MARION — Betty June Chamness, 87, passed away at 1:25 p.m. Sunday, Dec. 3, 2017, in Parkway Manor.

Betty was born Jan. 28, 1930, in West Frankfort, the daughter of Lewis “Earl” and Lois Mae (Slayden) McClellan.

She married Ben Chamness in Marion on July 10, 1954, and together they shared more than 61 years of marriage until his death on May 8, 2016.

She was a member of First Baptist Church of Marion. Betty was a loving wife, mother and grandmother.

Survivors include her sons, Jack Chamness of Marion and Earl Chamness and wife, Brenda of Marion; granddaughters, Diana Hoover and husband, Toby of Marion and Debra Perkins and husband, Kevin of Thompsonville; great-grandchildren, Krista Tacderas and husband, Sean of Marion, Brittani Snyder and husband, Justin of Marion, Amber Ortega and husband, Kyle of West Frankfort and Corey, Alex and Jesse Perkins of Thompsonville; great-great-grandchildren, Emma Coffey, Jaxon Terry of West Frankfort, and another one due in June 2018; brother-in-law, Sam Chamness and wife, Ann of Marion; and several nieces and nephews.

She was preceded in death by her parents, husband, Ben Chamness, and brother, Jim McClellan.

Funeral services will be at 1 p.m. Thursday, Dec. 7, 2017, in Mitchell-Hughes Funeral Home, with the Rev. Dennis Mohr officiating. Burial will follow in Rose Hill Cemetery. Visitation will be from 5 to 8 p.m. Wednesday at the funeral home.

For those who prefer memorials may be made to Alzheimer’s Association. Envelopes will be available and accepted at Mitchell-Hughes Funeral Home, 800 North Market Street, Marion, Illinois 62959.

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