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Frieda Webb

MARION — Frieda Mae Webb, 90, left this earth peacefully with her loving family at her side, at 9:30 a.m. Friday, Nov. 10, 2017.

Born Oct. 3, 1927, Frieda began her extraordinary life born on a farm near the Village of Wolf Lake in Southern Illinois. The eldest daughter of Mildred and Golbern Vincent, Frieda was one of 12 siblings and found her path to care for her younger brothers and sisters. Her most rewarding roles were daughter, mother, grandmother, sister and friend to many.

In her early career, Frieda worked as an LPN at Marion Memorial Hospital. She later worked with her second husband, Arthur E. Webb, in various businesses including auto sales and rentals, and raising and racing thoroughbred horses on their ranch in Marion. She finished her career in her senior years, working with many friends at Sam’s Club in Marion. Into her 80s, she enjoyed the people she served each week at Sam’s with a smile.

Frieda is survived by one brother, Kenneth Vincent; two sisters, Linda Walker and husband Roy Walker, Makanda, Illinois; and Carolyn Stephens and husband Bill Stephens, Aurora, Illinois.

Preceding her in death are her husbands, Alex Oland Frey and Arthur E. Webb; her mother and father, Mildred and Golbern Vincent; and her brothers, Arthur, Charles, Russell, Golbern, Robert, Ira, Donald Larry and Ronald Garry.

Frieda leaves behind her children, Alex Frey and wife Deborah, Makanda, Illinois, Robert Frey, Carterville, Illinois, Linda Jones and husband Robert, Herrin, Illinois, and Lesa Hunt and husband Brad, Marion, Illinois; and grandchildren, Kevin Frey and wife Gina, Amherst, New Hampshire, Brian Frey, Herrin, Illinois, Daniel Frey, Denver, Colorado, Alexandria Frey, Carterville, Illinois, Dawn L. Corey and husband Scott, Granite City, Illinois, Stephanie K. Miller, Raeford, North Carolina, Brandon Jones, Herrin, Illinois, Ashley Farthing and husband Britt, Carterville, Illinois, and Alyssa Hunt, Marion, Illinois; and great grandchildren, Walter G. Nieds IV, Carterville, Illinois, Lain Axton Farthing, Carterville, Illinois, Trevor Corey, Granite City, Illinois, Kirstie Miller and Megan Miller, both of Raeford, North Carolina.

Frieda also leaves her loving sisters-in-law, Carolyn Vincent, Makanda, Illinois, and Mary Jane Vincent, Phoenix, Arizona; and many nieces and nephews across the United States who love and miss her.

Frieda’s family wishes to extend their heartfelt gratitude to all of the staff at Century Assisted Living and Celtic Hospice for the devoted care they provided for her.

Funeral services will be Thursday, November 16, 2017 at 1 p.m. at Mitchell-Hughes Funeral Home with Rev. Keith Bunfill officiating. Burial will follow in Rose Hill Cemetery. Visitation will be Thursday from 11 a.m. until the time of service at the funeral home.

For those who prefer memorials may be made to the Children’s Miracle Network or Parkinson’s Research Foundation. Envelopes will be available and accepted at Mitchell-Hughes Funeral Home, 800 N. Market St., Marion, Illinois 62959.

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Lula Wooten-Sibigtroth

STONEFORT — Lula Belle Wooten-Sibigtroth, 81, of Sheridan passed Friday, Nov. 10, 2017, in Edward Hospital in Naperville.

Lula was born May 15, 1936, in Stonefort to Will and Lillie Deaton.

She married Charles L. Wooten on Feb. 12, 1955, in Williamson County. Charles passed away Oct. 19, 1986. On Sept. 28, 2002, she married Gail L. Sibigtroth in Sheridan.

Lula had retired from the CTS Manufacturing Co. in Sandwich and was a member of Sandwich Church of the Nazarene.

Lula is survived by her husband, Gail L. Sibigtroth of Sheridan; her four children, Dave (Vicki) Wooten of Ottawa, Steve (Leslie) Wooten of Sheridan, Donna Heroux of Ridge Farm and Greg (Luann) Wooten of Lincoln; nine grandchildren; and eight great-grandchildren.

She was preceded in death by her parents; her first husband, Charles L. Wooten; a son, Keith Alan Wooten; a grandson, Christian Wooten; and a granddaughter, Gabrielle Heroux.

A visitation will be from 5 to 8 p.m. Tuesday, Nov. 14, at Gabel-Dunn Funeral Home Ltd., 333 W. Church St., Sheridan, IL 60551. Funeral services will be at 11 a.m. Thursday in Reynoldsburg Church, 175 Harpertown Lane, Tunnel Hill, IL 62972, with Pastor Gary Graves officiating. A visitation will be one hour prior to services at the church. Interment will be in Zion Cemetery, Ozark.

