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Nancy Lee Barnes Blair

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Written by Administrator Wednesday, 06 March 2013 15:52

Nancy Lee Barnes Blair, 73 or Arlington, VA. and formerly of St. Elmo passed away peacefully at home on January 9, 2013 losing her battle with pancreatic cancer.  
A memorial service was held in Arlington, VA on February 9, 2013.
Nancy retired after 30 years as the Director of the U.S. Geological Survey Libraries.  She was an active member and volunteer at the Smithsonian.  She enjoyed her quilting club and making a Raggedy Ann quilt for her granddaughter, Maggie.  She was active with the Kennedy Center, enjoying many dinners and events.
Nancy was born on August 17, 1939 in Terre Haute, Indiana the daughter of the late Wayne K. and Marion Barnes.
Surviving are son, Ross (wife, Melissa) of Arden N.C.; daughter, Kinzi Blair of San Jose, CA.; granddaughter, Margaret Blair of Arden, N.C.; sister in law, Faye Barnes of St. Elmo; several nieces and nephews.
Nancy was preceded in death by her parents the late Wayne K. and Marion Barnes; brother, Robert W. Barnes; sister, Elizabeth (Betsy) Barnes Evans all of St. Elmo.


 

M. Jo Swinehart

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Written by Administrator Monday, 04 March 2013 17:21

 M. Jo Swinehart, 65 of St. Elmo, passed away March 1, 2013  at St. Anthony’s Memorial Hospital after a long illness.
Jo was born on Saturday, June 14, 1947 in Perrysville, PA., to the late Robert Culbertson and Helen (Hieber) Garvin of Wooster, Ohio.
Jo married Jim Swinehart November 7, 1964 in Wooster Ohio. They had three children, Kelly (Randy) Orr; Marni Swinehart; both of rural St. Elmo and Nicholas Swinehart of rural Brownstown.  Jo received her Bachelor Degree in Sociology with a minor in psychology from Southwestern Oklahoma State University, Weatherford, Oklahoma in 1989. She was listed in the Who’s Who among college students as a result of her high GPA.
Jo worked for Hospice of Lincolnland, Lakeland Nursing and Rehabilitation Center, and most recently as a case worker for Senior Services of Fayette County. She enjoyed bass fishing, auctions, garage sales, re-sale shops, craft shows and spending time with her family. She adored her grandbabies and watched after them every chance she got.  She was a devoted and loving wife, mother, grandmother, great grandmother, sister and friend.
There was a visitation for Jo on Thursday, March 7, from 5-7 p.m. at Gieseking Funeral Home in Altamont with a memorial service following the visitation. Memorials may be made to E.A.R.S., Hospice, or the donor’s choice.  
Jo is survived by her husband Jim, her three children, her granddaughters, Nicole Flowers of St. Elmo and Kolbi Swinehart of Brownstown, her great grandson Bryson Arnold of St. Elmo, brother Bob (Becky) Culbertson of Skaneateles, NY, sister Pat (Hugh) Rooney of Richmond, VA., step father, Edgar Garvin of Wooster, OH., and her special feline friend, Maggie. She was preceded in death by her parents.
Online condolences may be expressed at www.giesekingfh.com.

 

Melvin E. Conner

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Written by Administrator Wednesday, 27 February 2013 08:49

Melvin E. Conner, 96, of Mason died at 11:40 p.m., Saturday, February 23, 2013 at St. Anthony’s Memorial Hospital, Effingham.
Funeral Services were held at 11 a.m., Wednesday, February 27, 2013 at Gieseking Funeral Home, Altamont with Rev. Paul Olson officiating. Burial followed at Union Cemetery, Altamont. Visitation was held from 4 to 7 p.m., Tuesday, February 26, 2013 at Gieseking Funeral Home and for one hour prior to service time.
Memorials may be made to the donor’s choice.  Online condolences may be expressed at www.giesekingfh.com.
Melvin was born on Tuesday, December 19, 1916 in rural Altamont, Mound Township to Daniel and Lora (Yates) Conner. He was a WWII Army Veteran. He married Phyllis Smith on May 3, 1941 at the Methodist Parsonage, Altamont. He was retired from Stateville Correctional Center, Joliet. He was affiliated with the United Methodist Church and a member of the Effingham County Farm Bureau.
He is survived by his wife, Phyllis of Mason, son, Colin Conner (Margie) of Knoxville, TN, daughters; Gweneth Boyer of Port Aransas, TX, Evelyn Olson (Rev. Paul) of Carol Stream, and Yvonne Flanigan of Mason, brother, Wayne Conner (Joan) of St. Elmo, sister, Marilyn Lilley of Hobart, IN, eight grandchildren, nine great grandchildren and family friend, Bob.
He was preceded in death by his parents, daughter, Rita Cargle, one brother, three sisters and three sons-in-law.

