Carol A. Laird Ellis

Carol A. Laird Ellis

Carol A. Laird Ellis

Canton – Carol A. Laird Ellis, 74, of Canton, IL passed away at 3:32 am Wednesday, June 11, 2014 at Unity Point-Methodist in Peoria, IL.
She was born in Bryant, IL on May 6, 1940 to Helen L. (Smith) and Clyde N. Laird. She was preceded in death by her parents.
Carol married her soul mate, Jerry Ellis in Canton on February 29, 1980. He survives, along with a daughter, Susan (Gene) Taffar of Canton; a son, Scott Ellis, of Canton; grandchildren, Paige Leanne Ellis and Spencer Scott Ellis, both of Canton; and a cousin, Marge Weaver of Peoria, who was like her only sister.
She attended Bryant Grade School and graduated from Lewistown High School.
She worked at Lairds Family Owned Florist and Greenhouses from 1951 until 1982. She also owned Carol’s Corner Florist in Thomson, IL.
Carol also worked for Graham Hospital in Canton, Schaffer’s Florist in Clinton, IA, Mercy Hospital in Clinton, IA, Walter’s Florist in Canton, and State Farm Insurance in Canton.
The Bryant Methodist Church was a large part of her life until moving away.
She was a member of the Methodist Youth Fellowship, Ever-Ready Circle Club, and Ladies Aid Club.
Her hobbies were, spending time with family, cooking, photography, winning many blue ribbons in contests, publishing short stories and poetry, scrapbooking, dancing, boating, fishing, camping, and traveling. She also loved home decorating, loving her pets, and making sweet memories with her grandchildren.
Visitation will be Friday, June 13th from 6 to 8 pm at Murphy-Sedgwick Memorial Home, Canton where the service will be held on Saturday, June 14th at 11:00 am.
Rev. K. Bruce Rushing will officiate.
Burial will follow in Greenwood Cemetery, Canton.
Memorials may be made to the Fulton County Animal Shelter in Canton or Renal Disease Foundation.
To view Carol’s memorial DVD or submit online condolences go to www.sedgwickfuneralhomes.com

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Blanche S. Wilkinson

Canton – Blanche S. Wilkinson, 88, of Canton, IL passed away at 11:29 am Monday, June 9, 2014 at her residence.
She was born August 13, 1925 in Glasford, IL to George and Agnes (Kidd) Clauson. Blanche married Vernon Lee Wilkinson on February 1, 1944 and he preceded her in death on July 10, 2005.
Surviving are her son, Michael (Rita) Wilkinson of Canton; daughter, Janislee (Charles) Peacock of Kenney; three grandchildren, Charles Lee Peacock, Brett Wilkinson, and Brienna Cozad; seven great grandchildren, Ryan and Connor Peacock, Brock and Trent Wilkinson, and Mikayla, William, and Cheyenne Edwards; and two sisters, Beulah Wilkinson of Canton and Vivian Lowder of Van Orin.
She was also preceded in death by her parents; two grandchildren, Brice and Brenda; two brothers, Lloyd and Russell “Rod” Clauson; and three sisters, Vada Tomlinson, Darlene “Toots” Ihnes, and Mabel Romine.
Blanche worked in the office at JC Penney for 20 years.
She was a former member of the Canton Moose Lodge.
Cremation rites have been accorded.
A celebration of life and luncheon will be held on Saturday June 14th from 1 to 3 pm at the Canton American Legion.
Memorials may be made to Graham Hospital Home Health and Hospice.
Murphy-Sedgwick Memorial Home, Canton is in charge of arrangements.
To view Blanche’s memorial DVD and submit online condolences go to www.sedgwickfuneralhomes.com

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J. David Lewis

J. David Lewis

J. David Lewis

Smithfield – J. David Lewis, 35, of Smithfield, IL passed away at 10:15 pm Sunday, June 8, 2014 at his residence.
He was born January 17, 1979 in Benton, IL to John Hartley and S. Elaine (Farris) Lewis.
David has been with Andrew Kirk of Smithfield since January of 2008 and married on March 10, 2012 in DeSoto, IL. He survives.
Also surviving are his mother, S. Elaine Conaughty of West Frankfort; three fur children, Beverly, Wellington, and Gladys Kirk-Lewis; maternal grandmother, Sylvia M. Farris of Houston, TX; brother, Wesley A. (Angela) Conaughty of Benton; two sisters, Melissa E. (Jason) Mellott of Mt. Vernon and Claire M. (Aaron) Crow of West Frankfort; and several nieces and nephews.
He was preceded in death by his father and his paternal grandparents.
David was a nurse for Wexford Health, working at the Illinois River Correctional Center.
Cremation rites have been accorded.
A celebration of life will be Thursday, June 12th from 2 to 4 pm at Murphy-Sedgwick Memorial Home, Canton.
Memorials may be made to Midwest Dachshund Rescue, 8073 Stonegate Drive Tinley Park, IL 60487.
Online condolences may be sent to www.sedgwickfuneralhomes.com

