Mary W. (Miller) Helmuth, 68, of Arthur, IL, entered into rest at 1:50
p.m. Tuesday, May 02, 2000 at her residence surrounded by her family.Funeral
services will be held at 9:00 a.m. Friday, May 5, 2000 at the family residence,
RR 1 Box 169-B, Arthur, IL. Bishop Marion Miller will officiate. Burial
will be in the Otto Cemetery in rural Arthur, IL. Visitation will be anytime
prior to the services at the family residence. Edwards Funeral Home 221
E. Main St., Arcola, IL is in charge of arrangements.Mary was born April
22, 1932 in Arthur, IL, a daughter of William G. and Katie Ann (Beachy)
Miller. She married Albert D. Helmuth March 5, 1953 in Arthur, IL.She is
survived by her husband, Albert D. Helmuth of Arthur, IL; 7 sons, Ernest
Ray Helmuth and wife Katie of Newaygo, MI, Mervin Helmuth and his wife
Barbara Ellen of Arthur, IL, Stanley Helmuth and his wife Dorothy Fern
of Arthur, IL, Glen Helmuth and his wife Rosanna of Belvidere, TN, Larry
Helmuth and his wife Delores Ann of Arthur, IL, Willard Helmuth and his
wife Dorothy of Arthur, IL, and David William Helmuth and his wife Esther
Marie of Arcola, IL; 1 daughter, Betty Lou Helmuth of Arthur, IL; 32 grandchildren;
2 great-grandchildren; 4 brothers, Reuben Miller and his wife Fannie of
Sullivan, IL, Jacob Miller and his wife Katie Ann of Arthur, IL, Harley
Miller and his wife Martha Ann of Arthur, IL, and Elva Miller and his wife
Edith of Pentwarter, MI; 1 sister, Lizzie Ann Herschberger and her husband
Levi J.D. of Arthur, IL; 1 brother-in-law, Jacob D. Chupp of Arthur, IL.She
was preceded in death by her parents; 2 grandsons, Robert Helmuth and a
stillborn baby boy; 1 sister Alta Chupp.Mary was a homemaker and was a
member of the Old Order Amish Faith.
PHILO - Edith Ann Hite, 29, of Philo died at 11:50 p.m. Monday (May
1, 2000) at Provena Covenant Medical Center.The funeral will be 10:30 a.m.
Friday at the Freese Funeral Home in Tolono with the Rev. John Shephard
officiating. Burial will be in Locust Grove Cemetery in Philo. Visitation
will be from 6 to 8 p.m. Thursday at the funeral home.She was born Dec.
2, 1970, in Champaign, the daughter of Fred and Myra Campbell Hite.Surviving
are one son, Dustin Sears of Philo; one daughter, Autumn Sears of Philo;
her parents of Philo; fiance, Mark Lee of Oakwood; two brothers, Raymond
Hite of Fulton, Mo., and Eugene Hite of Springfield; two sisters, Cynthia
Paeth of Pesotum and Michelle Lynn Outlaw of Urbana; maternal grandparents,
Richard and Gloria Sampson of Oakland; and paternal grandmother, Edna Hite
of Mattoon.She was preceded in death by her paternal and maternal grandfathers.Ms.
Hite attended Unity High School, received her CNA degree at Parkland College
and worked at the Champaign County Nursing Home in Urbana.Memorials may
be made to the donor's choice.
CHARLESTON - Ollie Darold Key, 81, of Charleston died at 6:15 p.m.
Monday (May 1, 2000) at his residence in rural Charleston.The funeral will
be 2 p.m. Thursday at the Shrader Funeral Home in Arcola with the Rev.
John Danford officiating. Burial will be in Mound Cemetery in Charleston.
