Barbara Ore – Benton, IL

Barbara June (Trybull) Ore, aged 61, passed away on May 26, 2024 at her home in Benton, IL. She was born on October 10th, 1962 to Kenneth and Dorothy (Carter) Trybull in Geneva,IL.

Barb is survived by her three sons; Justin (Karissa) Borowiec, Tim (Tara) Borowiec, and Tyler (girlfriend Chelsea) Ore all of Benton, bonus daughter Andrea (Bobby) Davey of Christopher, her father Kenneth Trybull of Benton, her two brothers Larry (Carol) Trybull of Hinckley, IL and Dave (Tracy) Trybull of Plover, WI, her loving grandchildren Branlee and Tynlee Borowiec, Meryl Ore, Kalie (James) Triplett, her niece and nephew Jack and Tess Trybull, and many cousins and other family members that will miss her so much.

She was proceeded in death by her mother, Dorothy Trybull.

Barb had a wonderful sense of humor and always had the biggest smile on her face, especially when she would talk about her grandchildren. Her three boys and her grandchildren were her biggest accomplishments and her pride and joy. Her grandchildren will miss Grandma Monday’s where they were spoiled rotten all day long. She worked at Flower’s By Dave for over 20 years and was everyone’s go to girl for flowers.

Visitation will be on Thursday, May 30, 2024 from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. at Morton and Johnston Funeral Home. The funeral will immediately follow with burial at Masonic and Odd Fellows Cemetery.

In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to Morton and Johnston Funeral Home to assist the family with funeral expenses.

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Carolyn Sue Biggs-Marion, IL

Carolyn Sue Biggs, 80, of Marion, passed away on Wednesday May 22, 2024 at Parkway Manor. She was born on July 9, 1943 in Zeigler, IL to James and Bonita (Berry) Journey. She was preceded in death by her parents, husband David Biggs and one brother Jim Journey. Carolyn’s wishes were to be cremated and a graveside service will be held on Wednesday May 29, 2024 at 10:00 AM at the Mulkeytown Cemetery.

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Edith C. Flannigan – Thompsonville, IL

Edith C. Flannigan, 72, of Thompsonville, IL, passed away at 9:10 a.m., on Tuesday, May 21, 2024, in the Franklin Hospital ER in Benton, IL.

She was born on August 20, 1951, to Charles and Minnie (LaVelle) Harding in Boise, ID. Edith married David Flannigan and he preceded her in death on January 12, 2018.
Edith was a member of Plasters Grove Freewill Baptist Church. She enjoyed selling antiques and bowling.
Edith is survived by her son, James Matthew Schwei; two sisters, Yvonne (Kim) Wohlfeil and Teresa Frederick; eight grandchildren and nine great-grandchildren.

She was preceded in death by her parents, Charles and Minnie Rose Harding and her husband, David Flannigan.

Services have been entrusted to Pate Funeral Home, 301 South Main Street, Benton, IL.

Visitation will be held on Sunday, May 26, 2024, from 11:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m. at Pate Funeral Home, 301 South Main Street, Benton, IL.

Funeral services will be held on Sunday, May 26, 2024, at 12:00 p.m. at the Pate Funeral Home, Benton, IL, with Pastor Kim Wohlfeil, officiating.

Per Edith’s wishes, cremation will take place.

Memorials may be made to the Benton Ministerial Alliance and will be accepted at the funeral home.

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Bette King – Benton, Illinois

Bette King was born in Melford, MA on January 3, 1934, and peacefully passed away on January 27, 2024. This obituary deviates from the conventional. It doesn’t detail Bette’s life achievements, her loved ones, and family members who preceded her in death.

Truth be told, not much is known about Bette other than she was a wife, mom, grandmother and an LPN. Bette was full of personality. She was stubborn and funny. She loved to tease people and she beamed when they would banter with her. She enjoyed coloring, chatting with friends, playing cards, crafts and sitting outside on pretty days. Bette adored her mother. She loved her son, daughter, and granddaughter. Her longing for their presence was so profound that she often envisioned warm visits from them, sometimes imagining invitations to be with them. Given the limited knowledge of her family background and circumstances, no assumptions or judgments are made on either side.

A memorial service to honor Bette will take place on Friday, May 24th, at 1 pm at the Brady Cemetery in Akin, IL. The service will be a simple graveside ceremony conducted by Greg Poole from Can’s Can Ministries. The public is welcome to attend.

The Leffler Funeral Home of Benton is in charge of the arrangements.

A heartfelt expression of gratitude extends to all those who contributed funds toward Bette’s cremation, funeral arrangements, and burial plot. Your kindness and generosity is profoundly appreciated. Bette now rests in eternal peace, embraced in the loving arms of our Savior. Your presence was cherished, Bette, and you are dearly missed.

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Michelle R. “Shelly” Clayton – Whittington, IL

Michelle R. “Shelly” Clayton, 56, of Whittington passed away at 5:58 P.M. on Friday May 17, 2024 at SSM Health Good Samaritan Hospital in Mt. Vernon.