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Ivan “Ike” Welker

Farmington- Ivan “Ike” S. Welker, 90, of Farmington passed away at 4:34 pm on Saturday, June 7, 2014 at his home.
He was born in Farmington on March 21, 1924 to Roy A. and Vera (Gooding) Welker. He has been with his wife Linda for thirty eight years. They were married in Buffalo, MO on September 23, 1993. She survives.
Also surviving are two children, Paula (Ray) Martinez of Sugar Grove, IL and Terry (Maysha) Carlson of Hobart, IN; four grandchildren, Adam, Marissa, Kyle, and Braydon; three great-grandchildren, Alyssa, Nathan, and Brycen; one sister, Norma Jean Stevens of Gary, IN; several nieces and nephews including one special nephew, Kenny G. Welker; and many cousins and friends.
He was preceded in death by his parents; three brothers, Kenneth, Robert, and Eldon; and one sister, Audrey Vaughn.
Ike worked at the local coal mines, and then was a mechanic for Ray’s Auto in Aurora for many years until his retirement.
He was a member of Loyal Order of the Moose 1571 and American Legion Post 140, both in Farmington.
He was also a lifetime member of Peoria Amvets Post 64 and Hanna City Sportsman’s Club.
Ike served in the Army during WWII, in the South Pacific. He was a First Sergeant, receiving several honors, including the Purple Heart.
Services will be held at 10:00 am Wednesday, June 11, 2014 at Anderson-Sedgwick Funeral Home, Farmington. Visitation will be from 5:00 pm-8:00 pm Tuesday, June 10, 2014 at the funeral home.
Burial will follow the service in Uniontown Cemetery in rural Knox County.
Memorials may be made to the donor’s choice.
To view Ike’s memorial DVD or to send online condolences please visit www.sedgwickfuneralhomes.com

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Elizabeth A. Guppy

Mapleton-Elizabeth A. Guppy, 73, of Mapleton, passed away at 9:25 am Saturday, June 7, 2014 at her home.
She was born in Peoria on November 12, 1940 to Herman and Mary (Miller) Bergman. She married Robert Guppy on November 29, 1957 in Bartonville. He survives.
Also surviving are four children, Robert (Debra) Guppy Jr. of Bartonville, Richard (Debra) Guppy of Peoria, Mary Kathleen “Kathy” (Jim) Thomason of Mapleton, and Jody (Dave) Owen of Mapleton; seventeen grandchildren; fourteen great-grandchildren; and one sister, Barbara Ellen Bergmen of Albuquerque, NM.
She was preceded in death by her parents and two grandchildren, Justin and Jill Guppy.
Elizabeth and Robert owned and operated Bob’s IGA in East Peoria from 1965-1993, they then changed it to New Twist. She continued operating it until her “retirement” in 2008. During her career and retirement she also worked at Limestone High School cafeteria, Gil’s in Hanna City, ran concessions at Pekin Riding Club, cut and sold firewood, farmed, and sold real estate for Jim Maloof Realtor.
She was a member of St. John Lutheran Church in Bartonville.
Elizabeth loved her husband and family, they always came first. She also loved horses, fast cars, her work, and being a competitive card player.
Cremation Rites have been accorded. Endsley-Sedgwick Funeral Home, Bartonville is in charge of arrangements.
A memorial service will be held at 11:00 am on Saturday, June 14, 2014 at St. John Lutheran Church in Bartonville. Pastor Michael Jones will officiate.
Memorials may be made to the church.
To view Elizabeth’s memorial DVD or send online condolences please visit www.sedgwickfuneralhomes.com

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Adelaide Barnes

Canton- Adelaide Barnes, 96, of Canton passed away at 1:05 am Saturday, June 7, 2014 at Prairie View Care Center in Lewistown.
She was born on March 21, 1918 in Gilchrist, IL to Simone and Mary Viano. She married Raymond Barnes on June 15, 1934 in Canton. He preceded her in death on March 9, 1999.
Surviving are two daughters, Irma (Jim) Hootman of Cuba and Virginia (Ed) Churchill of Ipava; ten grand children; fifteen great-grandchildren; six great-great-grandchildren; and one brother, John (Betty) Viano of Canton.
She is also preceded in death by one daughter, June Miller; one grandson; and two sisters.
Adelaide was a home maker. She was a member of Brock United Methodist Church in Smithfield and the Fulton County Farm Bureau. She enjoyed gardening, flowers, and especially seeing her babies.
Services will be held at 11:00 am Tuesday, June 10, 2014 at Murphy-Sedgwick Memorial Home, Canton, where visitation will be held one hour prior to the service. Burial will follow in Providence Chapel Cemetery, rural Farmington.
Memorials may be made to Brock United Methodist Church.
To view Adelaide’s memorial DVD or send online condolences please visit www.sedgwickfuneralhomes.com