Visitation will be held one hour prior to the service at the funeral home.He
was born June 9, 1918, in Gamaliel, Ky., a son of Ollie and Ethel Shaw
Key. He married Vera Doty. She died in 1986.Surviving are two daughters,
Mrs. Wayne (LaVoice) Swisher of Humboldt and Treasa Story of Charleston;
one stepdaughter, Dale Lee Drumm of Arcola; one stepson, Sam Doty of Calif.;
two sisters, Izel Hale of Gamaliel, Ky., and Lena Brandon of Mahomet; five
grandchildren; one stepgrandchild; four great-grandchildren; and three
stepgreat-great-grandchildren.He was also preceded in death by his parents
and one infant brother.Mr. Key was a retired carpenter and member of the
First Baptist Church.Memorials may be made to the donor's choice.
LaVera Nada Adams, age 80, of Mattoon, passed away at 6:45 a.m. on
Monday, May 1, 2000 at the Sarah Bush Lincoln Health Center.The funeral
service will be held at 11:00 a.m. on Wednesday at the Schilling Funeral
Home with the Reverend Ronald Dickinson officiating. Burial will be in
the Dodge Grove Cemetery. No visitation is planned.LaVera was born in Chaplain,
Saskatchewan, Canada on July 7, 1919, a daughter of Allen Prentiss and
Altia Missouri Tate Owens.Survivors include one son, Stephen M. Watson
of Champaign; three daughters, Linda Broussard and husband Jerry of Houston,
Texas, Sandra Purdy and husband Fred of Olney, and Susan McDevitt and husband
Scott of Mattoon; seven grandchildren, Jerry S. Broussard II of Houston,
Texas, Robert P. Broussard and wife Angela of Austin, Texas, Karen E. Craig
and husband Jim of Houston, Texas, Scot E. Purdy of Olney, Kristine L.
Rietz and husband Todd of Lawrenceville, Shane M. Louthan and wife Jamie
of Mattoon, and Dustin R. Louthan of Mattoon; ten great-grandchildren,
Brandi, Rachel, Michelle, Stephanie, Trey, Cole, Kameron, Tyson, Dylan,
and Sherrie; and one great-great-granddaughter, Lexie.She was preceded
in death by one daughter, Lorri Watson, four brothers and three sisters.Mrs.
Adams was a devoted mother, grandmother, and great-grandmother. She liked
spending time with family and friends and crocheting. She will be sadly
A memorial service for Florence Allen will be held on Sat., May 6,
at 11:30 AM at the First Presbyterian Church, 10 Charleston Ave., Mattoon.
Officiating will be Sr. Pastor, Dr. John P. Besore and Rev. Jan Kennedy,
Assoc. Pastor.A luncheon and time of fellowship will immediately follow
the service.Mrs. Allen, 91, died Fri., March 3, at Care Center of Champaign
after a long illness. She was a long time resident of Mattoon, in recent
years residing at Mattoon Health Care Center.She was born Dec. 24, 1908
at McAlester, OK. She married Dr. S.H. "Doc" Allen May 9, 1930 in Tulsa,
Okla. He died in 1978.Surviving are her daughter Koralie and husband, Andy
Hunt of Champaign. Her sister, Frances Adams lived in Vero Beach, FL.Mrs.
Allen is also survived by three grandchildren and their families: Tom Taylor;
Shirley and son, Jackson; of Sausalito, CA, Kurt Taylor, Barbara, son Larry
and daughter Hannah of Englewood, FL; and Jackie and husband Mike Styles
of Houston TX.Mrs. Allen was a homemaker. She was a member of the 1st Presbyterian
Church. She taught Sunday School, was active in Rebekah Circle and served
as an elder.She enjoyed nature, gardening and music. She liked cooking
and baking, especially cookies.
