Ruth “Faye” VanMiddlesworth Settles

Ruth “Faye” VanMiddlesworth Settles, 88, 755 N. 8th Canton, passed away on 11:50 pm on Tuesday, Jan. 24, 2006 at Graham Hospital, Canton. Born in Orion Township, IL, April 18, 1917 to Joe and Sylvia (Bain) VanMiddlesworth, she married James William “Pee Wee” Settles on June 11, 1939 in Canton. He passed away on June 14, 1984. Surviving are two daughters, Dixie List of Canton and Karen Lighter of Pekin, three grandchildren and two great-grandchildren. Also preceding her in death were her parents and two grandsons. She traveled with her husband all over the world. She took her 5th grade students to the Rotary Travelogue every month. She served as a youth director at South Park United Methodist Church for 10 years and started the live Nativity scene which is still in operation today. She was awarded “Teacher of the Year.” Services will be Saturday, Jan. 28, 2006 at 1:00 pm at Murphy-Sedgwick Memorial Home, Canton. Visitation will be Friday Jan. 27th from 5 to 7 pm at the funeral home. Rev. Keith Jones will officiate. Burial will take place at White Chapel Memory Gardens, Canton. Memorials may be made to the First Baptist Church Scholarship Fund.

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Rilla M. “Jane” Meuth

Rilla M. “Jane” Meuth, 87, 216 N. 1st, Cuba, passed away at 9:40 am on Monday, Jan. 23, 2006 at Graham Hospital Emergency Room, Canton. Born in Brookland, MO. Dec. 4, 1918 to Wesley and Ada (McNew) Thacker, she first married Elmer Oja on Oct. 8, 1941. She then married George Meuth on Sept. 3, 1971. Both preceded her in death. Surviving are two sons, Dennis Oja and Thomas Oja both of Cuba, and daughter, Karen (Jim) Cromie of Sun City, AZ, three step-sons, Weston (Kathleen) Meuth and Todd Meuth both of Canton and Patterson (Joyce) Meuth of Waukegan, eleven grandchildren and seven great-grandchildren. Also preceding her in death were her parents and three sisters. She was of the Protestant Faith. She was a member of the Cuba Women’s Auxiliary. There will be a memorial service at Murphy-Sedgwick Memorial Home, Canton, on Saturday, Jan. 28th from 10:30 to 11:00 am. Memorials may be made to the Cuba Fire and Rescue Squad.

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Gordon D. Markley

Charles Dwayne Goudy, 77, of 896 E. Chestnut, Canton, passed away at 3:42 am on Sunday, Jan. 15, 2006 at his residence. Born in Canton on Feb. 16, 1928 to Merle and Florence E. (Miller) Goudy, he married Carol Joan Metcalf. Surviving are one son, Randol Goudy of Prunedale, CA., one daughter, Sandra Gates of Corona, CA., a special friend, Verda White of Peoria, nine grandchildren, three great-grandchildren and one sister, Maxine Grubaugh of Rawling, Wis. He was an electronical engineer for General Dynamics of Pomona, CA and TRW in Redondo Beach, CA. He was a member of the Canton VFW. He was a Navy veteran serving two tours of duty during the Korean War. Cremation rites have been accorded. There will be a gathering at the Canton VFW on Friday, Jan. 20th from 4 to 8 pm.
Murphy-Sedgwick Memorial Home, Canton was in charge of arrangements.

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Charles Dwayne Goudy

Charles Dwayne Goudy, 77, of 896 E. Chestnut, Canton, passed away at 3:42 am on Sunday, Jan. 15, 2006 at his residence. Born in Canton on Feb. 16, 1928 to Merle and Florence E. (Miller) Goudy, he married Carol Joan Metcalf. Surviving are one son, Randol Goudy of Prunedale, CA., one daughter, Sandra Gates of Corona, CA., a special friend, Verda White of Peoria, nine grandchildren, three great-grandchildren and one sister, Maxine Grubaugh of Rawling, Wis. He was an electronical engineer for General Dynamics of Pomona, CA and TRW in Redondo Beach, CA. He was a member of the Canton VFW. He was a Navy veteran serving two tours of duty during the Korean War. Cremation rites have been accorded. There will be a gathering at the Canton VFW on Friday, Jan. 20th from 4 to 8 pm.
Murphy-Sedgwick Memorial Home, Canton was in charge of arrangements.

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Michael O. Lillie

Michael O. Lillie, 48, of 500 S. 3rd, Canton, IL. passed away at 4:03 am on Sat. Jan. 14, 2006 at St. Francis Medical Center, Peoria, IL. He was born in Canton, IL. on March 26, 1957 to Eugene and Norma (Palmer) Lillie. Surviving are one son, Michael Blair Lillie of TN., two daughters, Chris Postin of CA., and Heather Lillie of FL., five step-brothers, Ron Hart of IN., Mark Hart and Calvin Hart both of Canton, IL. John Hart of Fairview, IL. and Jerry Hart of St. David, IL., two sisters, LuAnn (Mike) Pripish of Norris, IL. and Toni (Bruce) Stanfill of Hanna City, IL. and two step-sisters, Elsie Walters and Maxine Welker both of Canton, IL. He was a construction worker. Cremation rites have been accorded. There will be no services. Burial of ashes will be at a later date. Arrangements were made by Murphy-Sedgwick Memorial Home, Canton, IL.

