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Death of Tammy K. Bender

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Tammy K. Bender, 62 of Carlinville, met Jesus on Thursday, June 1, 2023. Tammy was born on September 24, 1960, in Granite City. She was adopted and raised by Harvel and Alva Murray (Ahner) of Carlinville, both preceded her in death.

Tammy had no children of her own but she absolutely loved and adored her nieces and nephews.

She was preceded in death by her biological father, Kenneth Lewis and is survived by her biological mother, Pat Hughes (Ahner). Tammy had six siblings, Jackie Lewis of Girard, Kenneth R. Lewis of Carlinville, Patti Hughes of Girard (deceased), Jami Hughes of Williamsburg, IA, John Lewis of Girard, and Brandi Lewis of Girard.

Tammy loved the Lord. Anyone around her knew she loved Jesus. Tammy loved the Lord’s creations – she enjoyed animals, birds, and all plants. She owned a landscaping business. She loved to have her bare feet in the soil. Tammy not only grew plants, she grew people. She taught many how to love the Lord and how to understand His Word. She was diligent in making sure her prayers were always being said for her family and friends.

She was truly an anointed prayer warrior. Everything was lifted up to the Lord in prayer. She loved to exalt and magnify the Lord’s name and His works by singing and declaring scripture. Her family, friends and pets were so important to Tammy. She loved her dogs and treated them like her babies. She always had a genuine smile for everyone she met. She loved to laugh, and her favorite picture was of Jesus laughing and holding a child. She prayed with authority and knew what the Spirit was saying.

She spent her life as a missionary, here at home and abroad. She graduated from Rhema Bible Training Center, OK. The Kingdom of God was of utmost importance to Tammy. Each person she came across was treated with respect and given her full attention. Tammy loved well and she will be missed.

Family and friends may call on Wednesday, June 7, 2023, from 9:00 to 11:00 a.m. at Davis-Anderson Funeral Home in Carlinville where funeral services will be held at 11:00 a.m. Burial will follow at Sunset Hill Cemetery in Glen Carbon.

Memorials may be made to Macoupin County Animal Shelter. Davis-Anderson Funeral Home, Carlinville is in charge of arrangements.

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Death of Gloria E. Frey

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Gloria E. Frey, 73 of Staunton, passed away at 12:40 PM on Friday, June 7, 2024, at St. Elizabeth’s Hospital in O’Fallon. She was born December 23, 1950, the daughter of the late Will Henry and Jessie (Campbell) Frey.  

She had resided at Alhambra Care Center in Alhambra for the past 12 years.

Gloria is survived by two sisters-in-law, Karen Frey of Staunton and Jane Frey of Elk Grove Village, IL, and five nieces and nephews, Kim Knoche, Joan Arrington, James Frey, Michael Frey, and Matthew Frey. 

Besides her parents, she was preceded in death by two brothers, Charles and Robert Frey, and one niece, Melissa Frey.

Graveside services will be held on Wednesday, July 3, 2024, at 1:30 PM at Memorial Park Cemetery in Staunton. Williamson Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements.

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Death of Glenda F. “Dado” Hester

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Glenda F. “Dado” Hester, 88 of Bunker Hill, died at Villa Rose Senior Living Community, Bethalto on Wednesday, June 5, 2024.  She was born December 14, 1935, in Trenton, KY to Henry Clay Green and Florence O. Armstrong Green.  

She married Royce H. Hester on May 17, 1959, in Trenton, KY.  He preceded her in death on July 17, 2020.  She was a homemaker.  Glenda was a member of the Country Bible Church.  

She is survived by her children, Melinda (Jeffrey) Bertels of Dorsey, Michael (Laurie) Hester of Bunker Hill, and Millie Hausman of Lee’s Summit, MO; grandchildren, Ashley (Clayton) Gill, Jordan Bertels, Shelby Hausman, Alec (fiancée, Katie Hartsock) Hester, Clay Hausman, and Paige Hester; and great-grandchildren, Jack Wilcox and Vivien Wilcox.  

Glenda was preceded in death by her parents; spouse; sister, Juanita Price; and son in law, Matt Hausman.  

Friends may call on Monday, June 10, 2024, at Kravanya Funeral Home in Bunker Hill from 10:00 am until 12:00 pm. Funeral services are Monday, June 10, 2024, at 12:00 pm at Kravanya Funeral Home in Bunker Hill.

Burial will be at Bunker Hill Cemetery, Bunker Hill. Kravanya Funeral Home, Bunker Hill is in charge of the arrangements.

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Death of Ronald Hopper

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Ronald Hopper, 71 of Springfield, died in Springfield on Monday, June 3, 2024, at 8:05 am. He was born on July 19, 1952, in Jacksonville to Freeman Headen Hopper and Bernice Robertine Ranson. He married Yvonne Sorbie on July 14, 1990, in Springfield.  

Ronald was a 1970 graduate of Jacksonville High School. He was retired after having been a mechanic. Ronald enjoyed long-distance running and fishing.  

He is survived by his spouse, Yvonne Hopper of Springfield; children, Christy (Shawn) Shafer of Camby, IN and Nicholas Hopper of Boulder, CO; grandchildren, Elandra, Addison, and Ava, all of Indiana; sister, Cindy Lou (Rex) Gauges of Winchester; and several nieces, nephews, great nieces and great nephews.  

Ronald was preceded in death by his parents and brother, William Hopper.  

No public services are scheduled. Memorials are suggested to donor’s choice. Kravanya Funeral Home, Gillespie is in charge of the arrangements.

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