Memorials may be directed to the Zion Cemetery, c/o Dianne Hill, PO Box 118, New Burnside, IL, 62967.

Visit www.dunnfamilyfunerlhome for information and to leave a condolence message.

Rev. Dr. Michael Doughlas Mayfield

PITTSBURG — The Rev. Dr. Michael Douglas Mayfield, 66, died at 11:08 p.m. Saturday, Nov. 11, 2017, at OSF St. Francis Medical Center of Peoria. 

Arrangements are incomplete at Wilson-McReynolds Funeral Home in Marion. 

Helen Hardcastle

HERRIN — Helen Hardcastle, 84, died Monday, Nov. 13, 2017, at her home. 

Arrangements are incomplete at Riggin-Pillatsch and Burke Funeral Home in Carterville. 

Mary Ada Pope Parks

ANNA — Mary Ada Pope Parks, 97, passed away quietly at 11:21 a.m. Friday, Nov. 10, 2017, in Southeast Hospital in Cape Girardeau, Missouri. A few days earlier it had been determined she had heart and kidney problems.

Mary Ada was born Jan. 4, 1920, to Jeanette Austin and Hugh Kennedy Pope in Yorkville, Illinois.

She grew up on the family farm which raised cattle, sheep and hogs. Her father’s Red Polled cattle herd was well known at the national level. Farm life was always special to her.

As a farm girl, 4-H was part of her life and she gained an early appreciation of sewing. Throughout her teen years, her annual 4-H project was to make a dress. This training led to her Bachelor of Science degree in Home Economics Education at the University of Illinois.

While attending U of I, she met Walter D. Parks at the Wesley Foundation. They became engaged as Walter entered the Army in 1942. Walt’s first furlough was delayed until December, 1944. Upon returning to the United States on Dec. 24, 1944, he phoned Mary Ada and said it’s time to get married. One week later on Jan. 1, 1945, they were married. Walt returned to the war for another six months.

During the war years Mary Ada taught high school home economics at Normal and Ashton, Illinois. After the war, they lived in Galesburg, Moweaqua and Effingham, before moving to Anna in 1955.

Upon arrival in Anna, word got out that Mary Ada taught Home Economics. Dongola High School was in need of a teacher, and although not looking for a job at that time, she agreed to go back to teaching. She taught in Dongola for two years, then transferred to Anna-Jonesboro Community High School in 1957. Mary Ada loved teaching and she received a Master’s degree from Southern Illinois University.

After 32 years of teaching, both she and Walt retired from their jobs in 1984 and spent the next 25 years traveling and enjoying the fruits of their life-long labors.

Mary Ada was a member of Anna United Methodist Church, Illinois Retired Teachers Association, the Monday Club and Thursday Club (she was an avid bridge player), and was an inactive member of the Daniel Chapmen Chapter of the Daughters of the American Revolution.

Mary Ada had several delights in her later years. Of course, being surrounded by children, grandchildren and great-grandchildren was number one, barely. Getting to play bridge was a close second. On bridge day her step quickened and enthusiasm increased. A third delight concerned Mary Ada’s uncanny memory of her many students. When a former student would walk up to her and introduce herself, the student may not have been immediately recognized, but the mention of her name brought back memories, and Mary Ada was usually able to let the student know that she was remembered.

Mary Ada is survived by her four children, W. David (Linda) Parks of Jonesboro, Floyd W. (Carole) Parks of Wellington, England, Diane M. Ward of Fort White, Florida, and Darryl W. Parks of Anna; five grandchildren, Maria J. (Jamie) Bridgeman of Cape Girardeau, John D. Parks of Anna, Rebekah S. (Allen) Plott of Anna, Charles F. (Tripp) Ward, III and Allison D. (Garrett) Courville of Fort White, Florida; 14 great-grandchildren, Clayton Bridgeman, Erikah, Emily, Esten and Evan Parks, Curtis, Amanda, Timothy and Daniel Plott, Charlie Ward, Nathan Benson, Landon, Mikalah and Madison Courville; a sister, Miriam Orr of Underhill, Vermont; a sister-in-law, Grace Pope of Harvard, Illinois; two brothers-in-law, Daniel Parks of Florence, Montana, and Roger Parks of Moweaqua; and many nieces and nephews.

She was preceded in death by her parents; husband, Walter; two brothers, Charles and Austin Pope; and one brother-in-law, John Parks.

Mary Ada’s body has been donated to the Southern Illinois University Medical Department.

A memorial service will be at 2 p.m. Sunday, Nov. 19, 2017, in the United Methodist Church in Anna, with Pastor Carl Johnston officiating. Visitation will be from noon until the hour of service at the church.

Memorial contributions may be made to First United Methodist Church of Anna or Union County Historical Society and will be accepted at the church.

