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Death of Joyce D. (White) Ashby

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Joyce D. (White) Ashby, age 99 years, a resident of rural Golconda, passed away Friay morning, November 10, 2023, at 1:00 am at her home. Joyce was born February 1, 1924, in the Cottage Grove community in Saline County. She was the daughter of Isaac E. and Anna (Rehm) White.

Joyce was united in marriage to Colonel Leland Ashby, Jr in 1944, at the First United Methodist Church in Eldorado. He preceded her in death on October 4, 2002.

Survivors include – several nieces and nephews and a longtime dear friend, Barbra Studley of Vienna.

In addition to her parents and husband, Joyce was preceded in death by her son, Douglas Ashby; a grandson, Chad Ashby; as well as brothers and sisters.

Joyce was a member of the graduating class of 1942 from Equality High School. She earned a master’s degree in education from the University of Illinois. Joyce was a lifelong educator. She taught elementary education at Bunker Hill and Gillespie until her retirement. Following her retirement, Joyce continued her love of education by serving as a volunteer tutor in the Pope County School System.

Joyce was very community minded. She served as an American Red Cross volunteer. Joyce was a member of the Illinois Retired Teachers Association and locally attended the meetings of the Pope County Retired Teachers Association. She was also a member of the Red Hat Society. Joyce, along with her husband, operated the Pine Meadows Christmas tree farm in rural Pope County for many years.

In her spare time, Joyce enjoyed reading, flower gardening, and she particularly enjoyed raising daylilies, as well as watching classic western television programs and movies. Joyce was a member of the First Presbyterian Church in Golconda.

Visitation will be conducted Tuesday afternoon, November 14, 2023, from 3:00 pm until 5 pm at Bailey Funeral Home in Vienna. Following the time of visitation, there will be a prayer service led by Elder Janet Proctor. Private interment will be held at a later date in Camp Butler Cemetery in Springfield.

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Memorials may be made to the Pope County Community High School (Scholarship fund). To share a memory of Joyce or to leave an online message of condolence for her family, please visit www.baileyfh.com. Funeral arrangements have been entrusted to Bailey Funeral Home in Vienna.

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Death of Nancy Ilene Weller

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Nancy Ilene Weller, 74, of Gillespie, died at St. John’s Hospital, Springfield, on Wednesday, March 6, 2024, at 2:52 pm. She was born June 4, 1949, in Litchfield, to Charles Giller and Margaret Whitman Giller. She married Kenneth Raymond Weller, Sr., on August 17, 1968, in Litchfield. He preceded her in death on December 5, 2011.

She was a caregiver. Nancy loved horses, reading, and her grandchildren.

She is survived by her children, Chester (Katina) Weller of Gillespie, Luke Weller of Gillespie, Spring Weller (spouse, Phillip Benner) of Fowler, IN, 6 grandchildren, 1 great-grandchild, 5 brothers, and sisters.

Nancy was preceded in death by her parents, spouse, 4 brothers, and sisters.

No public services are scheduled. Memorials are suggested to Shriners Hospitals for Children. Anyone wishing to send an online condolence may do so at www.kravanyafuneral.com. Kravanya Funeral Home, Gillespie, is in charge of the arrangements.

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Death of Beverly Kay Brown

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Beverly Kay Brown, 82, of Gillespie, died at Gillespie Health and Rehab Center, Gillespie, on Friday, March 8, 2024, at 8:45 am. She was born October 4, 1941, in Litchfield, to Mario Meldi and Opal Olston Meldi. She married Bob Brown on October 30, 1976.

She worked for the State of Illinois in title transferring and data processing. Beverly enjoyed reading and was an avid reader of People’s magazine.

She is survived by her spouse, Bob Brown of Gillespie, children, Joell (Sid) Flyte of Edwardsville, Jackie (Larry) Fear of The Villages, FL, Kathy Giesler of Mattoon, Kim (Joe) Brittin of Springfield, Jane (Greg) Hallum of Ishpeming, MI, Lori Brown of Temecula, CA, grandchildren, Breanna Leake, Dominique Flyte, Addie Flyte, Bradley Fear, David Fear, Brad Brittin, Melissa Casad, Amanda Kozak, Jaime Galloway, Jaimee Dobson, Jenny Knight, Emily Nault, Elyssa Gregurash, Erin Baldini, many great-grandchildren, brothers, Ron (Corky) Meldi of Nitro, WV, and sisters-in-law, June Swan and Loni Cloyd. Beverly was preceded in death by her parents, grandson, Jedd Hallum, and brother-in-law, Preston Brown.

Friends may call on Thursday, March 14, 2024, at Kravanya Funeral Home, Gillespie, from 11:00 am until 1:00 pm. Funeral services are Thursday, March 14, 2024, at 1:00 pm at Kravanya Funeral Home, Gillespie. Burial will be at Benld Cemetery.

Memorials are suggested to SS Simon and Jude Church. Anyone wishing to send an online condolence may do so at www.kravanyafuneral.com Kravanya Funeral Home, Gillespie, is in charge of the arrangements.

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Death of Darrell Leon Hoffstot

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Darrell Leon Hoffstot, 69, of Gillespie, died at St. Francis Hospital, Litchfield, on Saturday, March 2, 2024. He was born October 2, 1954, in Granite City, to Willard Lee Hoffstot and Hazel Mae Holloway Hoffstot.

He was retired after having been an assembler for Echlin. Darrell enjoyed fishing, hunting, camping, and water skiing.

He is survived by his sons, Zachary Hoffstot of Mt. Olive, and Zane Hoffstot of Gillespie, and sisters, Sandra Elledge of Litchfield, and Peggy (Joseph) Fischer. Darrell was preceded in death by his parents, and brother, Victor Hoffstot.

No public services will be held. Anyone wishing to send an online condolence may do so at www.kravanyafuneral.com. Kravanya Funeral Home, Gillespie, is in charge of the arrangements.

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