She was born in Sparta, IL on October 5, 1967 the daughter of Gail & Sherry Cockrum.

Shelly married David Sidney Clayton on August 13, 2001 and he preceded her in death on August 25, 2021.

Shelly loved kids, and worked at a Day Care and as a Teachers Aide. She enjoyed cross stitching, working puzzles, especially word puzzles of all kind and reading her Bible. She was a proud mom who supported and attended all of her daughter’s activities.

Shelly is survived by her:
Daughter: Sydney Renee Clayton of Whittington & boyfriend Aaron Rorie
Sister: Tonya Steele of Sesser
Brother: Wendell Cockrum & wife Shelly of West Frankfort
Jerry Clayton of Montana
Marvin Clayton of Georgia
Jason Clayton & wife Barb of Benton
Several Aunts, Uncles, Nieces, Nephews & Cousins
Best Friend: Pam Dorris of Benton
Mrs. Clayton was preceded in death by her Parents, Husband and a Nephew-Trent Cockrum.

Funeral services will be held at 11:00 A.M. on Saturday, May 25th at the Whittington Church with Rev. Mark Minor officiating. Visitation will be after 9:00 A.M. on Saturday at the church.
In lieu of flowers, Memorials may be made in Shelly’s memory to the family to assist with expenses, or to her daughter Sydney for school and living expenses.
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Anna Mae Riggs-Christopher, IL

Anna Mae Riggs, 92, of Christopher, passed away on May 14, 2024 at her home.

She was born on February 3, 1932 in Murphysboro, IL to Eugene and Margaret (Ward) Qualls. She married Leonard Riggs Sr. on November 23, 1957 and he preceded her in death on May 7, 2016.

She is survived by her children Leonard Riggs Jr. of Christopher, Loretta (Tom) Mitchell of Sikeston, MO, Kimberly (Charles) Diuguid of Royalton and Lucinda (Rodney) Hill of Christopher; two sisters Marge Mosbacher of Waterloo and Faye (Homer) Campbell Hill, IL and one brother James Qualls of Dupo, IL; grandchildren Erik (Melinda) Redding, Randy (Terry Dawn) Redding, Natalie Elam, John (Anki) Mitchell, Jason Mitchell, Daniel (Elizabeth Reeder) Tolley, Donald (Chelsea) Basenberg, Joshua (Alyssa) Basenberg, Melissa (Andy) Leedle and Jared Diuguid and several great grandchildren and great great grandchildren.

She was preceded in death by her parents, husband, one daughter Consuela Redding Ward, one great granddaughter Ashley Dawn Redding, two sisters Lucille Holecek and Barbara Jo Qualls and one brother and sister-in-law Ed and Jean Ann Qualls.

Graveside services will be on Monday May 20, 2024 at 11:00 AM at the Mulkeytown Cemetery. Friends and family are asked to meet at the cemetery.

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Alma Louise (Mandrell) Hefner-Sesser, IL

Alma Louise (Mandrell) Hefner, 66, of Sesser, passed away on Tuesday May 14, 2024 at her home.

She was born on August 8, 1957 in Sterling, IL to James and Lida L. (Shaw) Mandrell. She married William Hefner and he preceded her in death.

She is survived by her mother Lida Mandrell of Sesser; one sister Angel Todd of Sesser; two brothers James Mandrell of Mt Vernon and Steven Mandrell of Mt Vernon and several nieces and nephews.

She was preceded in death by her father, husband and one sister Jo Ellen Mandrell.

Alma’s wishes were to be cremated.

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Kent Gross – West Frankfort, Illinois

Kent Bertrand Gross, age 62, of West Frankfort, Illinois; passed away at 4:40 a.m. Sunday, February 4, 2024, at his home.

Kent was born March 15, 1961, in Belleville, IL. He was the third boy born, with a full head of beautiful blonde curly locks, to the proud parents of Patricia Marie and Amander Valentine Gross.

Kent passed away peacefully at home after fighting his battle with cancer. He was preceded in death by his parents, his sister-in-law Denise Gross, and his nephew Paul Michael Gross.
He was a proud member of Local 702 and an employee for twenty-one years with Nelson Tree Service, West Frankfort, IL. He loved his job and his co-workers and was proud of the brotherhood.
Kent enjoyed the outdoors, including fishing, hunting, camping, and especially canoeing on the Current River.
He enjoyed spending time with his friends and family and fine cuisine. He was always the life of the party, telling jokes and making people laugh. He will be dearly missed. His saying in life was “Life is short so enjoy every minute and don’t sweat the small stuff”.

Kent loved the holidays. He held a special place in his heart for Thanksgiving at Uncle Charlie and Aunt Lisa Bertrand’s, and especially Christmas with his family.
He is survived by his loving wife Dana Durham; his two brothers Keith Allen Gross and his two sons Brett and Scott Gross, his brother Gregory Kevin Gross and wife Mary along with their son Alex Gross; and several nieces and nephews and cousins.