   

Terry K. Elder

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Written by Administrator Wednesday, 27 February 2013 08:48

Terry K. Elder, 61, of St. Elmo, passed away 2:30 p.m. Sunday, February 24, 2013 at Christian Northeast Hospital, St. Louis.
Funeral service, officiated by Pastor Jim Dann, was held 10 a.m. Friday, March 1, 2013 at Liberty Christian Church, Brownstown burial followed in Liberty Cemetery, Brownstown. Visitation was 5-7 p.m. Thursday and one hour prior to service Friday all at the church. Memorials are requested to the family. C & A Pagel Funeral Home, St. Elmo is handling arrangements.
Terry was born on December 21, 1951 in Dixon, the daughter of Dillard and Helen (McKay) Oiler. She married Robert J. Elder on October 10, 1968, in Kahoka, MO and he preceded her on November 29, 2008.
She had worked as a baker and enjoyed bingo, sewing, baking, and arts and crafts.
Surviving are her daughters; Krista (fiancé, Steve Austin) of St. Elmo and Ginger (husband, Les) Foster of Bryan, TX, son; Robert W. (wife, Vicki) Elder of St. Elmo, grandchildren; Zakk Elder, Jozsef Morrison, Kloe Foster, and Helen Elder, mother in law; Ethel Elder of Lawrenceville, and brother; Jerry Oiler.
She was preceded in death by her parents and brother; Donnie Oiler.
 

Georgia Annabelle Shelton

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Written by Administrator Monday, 25 February 2013 15:51

Georgia Annabelle Shelton was born on August 15, 1924. In Effingham County, Altamont.  She was the daughter of George Walter and Grace (Bailey) Dowds.  She married Everette Brown Shelton on April 17, 1946.  After her marriage to Everette they lived on the family farm in St. Elmo.
Annabelle passed away on February 18, 2013 at 11.25 a.m. at Friendship Manor in St. Elmo, IL. Services were held at C & A Pagel Funeral Home in St. Elmo.  Burial was in Maplewood Cemetery.  Rev. Kent (Pee Wee) Denton officiated.  Visitation was held at the C & A Pagel Funeral Home from 5 to 8 p.m. Thursday, February 21, 2013. Funeral services were Friday at 10 a.m. with visitation one hour prior.
Annabelle was raised in Altamont and attended Salem Methodist Church, where she enjoyed playing the piano for church services.  Annabelle worked in St. Louis at Curtiss-Wright airplane factory during World War II. In the 40’s, she worked for the Pennsylvania Railroad as a crossing guard.  Annabelle worked as a homemaker doing gardening, canning, and caring for their home and children.  In her spare time, she enjoyed embroidery work.  She later worked at the Carriage Inn in Altamont until her retirement.  
Annabelle was a member of the Salem Methodist Church and the First United Methodist Church in St. Elmo.
She is survived by four children, Gene (wife Sharon) Shelton of St. Elmo, Rita (Husband Claude) Fisher of Velma, OK, Barbara (Husband Philip) Luze of Brookings, SD, and Paul (Wife Barbara) Shelton of St. Elmo, 11 grandchildren and 15 great grandchildren, Sister Alice Durbin of Altamont and twin sister Avanelle Hooks Of Altamont.
She was preceded in death by her husband Everette, parents Grace and George Dowds and brothers Henry and Wayne Dowds.

   

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