McDonough County Genealogical Society. She had been employed as a Civilian Employee of the United States Army, King Seely in Macomb, McDonough County Sheriffs Office, McDonough County States Attorneys Office, and Bailiff for McDonough County.
Funeral services will be 1:00 P.M. Wednesday, October 7, 2015, at the Jones Mortuary in Colchester, with Rev. Wally Holt. Burial will follow the services at Oakwood Cemetery in Macomb. Visitation with the family will be from 11:00 to 1:00 P.M. Wednesday at the funeral home. Friends may view and sign the register book at the funeral home after 9:00 A.M. Tuesday. Memorials are to Macomb First Baptist Church or McDonough District Hospital Hospice. Online Condolences may be expressed to the family at jonesmortuaryfh.com
Doris Catherine Hightower - 917/27/1924 - 9/21/2015
Doris Catherine Hightower age 91 of Macomb, passed away, Monday, September 21, 2015, at Wesley Village Memory Care Unit. She was born July 27, 1924 in Rushville, Illinois, to Carl and Carrie Simpson Heitz. Doris was united in marriage on June 22, 1946, in Rushville, Illinois to Rolla Hightower Jr., he preceded her in death on July 6, 2007. Also she was preceded by her parents, 3 Brothers: Kermit, Albert and Robert Heitz.
Surviving to mourn her passing are 1 Daughter: Deborah (Darrell) Negley, Macomb, Illinois, 1 Son: Michael (Tara) Hightower, Poway, California, 7 Grandchildren: Jason (Reanna) Hightower, Ryan Hightower, Corey Hightower, all of San Diego, California, Skyler, Riley and Kodi Hightower of Poway, California, Drew Negley of Littleton, Colorado, 2 Great Grandchildren: Nolan and Samuel Hightower of San Diego, California, 1 Brother-in-Law: Robert Hightower of Kirksville, Missouri and 1 Sister-in-Law: Norma Heitz of Rushville, Illinois.
Doris was employed at the Schuyler Telephone Company and Mickelberry Packing Company in Rushville before moving to Colchester. She then worked at the Colchester Grade School Cafeteria, before working in the Cataloging department of the Western Illinois University Library for 20 years, until her retirement in 1986. She was a 1942 graduate of Rushville High School, Doris was a member of the Macomb Church of God Abrahamic Faith where she also served as treasurer. Doris enjoyed her grandchildren, pets, baking, quilting, and knitting.
Funeral services will be 1:00 P.M. Saturday, October 3, 2015, at the Jones Mortuary in Colchester with Rev. Darrell Cardwell. Visitation with the family will be from 11:00 till 1:00 at the Funeral home on Saturday. Burial will take place at Mt. Auburn Cemetery in Colchester. Friends may view and sign the register book at the funeral home after 9:00 A.M. Friday. Memorial is to Wesley Village Memory Care Unit. Online Condolences may be expressed to the family at jonesmortuaryfh.com
Eldon L. McCoy - 7211/15/1942 - 9/6/2015
Good Hope, Illinois
Eldon L. McCoy age 72 of Good Hope, Illinois, went to be with his Lord at 10:18 P.M. Sunday, September 6, 2015. He was born November 15, 1942, in Galva, Illinois to Melvin and Elizabeth Noble McCoy. He was united in marriage to Janice Tones in Macomb on November 16, 1961, she survives of Good Hope.
Surviving to mourn his passing are his Wife: Janice, 2 Sons: Rick and (Michelle) McCoy, Big Springs, Texas, Roger McCoy, Macomb, 3 Grandchildren: Chasity Morse, Colchester, Janae McCoy, Deltona, Florida, Ricky Jr. McCoy, Big Spring, Texas, 5 Great Grandchildren, 3 Brothers: Richard and (Janice) McCoy, Morrison, Illinois, Ronald and (Rosa) McCoy, Rockport, Texas and William McCoy, Gulf Shores, Louisiana.
Eldon was preceded in death by his parents, 2 Sisters: Nancy Chapman, and Lawanda Franks.