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Ruth M. Berry

Ruth M. Berry, 83, of 648 W. Washington, Lewistown, IL. passed away at 5:44 pm on Friday, Jan. 13, 2006 at St. Frances Medical Center, Peoria. Born in Liverpool Township, IL. on July 31, 1922 to Everett and Nellie (Johnson) Pollitt, she married Raymond Berry on Feb. 14, 1942 in Palmyra, MO. He survives. Also surviving are two daughters, Connie (Michael) Boone of Canton, IL. and Marcia Berry of Lewistown, IL., three grandchildren, three great-grandchildren and one sister, Hilda Shaw of Trivoli, IL. Preceding her in death were her parents, one daughter, Tana Sue Reed, four brothers and six sisters. She was a member of the Lewistown United Methodist Church. Services will be Tuesday, Jan. 17, 2006 at 11 am at the Lewistown United Methodist Church where visitation will be from 10-11 am. Rev. Bill Bunnage will officiate. Burial will follow at Oak Hill Cemetery, Lewistown, IL. Memorials may be made to her church.

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Ruth E. Hunt

Ruth E. Hunt, 85, of 129 S. 1st Canton, passed away on Tuesday, January 10th at 8:10 pm at Sunset Manor, Canton.
She was born in rural Avon, August 21, 1920 to Clinton D. and Olga Mae (Bivens) Hunt. Surviving are two sisters; Catherine Dilts of Canton and Rose Russell of Speedway, IN.
She was preceded in death by her parents and one brother, Clinton Hunt. She was a member of the Fiatt Independent Christian Church and the Ladies Missionary Society of Fiatt.
Graveside services will be Friday, January 13th at 2:00 pm at the Prairie City Cemetery, Prairie City, with visitation at Murphy-Sedgwick Memorial Home, Canton from 12 to 1:00 pm.
Rev. Jim Menne will officiate.
Memorials may be made to her church.

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Dexter W. Harkness

Dexter W. Harkness, 65, of 100 W. Pearl, Farmington passed away on Sunday, Jan. 8, 2006 at 3:04 pm at St. Francis Medical Center, Peoria. Born April 12, 1940 in Elmwood to Alden B. and Alta LaVonne (Fuller) Harkness, he married Donna L. Rusk Dec. 19, 1959 in Farmington. She survives. Also surviving are three daughters; Tammy (Raymond) Nagel, Connie (Lawrence) Wheeler and Candy (Brian) McVey all of Farmington, seven grandchildren, four great-grandchildren, one brother; Jerry (Jeanine) Harkness of Peoria and one sister; Marjorie (Ronald) Camp of Elmwood. Preceding him in death were his parents and four brothers. He was a meat cutter for several Kroger stores and then worked at Caterpillar in Mossville, retiring in 1997 with thirty years service. He enjoyed traveling, bowling and long camping trips. He was a member of the Farmington Loyal Order of the Moose #1571. Services will be Thursday, Jan. 12th at 1:00 pm at Anderson-Sedgwick Funeral Home, Farmington with Rev. David Swain officiating. Visitation will be Wed. Jan. 11th from 6 to 8 pm. Burial will be at Oak Ridge Cemetery, Farmington. Memorials may be made to the Farmington Rescue Squad.

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Everett D. Baptist

Everett D. Baptist, 78, of 268 W. Elm Canton, passed away on Thursday, January 5, 2006 at 10:07 am at Graham Hospital Emergency Room, Canton. Born in Jacksonville, IL. on May 8, 1927 to Homer E. and Aileen L. (Ledferd) Baptist, he married Betty Ann (Smith) McGuire on Oct. 10, 1957 in Jacksonville, IL. She preceded him in death on Nov. 26, 2004. Also preceding in death were his parents and three brothers, Clarence, James L. and Robert (Bobby) Baptist. Surviving are five sons, Steve (Stella) McGuire of Wilmington, NV, John Michael McGuire of Jacksonville, IL., Anthony Baptist of Canton, IL. Paul Baptist of Apache Junction, AZ.and Mark Baptist of Phoenix, AZ, three daughters, Michelle (Edward) Patches of Canton, IL, Rosemary Cleary of Scottsdale, AZ and Tara Baptist of Phoenix, AZ, eight grandchildren, six great-grandchildren and five sisters, Dorothy Headen and Ruth Hembrough both of Jacksonville, IL., Esther Charlene of Phoenix, AZ., Betty Smock of Murrayville, IL. and Patti Watson of Austin, TX. He owned and operated Baptist Plumbing in Scottsdale, AZ for 30 years. He was a WWII Army veteran. He was a member of the Elks Lodge and the VFW in Jacksonville, IL. Visitation will be Sunday, January 8th from 4-5 pm with the rosary at 5:00 pm. Cremation rites will be accorded after visitation. Private burial of ashes will be at East Cemetery, Jacksonville, IL.

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Helen L. Wilson

Helen L. Wilson, 85, of S. Main St. limits, Canton, passed away on Wednesday, Jan. 4, 2006 at 2:20 pm at Graham Hospital Extended Care, Canton. Born, Dec. 1, 1920 in Orion Township, Fulton Co. IL, to Leo W. and Myrtle (Vaughn) Danner, she married Woodrow F. Wilson on Aug. 19, 1939 in Keokuk, IA. He died on Dec. 14, 1991. Surviving are one niece; Janice (Phillip) Dawson of Germantown Hills, one double cousin; Dale (Lavone) Vaughn of Canton and several cousins. She was a graduate of Peoria Central High School. She was a member of the First Baptist Church of Canton and its Golden Rule Class. Services will be Friday, Jan. 6th at 2:00 pm at Murphy-Sedgwick Memorial Home, Canton, with Rev. Stacy Tomich officiating. Visitation will be one hour prior. Burial will be at Greenwood Cemetery, Canton. Memorials may be made to the graham Hospital Extended Care Unit.

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