Audrey Alvis, age 88, of Mattoon, passed away at 11:09 a.m. on Sunday,
April 30, 2000, at the Sarah Bush Lincoln Health Center.The funeral services
will be held at 10:00 a.m. on Thursday at the Schilling Funeral Home with
the Reverend Henry Wilson officiating. Burial will be in Rest Haven Memorial
Gardens. Visitation will be held from 6:00-8:00 p.m. Wednesday evening
at the funeral home.Audrey was born in Jefferson County on September 5,
1911, the daughter of Benjamin F. and Martha Haney Littrell. She married
Billie Alvis on May 31, 1930 in Salem. They raised ten children. Billie
preceded her in death on June 12, 1986. She was also preceded in death
by two sons, Charles Robert Alvis and Kenneth Richard Alvis, and one granddaughter,
Rose Martin.Survivors include seven sons, James Ronald Alvis and wife Diana
of Deer Creek, Billie Joe Alvis and friend Jean of Camache, Iowa, David
Lee Alvis and friend Mary of Mattoon, Jerry Wayne Alvis and wife Linda
of rural Charleston, Donald Loyd Alvis and wife Johnadine of Mattoon, Gary
Edward Alvis of Ocala, Florida, Darrel Gene "Butch" Alvis and wife Carla
of Allenville; one daughter, Sally Ann Wilcoxon and friend Bill of Allenville;
twenty-seven grandchildren, thirty great-grandchildren and two great-great-grandchildren.Mrs.
Alvis retired from Montgomery Ward in 1974. Audrey was a loving wife, mother
and grandmother.Memorials are suggested to a charity of the donor's choice.
John Gayle Barbee
WESTFIELD - John Gayle Barbee, 81, of Westfield, died at 10:26 p.m.
Saturday, April 29, 2000, at Sarah Bush Lincoln Health Center.The funeral
will be at 1:30 p.m. Wednesday, May 3, 2000, at the United Methodist Church,
Westfield, with the Rev. Joe Grozik officiating. Burial with graveside
military rites by Westfield American Legion Post 609 and Casey VFW Post
5762 will be in Richwoods Cemetery, Westfield. Visitation will be 5 to
8 p.m. today (Tuesday) at Markwell Chapel, Westfield, Illinois.He was born
July 3, 1918, in Westfield, Illinois, the son of John Edward "J.E." and
Rachel M. Daughhetee Barbee. He married Maxine Fern Golladay April 23,
1946, in Charleston. Surviving are his wife, Maxine Barbee of Westfield;
one daughter, Roberta Ann Ring and husband Larry of Streamwood; three grandsons,
Jon, Dan and Jeremy Ring; one granddaughter, Amanda Ring; one great-grandson,
Zachary Ring; three great-granddaughters, Serena, Jeanna, and Morgan Ring;
one sister, Gladys Robinson of Westfield; four foster children, Carolyn
Barker of Henderson, N.C., Marsha Poole of Boultz, Fla., Ronnie Moore of
Charleston, and Helen Williams of Gridley, Calif.; and several foster grandchildren
and great-grandchildren.He was preceded in death by his parents, one granddaughter,
three sisters, Grace Fitzgerald, Goldie Staley and Jean Barbee, and one
brother, Glen Barbee.Mr. Barbee was a farmer, a member of Westfield United
Methodist Church, Casey VFW, Disabled Veterans, and Westfield American
Legion. He was also a Voiture 594 U.S. Army 37th Division veteran of WW
II, a member of the Illinois Farm Bureau and International Showman's Association.Memorials
may be made to the American Heart Association or to the American Diabetes
TOLEDO, OHIO - Viola M. Freeman, 90, of Toledo, Ohio, formerly of Mattoon,
died Thursday (April 27, 2000).A private funeral will be held. There will
be no visitation. The W. K. Sujkowski and Son Funeral Home, Toledo, Ohio,
is in charge of the arrangements.She was born Aug. 9, 1909, in Holton,
Mich., the daughter of Frederick and Nettie Peek. Surviving are her children,
Ellen Clark, Fred Gilbert, and Lottie Gilbert; 19 grandchildren; 39 great-grandchildren;
and 19 great-great-grandchildren.She was preceded in death by two husbands,
Willard Freeman and Ted Gilbert, five children, three grandchildren, and
one brother.Mrs. Freeman had worked for Maxine Furniture and Home Furniture.Memorials
may be made to Hospice of Northwest Ohio Hospice.