He was a member of the Fandon Christian Church, Cass County Boxing Club. Eldon owned and operated Mac-s - Snacks.
Funeral service will be 10:30 A.M. Friday, September 11, 2015, at the Jones Mortuary in Colchester, with Rev. Aron Baker, Rev. Lee Unger and Rev. Algie Peterson. Burial will take place at Good Hope Cemetery. Visitation with the family will be from 6:30 to 8:30 P.M. Thursday, September 10, 2015, at the Jones Mortuary. Friends may view and sign the register book at the funeral home after 9:00 A.M. Thursday at the funeral home. Memorial is to McDonough District Hospital Hospice. Online Condolences may be expressed to the family at jonesmortuaryfh.com
Jean Scott - 8511/3/1929 - 9/3/2015
O'Fallon, Missouri formerly of Colchester
Jean Scott age 85 of O’Fallon, Missouri, formerly of Colchester, passed away Thursday, September 3, 2015, at St. Peters, Missouri. She was born November 3, 1929 in Moscow, Maine to Coburn Earl and Dorothy Lee McKinney Finnemore.
Surviving to mourn her passing are 1 Daughter: Shannon Scott, O’Fallon, Missouri, 2 Grandchildren: Kaitlyn Scott, Caryn and Justin Royer, 4 Great Grandchildren: Lily Evola, Mason, Kael and Blakely Royer, 1 Brother: Victor and Debbie Finnemore, Ogunquit, Maine.
Jean was preceded in death by her parents, 1 Son: Brian Scott, 2 Brothers: Coburn and George Finnemore and 1 Sister: Dottie Finnemore.
Jean had worked at the Colchester Nursing Center and the Colchester State Bank. She loved her Grandchildren, Great Grandchildren, Watching Birds, Wrestling and growing flowers.
Cremation rites have been accorded. Memorial services will be 1:00 P.M. Sunday, September 27, 2015, at the Jones Mortuary in Colchester with Rev. Mark Smith. In lieu of flowers, please make donations to the ALS Association in memory of Brian Scott. Online Condolences may be expressed to the family at jonesmortuaryfh.com
Betty Gwen Griswold - 899/6/1925 - 8/27/2015
Macomb formerly of Colchester
Betty Gwen Griswold age 89 of Macomb, formerly of Colchester, passed away Thursday, August 27, 2015, at the Miller Rehabilitation Center, in Kankakee, Illinois. She was born September, 6, 1925, in Macomb, Illinois to Glen and Hazel Welch Zimmerman. Betty was united in marriage on January 19, 1944, in St. Petersburg, Florida, to Glennon Griswold. He preceded her in death on April 6, 1992. She was also preceded in death by her parents, 2 Sons: T.J. and Glade Griswold. 1 Granddaughter, Melody Wainwright, 1 Son In Law: Dannie Markham and 1 Brother: Robert G. Zimmerman.
Surviving to mourn her passing are 1 Daughter: Judy Gwen Markham, Kankakee, Illinois, 1 Son: Gregory and Rita Griswold, Blacksburg, Virginia, 4 Grandchildren: Daniel Nathan and (Erin) Markham, Gwen M. Markham and (Zach) Kosyla, Matthew Brooks Griswold, Cydni Burns Griswold (Adam) Dettmar, 11 Great Grandchildren: Sawyer and Graham Markham, Shea, Chandler, and Evan Kosyla, Jesse, William and Thomas Wainwright and Bryn, Zoe, and Maya Griswold.
Betty was a past member of Colchester Eastern Star, Member of the Macomb Presbyterian Church. She loved being part of the Lafayette Square Community, where she was very active in many events and loved to visit with her family and friends.
