HERRIN — Decima Whitfield, 80, passed away 5:50 a.m. Sunday, Dec. 3, 2017, in Shawnee Christian Nursing Center in Herrin.

Decima retired in 1985 as a special education teacher from Marion School District.

Decima was a member of First Baptist Church in Marion, the Adult2 Sunday School Class at the First Baptist Church, former member of Order of the Eastern Star and White Shrine of Jerusalem.

Decima was born Jan. 18, 1937, in Williamson County to John R. and Lula Bonnie (Williams) Willoughby.

Decima married Eugene C. Whitfield on April 17, 1968, in Mount Vernon. He preceded her in death Aug. 9, 2016.

Surviving are a niece, Deidra Schaub of Pennsylvania; two nephews, Scott Willoughby of New York and Mike Willoughby of New York; and close friends, Lora and Randy Settle of Herrin.

She was preceded in death by her husband; parents; brother, Robert J. “Bob” Willoughby; and a nephew, Robert John Willoughby.

Services will be at noon Wednesday, Dec. 6, 2017, at Meredith-Waddell Funeral Home, with the Rev. Mark Goldman officiating. Visitation will be from 10 a.m. until noon Wednesday at the funeral home. Burial will follow services at Herrin City Cemetery in Herrin.

Memorial donations are suggested and may be made to First Baptist Church, 1500 South 13th Street, Herrin, IL 62948, and will be accepted at the funeral home.

To leave a message of condolence, visit www.meredithwaddell.com.

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