Kent’s Celebration of Life will be held at 4:00 p.m. Friday, May 17, 2024, at the Honker Hill Winery, 4861 Spillway Road, Carbondale, Illinois 62902.
The family looks forward to seeing anyone that would love to Celebrate Kent’s life.
“It’s never good-bye my love, it’s till we meet again” Love always Dana “wife”
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Arrangements are with the Leffler Funeral Home of Benton.

Billy Joe Flatt-Coello, IL

Billy Joe Flatt, 88, of Coello, passed away on May 11, 2024 at his home.

He was born on August 26, 1935 in Mulkeytown to William Crawford and Dorothy Vera (Koenig) Flatt.

He graduated from Christopher Community High School in 1952. He said that he worked on a farm that summer picking peaches and in the fall moved to Peoria, IL with a friend to get a job at the Caterpillar Company. He said he was a runner but got himself fired after 3 months. At that time he went to work at W.T. Grant Department Store. Starting at the bottom as a janitor, then a stock boy and eventually he moved into management. He worked and traveled for this company for 12 years.

I was at W.T. Grant Department Store in Peoria, IL that he met his future wife Elizabeth Mary Stanfel. He said that they were at a Christmas party and his coworkers were teasing him about dating her, which at the time he was not, so he thought he should ask her out and as they say the rest is history.

The summer of 1953 he wrote his mom a letter telling her that he had met and asked the most beautiful girl to marry him and they were coming home for the Fourth of July holiday and wanted to get married while they were down. The married on July 6, 1953.

They started their family in 1954 when Toni Elizabeth was born. Soon their family size grew when Joseph Michael was born in 1955. Next they had Deborah Jeanne in 1959. Lastly Patricia Ann was born 1962.

In 1965 he was able to move his family closer to his southern Illinois home and lived in Tamaroa, IL for a year and in 1966 moved to the farm in Mulkeytown that became his forever home, less than a mile from his parent’s farm. It was during this time that along with farming his small farm and share cropping a couple of other farms that he found his passion as an insurance salesman and did quite well at that profession. He and Elizabeth were able to travel to several Caribbean Islands and also enjoyed the Hawaiian Islands.

He is survived by four children Toni Hassler, Mike (Cindy) Flatt, Debbie Cavinder and Pat (Dean) Hammonds; twelve grandchildren Stephanie Schwettman (Jason Rund), Heath (Jillian) Ramsey, Laci Smith, Destini Hassler (Elijah Caraway), Travis (Libby) Flatt, Leslie (Travis) Noto, Jessy Flatt, Kristopher (Andrea) Mariano, Nikki (Dale) Myers, Austin (Megan) Hammonds, Aaron (Lindsey) Hammonds and Michelle Hammonds; great grandchildren Braden Schwettman, Paisley Ramsey, Brooklynn Ramsey, Meredith Caraway, Halle Flatt, Leah Flatt, Cole Freeman, Chase Freeman, Payton Flatt, Kamryn Flatt, Ian Mariano, Kassandra Mariano, Michael Mariano, Valentine Myers, Danielle Myers, Annabelle Hooker and Anakin Hammonds and two sisters Brenda Flatt and Laneda Perry.

He was preceded in death by his parents Bill & Dorothy Flatt, his wife Elizabeth, one brother Donald Lee Flatt, sister and brother-in-law Janice & Richard Valier and one brother-in-law Charlie Perry.

Graveside services will be on Wednesday May 15, 2024 at 11:00 AM at the Mulkeytown Cemetery with Dean Hammonds officiating. Burial will be at Mulkeytown Cemetery.

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Evelyn Joyce Swisher-Coello, IL

Evelyn Joyce Swisher, 81, of Coello, passed away on May 8, 2024 at her home.

She was born on September 2, 1942 in West Frankfort, IL to Elbert Logan and Helen Mae (Bacon) Pinkham. She married Robert Eugene Swisher on June 19, 1965 and he preceded her in death on May 24, 2015.

She is survived by daughter Carrie (Dennis) Estes of Christopher; daughter-in-law Karen Swisher of Queensbury, NY; grandchildren Adam (Amber) Estes, Joshua Estes, Edward Swisher, Kendra Swisher, Jason Estes and Brandi Estes; great grandchildren Kayden Estes, Justin Wilson, Kyah Swisher, Paige Adams and Brooke Adams; two sisters Wilma (Larry) Hammel of DuQuoin and Jane (Lou) Pivarski of Christopher; one brother Marion (Karen) Pinkham of Galesburg, IL and one sister-in-law Heather Pinkham of Mulkeytown.

She was preceded in death by her parents, husband, one son LeRoy Swisher and two brothers Allen Pinkham and Carl Pinkham and one sister-in-law Delores Pinkham.

Funeral services will be held on Saturday May 11, 2024 at 1:00 PM at the Gilbert Funeral Home in Christopher with Pastor Wayne Purdy officiating. Visitation will be on Saturday from 11:00 AM until the time of the service at 1:00 PM. Burial will be at Harrison Cemetery in Buckner, IL.

In lieu of flowers donations can be made to the West Franklin Historical District and will be accepted at the funeral home.

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