Crain Funeral Home in Anna-Jonesboro is in charge of local arrangements.

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Gertrude 'Joyce' Cornwell

GOREVILLE — Gertrude "Joyce" Cornwell, 67, passed away at 7:55 p.m. Saturday, Nov. 11, 2017, at Heartland Regional Medical Center in Marion. 

Funeral services will be at 11 a.m. Friday, Nov. 17, 2017, in Mitchell-Hughes Funeral Home, with the Rev. Geroge Needham officiating. Burial will follow in Pleasant Grove Cemeterty. Visitation will be from 5 to 8 p.m. Thursday at the funeral home. 

Rick Edward Shepard

ROCKWOOD — Rick Edward Shepard, 65, died at 1:36 a.m. Sunday, Nov. 12, 2017, at his home. 

Arrangements are incomplete at Wilson's Funeral Home in Ava. 

Paulette McPhail

HURST — Paulette McPhail, 66, died at 5:49 a.m. Saturday, Nov. 11, 2017, at her daughter's home. 

Arrangements are incomplete at Mitchell-Huhges Funeral Home in Marion. 

Virginia M. Peters

ELLIS GROVE — Virginia M. Peters, 91, died at 5:46 p.m. Sunday, Nov. 12, 2017, in Three Springs Lodge Nursing Home in Chester. 

Arrangements are incomplete at Pechacek McClure Funeral Home in Chester. 

Larry Duncan

MARION — Larry Joe Duncan, 69, passed away on Oct. 23, 2017, in Herrin.

Larry was born Aug. 17, 1948, in Williamson County to Orvil Loyd and Edna Lorraine (Avery) Duncan.

He was preceded in death by his parents and three brothers, Roy, Harold and Donald Duncan.

Larry is survived by his three children, Lisa Jo and Dr. Medha Suwanawongse of Pittsburg, Christopher Lee and Amy Duncan of Marion and Joseph Lee Duncan of Marion; three grandchildren, Christian Michael Duncan, Aaron David Duncan and Jonathan Levi Duncan, all of Marion; and two brothers, Thomas Duncan of Buncombe and Jerry Duncan of Gary, Indiana.

No services are planned at this time. A memorial service will be held at a later date.

Blue Funeral Home in Marion is assisting the family with arrangements.

Esther Jane ‘E.J.’ Helleny

HERRIN — Esther Jane “E.J.” Helleny, 94, died Sunday, Nov. 12, 2017, in her home.

E.J., the daughter of John and Esther Jane Craver, was born July 2, 1923, in Murphysboro. She graduated from Murphysboro High School and Southern Illinois University at Carbondale. After graduation, E.J. taught school in Sesser and Anna-Jonesboro.

E.J. married Taffie Helleny of Herrin on June 18, 1950. He preceded her in death on Jan. 1, 2016. They had three children, Joey Helleny of Herrin, Jane (Craig) Herman of Herrin and Robert (Cathy) Helleny of Carterville.

She had three grandchildren that she loved dearly, Kim (Shayne) Alexander of Paducah, Rebecca (Matthew) Maloney of Herrin and Mary Kate Herman of Herrin. She is also survived by her beloved animal companions Buddy and Smokie, as well as one brother-in-law, Charles Helleny of Herrin. She was also loved by an extended family of nieces and nephews.

E.J. was also preceded in death by her parents, her in-laws, two brothers, a sister, four brothers-in-law, five sisters-in-law, two nephews and one niece.

E.J. had always been active in the community. She had been a buyer for the Herrin Hospital Auxiliary Gift Garden. She was a charter member of the Herrin Garden Club. She had been a member of the Herrin Women’s Club, a Girl Scout leader and the Order of the Eastern Star. She was a past president of the Friends of Morris Library and a past board member of the Friends of WSIU. She also enjoyed playing bridge.

E.J. was a past deacon and past elder at the First Presbyterian Church in Herrin.

Visitation will be from 6 to 9 p.m. Thursday, Nov. 16, 2017 at the Meredith-Waddell Funeral Home in Herrin. Funeral services will be at 11 a.m. Friday, Nov. 17, 2017, in the funeral home, with the Rev. Michael S. Neubert officiating. Burial will be in Herrin City Cemetery.

Memorials may be made to the First Evangelical Presbyterian Church of Herrin.

Bill Ford

ANNA — Bill Ford, 82, died at 11:39 a.m. Monday, Nov. 13, 2017, in Manor Court in Carbondale. 

Arrangements are incomplete at Crain Funeral Home in Anna-Jonesboro. 

Joan Mixen

ANNA — Joan Mixen, 67, died at 1:30 p.m. Monday, Nov. 13, 2017, at her home. 

Arrangements are incomplete at Rendleman and Hileman Funeral Home in Anna. 

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