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Charles E. Pollitt

Canton – Charles Everett Pollitt, 86, of Canton, passed away at 6:45 am Thursday, June 5th at his residence. He was born October 12, 1927 to Arthur and Ethel (Murphy) Pollitt. Charles married Eleanor Hogan/Munson on November 10, 1949 in Canton, she survives.
He is also survived by his two sons, Jeffrey (Jane) Pollitt of Peoria and Patrick (Pat) of Canton; four grandchildren, Shaun (Megan) Pollitt of Lisle, IL, Nicholas Pollitt of Mountain View, CA, Eric (Teresa) Pollitt of Peoria, and Laura Pollitt of Peoria; six great grandchildren Dakoda, Kolton, Georgia, Geneva, Eden, and Gabriel; five sisters, Melba Kumer, Peggy McWhorter, Judy Oliver, Marilyn Henderson, and Penny Wolfe all of Canton; and his Beagle, Alfred.
Charles was preceded in death by his parents; one sister, Betty; and four brothers, William, Wallace, Arthur, and Robert.
He graduated from Canton High School in January 1945 and enlisted in the U.S. Marine Corps, where he served in North China. He was honorably discharged as a Staff Sergeant. In 1957, he joined the Illinois State Police where he served 25 years as a trooper. He was awarded the Governor’s Commendation in 1964 for meritorious service by Governor Otto Koerner. He was selected to serve on the 1964 World’s Fair detail guarding the Gettysburg Address in New York City.
He was a 32nd degree Mason. He belonged to the Scottish Rite Valley of Peoria, the Vermont Masonic Lodge #116, and Wesley United Methodist Church in Canton.
His hobbies included carving decoys, observing wildlife, and reading. He also enjoyed working on crossword puzzles and spending time with his family.
Cremation Rites have been accorded.
A memorial service will be held at 3:00 pm Saturday, June 21, 2014 at Murphy-Sedgwick Memorial Home, Canton where visitation will be two hours prior. Burial of ashes will be in Greenwood Cemetery, Canton, at a later date.
Memorials can be made to the Fulton County Humane Society or American Lung Association.
To submit online condolences go to www.sedgwickfuneralhomes.com

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Anita H. Moore

Anita Moore

Anita Moore

La Salle-Anita Helen Moore (Stevens), 91, of La Salle, formerly of Trivoli, passed away at 8:07 am Monday, June 2, 2014 at Heritage Manor, La Salle.
Anita was born on March 20, 1923 to Paul V. and Lulu (Trayer) Stevens in Jackson, MN.
She married Oscar Galen Moore in May 1942 in Savanna, IL.
Surviving are two daughters, Connie (Greg) Bimm of Chicago Heights and Karen (Peter) Froehlich of Cortlandt Manor, NY; four grandchildren, Rachel Baker, Rosemary Froehlich, Jeff Bimm, and Jessica Rosati; one great grandson, Charles; and one sister, Audrey Carruthers of Florida.
She was preceded in death by her parents, husband, three brothers, and two sisters.
Anita did secretarial work at Farmington High School, the Pentagon, and Nationwide Insurance in Peoria.
She was of the Methodist faith, and a very active church member.
In her spare time she was a Choir Director, 4-H Leader, and a composer. She also gave piano lessons, participated in Community Theater, sang in Barbershop Quartets, and was an avid gardener.
Cremation Rites have been accorded.
There will be a memorial service held at 2:00 pm Friday, June 20, 2014 at Anderson-Sedgwick Funeral Home, Farmington with visitation held one hour prior. Burial of ashes will follow the service in Oak Ridge Cemetery, Farmington.
Memorials may be made to the Marian Catholic High School Band, 700 Ashland Ave., Chicago Heights, 60411.
To view Anita’s memorial DVD and submit online condolences go to www.sedgwickfuneralhomes.com

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Nellie M. Anderson

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Nellie M. Anderson, 69, of Canton passed away at 6:50 pm Tuesday, May 27, 2014 at the Graham Hospital. She was born on January 13, 1945 in Canton to Merton and Lucille (Johnson) Brown. Nellie married Phillip Anderson on December 23, 1978. He survives along with two children; David Anderson of Canton and Ruby Juska of Canton, and two brothers; Frank Brown of Canton and Francis Brown of Canton. She was preceded in death by her parents and one son Dale Brown. The family would like to thank 2nd floor south at Graham Hospital for the love and care they gave Nellie. She was a faithful and loving wife and will be sadly missed. Cremation rites have been accorded and there will not be any services. Murphy-Sedgwick Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements. Online condolences can be made at www.sedgwickfuneralhomes.com

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Cathy C. Cramer

Cathy Cramer

Cathy Cramer

Farmington – Cathy C. Cramer, 58, of Farmington, IL passed away at 8:00 pm Tuesday, May 27, 2014 at Heartland Health Care, Canton.
She was born May 16, 1956, in Peoria, IL to Charles “Sap” and E. “Polly” (Stell) Cramer.
Surviving are her daughter, Jessica (Daniel) Slater of Farmington; son, Austin Ensor of Farmington; and granddaughter, Scarlett Slater.
She was preceded in death by her parents and two infant brothers.
Cathy worked as a student facilitator for S.E.A.P.C.O. in Peoria, focusing on Autism.
She was a member of the Farmington United Methodist Church and Farmington Moose.
Cremation rites have been accorded.
Memorials may be made to Hearts for Adi c/o Heritage Bank in Trivoli.
Anderson-Sedgwick Funeral Home, Farmington is in charge of arrangements.
Online condolences may be sent to www.sedgwickfuneralhomes.com

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