Funeral Services will be 11:00 A.M. Monday, August 31, 2015, at the Jones Mortuary in Colchester, with Rev. Mark Merrill. Burial will take place at Mt. Auburn Cemetery. Visitation with the family will be 4:00 to 6:00 P.M. Sunday, August 30, 2015, at the Funeral Home. Friends may view and sign the register book at the funeral home after 9:00 A.M. Sunday. Memorials are to McDonough District Hospital or the Macomb Presbyterian Church. On line Condolences to the family can be left at jonesmortuaryfh.com
Shirley A. Burton - 753/12/1940 - 8/13/2015
Shirley A. Burton age 75 of Macomb, passed away at 9:30 P.M. Thursday, August 13, 2015, at Heartland Health Care Center in Macomb. She was born March 12, 1940, in Colchester to Roy and Margaret Miller Johnson. They both preceded her in death.
Surviving to mourn her passing are 2 Sons: Terry and Tabitha Burton, Blandinsville, Tim Burton, Arkansas, 1 Daughter: Teresa and Joe Rodriguez, Louisiana, 7 Grandchildren, 13 Great Grandchildren, 1 Brother: Pete and Sandy Johnson, Galesburg, Illinois, 2 Nephews and 3 Great Nephews.
Shirley had worked as a CNA at the Elms and Heartland Health Care Center in Macomb, along with food services at Western Illinois University and Ponderosa in Macomb.
Cremation Rites have been accorded. Private family services will be held at Hutchinson Cemetery, at a later date. Jones Mortuary in Colchester is handleing arrangements for the family. Memorial is to the American Cancer Society and can be sent to Jones Mortuary, Colchester. Online Condolences may be expressed to the family at jonesmortuaryfh.com
Vera Ruth Harper - 853/23/1930 - 8/4/2015
Vera R. Harper, 85 of Macomb, went to be with her Lord at 4:15 P.M., Tuesday, August 4, 2015 at Heartland Healthcare Center of Macomb. She was born March 23, 1930 near Silver City, Iowa to Howard and Lucy (Downing) Freeman.
She was preceded in death by her parents, and three brothers, Wade, Don and Richard.
Surviving are one daughter, Shirley (Michael) Galloway of Colchester, one son, Alan (Valeria) Harper on Lenox, Iowa, one brother Herb (Martha) Freeman of Villisca, Iowa, one sister Vivian (Howard) Bailey of St. Joseph, Missouri, six grandchildren, Stacy (Aaron) Seaman, Kendall (Haley) Thrapp, Taycey (Keith) Post, James (Amy) Harper, Jesse Harper, Rivel Harper, and 15 great Grandchildren, Kira, Eli, Zander T., Zoey, Will, Nick, Gabe, Zander S., Zayley, Zephiniah, Jonah, Zara, Roman, Olivia, and Lola.
Vera grew up on a farm in Iowa as one of six children. She got her teaching certificate at age 17 and taught in rural schools from 1947 to 1952. She loved the Lord and was involved with her church and sang in the choir. She was married to Dean Harper (deceased) in 1952 and lived in Lenox, Iowa, for 46 years. After raising their two children she worked for O’Bryan Brothers in Bedford, Iowa, as a secretary for National Farmers Organization in Corning, Iowa, and as a word processor in data processing at the First National Bank in Creston, Iowa, until she retired. She moved to Macomb, Illinois, in 1998 to be near family, where she lived out her remaining years.
Vera dearly loved visiting, singing, and playing with all of her grandchildren. She enjoyed writing poetry to her grandchildren. She liked to read scripture and all kinds of books. She loved nature and flowers and had many in her yard she tended as a hobby. She loved cats and enjoyed several of her own for many years and also enjoyed her daughter;s cat visiting the nursing home during her last year of life. She enjoyed traveling in her earlier years and even did a tandem skydive at age 54! She sang vocals in a country music band, called The Stragglers, for many years at nursing homes and various events before moving to Illinois, She enjoyed visiting with everyone and always had a beautiful smile to greet you. She never complained and was always generous and caring to others. She will be missed by all.
Celebration of Life services will be 4:00 P.M. Saturday, August 22, 2015, at the Jones Mortuary in Colchester, with Rev. Sam Kostreva. Visitation with the family will be from 2:30 to 4:00 P.M. Saturday at the Funeral Home. Memorials are to Argyle Bible Church / AWANA, Hospice Compassus in Galesburg, Illinois or McDonough County Humane Society. Online Condolences may be expressed to the family at jonesmortuaryfh.com
Bety Jean Avery - 8212/6/1932 - 7/28/2015
Betty Jean (Cleland) Avery, 82 of Colchester, passed away at 7:55 A.M. Tuesday, July 28, 2015, at her residence. She was born December 6, 1932, in Kirkwood, Illinois to Howard Cleland and Mable (Torrance) Kurtz.
She Married Fred J. Avery on May 1, 1951 in Macomb, Illinois. He preceded her in death on April 14, 1990.
She is survived by Two Children; Frieda Avery of Colchester, Dallas (April) Avery of West Point, Illinois, Three Grandchildren: Rosa (Lonnie) Feld of Colchester, Illinois , Dakota Avery of Ursa, Illinois, Gage Avery (Bridgette Fouts ) of Quincy, Illinois, Four Great Grandchildren, Gavin Feld, Trevor Feld, Phoenix Avery and Ruger Olsen, One Sister; Margie (Cleland) Quick originally from Burlington, Iowa, Four Brothers; Jim (Sandra) Cleland of Effingham, Illinois, John (Shirley) Cleland of Erie, Colorado, Elgie Cleland of Alpine, California and Dale Cleland of San Diego, California.
She was preceded in death by her parents: Husband, Two Sisters: Helen (Cleland) Forman and June (Cleland) Livermore and one Brother, Donald Cleland.
Betty was a bookkeeper for Yetter Manufacturing, Chenowith Implement and Davia Beverage. She left bookkeeping due to her numerous surgeries. She then went on to be known as the “Pie lady” of baking and selling at the Farmers Market in Macomb. She enjoyed Archery, Baking, Sewing, Reading and Crocheting. She was a beloved mother, grandmother, sister, wife and friend. She opened her heart to all helping raise three nieces, Jeanine and Brenda Cleland and Tina Avery, she also opened her door to family friend John Nicholas in his time of need.
Funeral services will be 2:00 P.M. Saturday, August 1, 2015, at the Jones Mortuary in Colchester with Rev. Mark Smith. Burial will follow services at Oakwood Cemetery in Macomb. Visitation with the Family will be from 5:00 to 7:00 P.M. Friday, July 31, 2015, at the Jones Mortuary. Friends may view and sign the register book at the Funeral Home after 9:00 A.M. Friday. Memorial is to Colchester Rescue Squad. Condolences may be expressed to the family at jonesmortuaryfh.com
Mary Jolene Miller - 874/7/1928 - 7/23/2015
Lincoln, Illinois formerly of Colchester
Mary Jolene Miller, 87, of Lincoln went to be with the Lord on Thursday, July 23, 2015 at The Christian Village Nursing Home in Lincoln. She formerly resided in Mesa, AZ, and Pekin.
Private family services will be held at the Mount Auburn Cemetery in Colchester, Illinois.
Mary Jolene Martin was born on April 7, 1928 in Colchester the daughter of Archie Leroy and Nancy Arvilla Mourning Martin. She was united in marriage to Robert L. Miller on January 12, 1950 . He preceded her in death on May 13, 2001.
Surviving Mrs. Miller are her three sons: D. Brent (Lin) Miller of South Lebanon, OH., R. Brian (Gigi) Miller of Carmel, IN., A. Barry (Karen) Miller of Lincoln. One sister: Dorothy Jean (Lloyd) Yetter of Colchester. Six grandchildren, two step grandchildren, thirteen great grandchildren, six step great grandchildren.
She was preceded in death by one sister: Betty Lee Martin La Joie of Montana, one brother: Charles Leroy Martin of Texas. Memorials may be made to Safe Haven Hospice, The Christian Village, or the Colchester United Methodist Church Youth Group. Jones Mortuary is in charge of local arrangements.
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