Shirley Jane Beers, Shirley A. Benson, Stacy Lee Dodson, Sharon A. Elliott, Bruce Daniel McGregor, Betty Ann Thuis

Shirley Jane Beers

Shirley Jane Beers, 74 of Lawrenceville, Illinois, died on Friday, June 26, 2020.

She was a licensed practical nurse.

Survivors include a daughter, Lisa Newell; a son, Greg Swann; three sisters, Freeda Hughes, Sally Legg, and Donna Smith and two brothers, Ed Gosnell and Bob Gosnell.

Private services will be held at the Cunningham Funeral Home in Bridgeport, Illinois, with burial in Cresthaven Memorial Park Cemetery.

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Shirley A. Benson

Shirley A. Benson, 85, of rural Lawrenceville, Illinois, passed away on Friday, June 26, 2020.

She was born to Edgar and Blanche (Williams) Cooper on May 29, 1935. On Sept. 5, 1954, she married Larry W. Benson. Shirley was a farm wife and a member of the Central Christian Church in Lawrenceville. She enjoyed listening to country music. Shirley will be remembered as a wonderful, kind, and compassionate mom, grandma, and great-grandma. She had such a kind spirit and was so easy to talk to. Family members will miss the times Shirley would listen and offer a solution. Her kind soul was an asset that will truly be missed.

Shirley is survived by her children, Sheila K. Foreman, Raeshelle Painter and her husband, Lawrence, Larry Benson II, Doug Benson and his wife, Julie, and Tom Benson and his wife, Chrissy; eight grandchildren; and eight great-grandchildren.

Shirley was preceded in death by her parents; her husband, Larry; her daughter, Vickie Fuller; her son-in-law, Jay Foreman; and her great-grandson, Anthony Chisolm.

Funeral services will be 11 a.m. CDT today at the Emmons-Macey & Steffey Funeral Home and be available for viewing on the Emmons-Macey & Steffey Funeral Home Burial & Cremation Services’ Facebook page, which may be found with the following link: Burial will be in the Memorial Park Cemetery. Visitation will be 10 a.m. CDT until the hour of services today at the funeral home. Memorial Contributions may be made to St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital.

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Stacy Lee Dodson

Stacy Lee Dodson, 42, of Vincennes, died at 1:11 p.m. on Friday, June 26, 2020.

Stacy was as a customer representative and a member of Ridgecrest Baptist Church.

Survivors include her mother, Deborah Lee (Fisher) Dodson; her sister, Michelle Lee Smith; and her paternal grandmother, Margaret Dodson.

Graveside services will be 2 p.m. today at Memorial Park Cemetery with Ron Fellows officiating.  Goodwin-Sievers Funeral Home is honored to serve the family of Stacy Lee Dodson.

Sharon A. Elliott

Sharon A. Elliott, 82, of Hazleton, passed away at 8:48 a.m. on Friday, June 26, 2020 at her residence.

Sharon A. Elliott

Sharon A. Elliott

She was born on April 13, 1938 in Terre Haute to Richard and Bridget (Everett) VanPatten. Sharon owned the White River Inn in Hazleton for several years and was a member of the American Legion, V.F.W., and 40 et 8 auxiliaries.  She was a devoted mother and grandmother and loved spending time with her family.

Surviving are her children, Carla Alldredge-Ice and her husband, Chad, of Decker, Sherri Elkins and her husband, Larry, of Rogersville, Missouri, and Bradley Elliott and his wife, Nancy, of Gulf Breeze, Florida; her brothers, Dennis VanPatten and his wife, Vicki, of Decker, Edward VanPatten and his wife, Ruth, of Roseville, California, and Jerry VanPatten and his wife, Geraldine, of Fort Branch; her grandchildren, Greg Elliott and his wife, Julia, Dustin Rogers and his wife, Misty, A.J. Alldredge, Tristan Hatton and her husband, Daniel, Leah Shaw, Brandon Elkins, and Christopher Elkins; along with several great-grandchildren.

Preceding her in death were her parents; her husband, Carl Elliott, who she married on March 5, 1957 and who preceded her on March 13, 2004; several brothers and sisters; along with two grandchildren, Jarod and Jordan Elkins.

Graveside services will be 11 a.m. CDT on Wednesday at Hazleton Community Cemetery with Rev. Frank Harmon officiating. Visitation will be from 5-9 p.m. EDT today at Goodwin-Sievers Funeral Home, 524 Broadway St.

Bruce Daniel McGregor

Bruce Daniel McGregor, 45, of Vincennes, died on Saturday, June 27, 2020.

He worked in maintenance at Vincennes University and formerly attended Bethlehem Baptist Church.

Survivors include his wife, Lisa Vanoven McGregor; his father, Clyde McGregor; and a brother, Russell V. McGregor.

Funeral services will be 2 p.m. on Wednesday at Fredrick and Son McClure-Utt Funeral Homes, Vincennes Chapel, 313 Church St. Burial will be in Memorial Park Cemetery. Visitation will be 10 a.m. until the hour of services in Wednesday at the funeral home. Memorial contributions may be made to the American Diabetes Association, Suite 900, 2451 Crystal Drive, Arlington, VA 22202.

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Betty Ann Thuis

Betty Ann Thuis, 91, a lifelong resident of Bicknell, passed away at her residence with her family at her bedside.

Betty Ann Thuis

Betty Ann Thuis

Betty was born on Oct. 1, 1928 in Bicknell, the daughter of Leo and Jennie Hester Strain O’Dell. She was a graduate of Bicknell High School and on Nov. 2, 1946 she married Robert E. Thuis and they made their life together for nearly 41 years until his death on Aug. 30, 1987. Betty retired after over 20 years with Stemming Jewelers in Bicknell and formerly worked at Crane. She was an active member of the North Knox Social Ministries, Delta Theta Tau, a former Brownie leader, and lifelong member of the Bicknell First Baptist Church. She formerly served for over 30 years as secretary/sexton of the Edwardsport IOOF Cemetery and was voted Bicknell’s Woman of the Year. She was always looking forward to any activity her children, grandchildren and any child she may have known was involved in. Her home had an open door policy for any child in need. She had many nieces that she took care of and tried to help raise.

She is survived by her children, Robert L. Thuis, and his wife, Melody, of Linton, Sandra L. Yenne and her husband, Bill, of Bicknell, and Judy A. Badger and her husband, Scott, of Vincennes; her grandchildren, Stacy Thuis, Brock Thuis, Damon Yenne, Heather Pahmeier, Michael Stangle and Julie Toothman; and her great-grandchildren, Taylor Thuis, Aliyah Thuis, Taryn Thuis, Hailey Pahmeier, Levi Pahmeier, Braxton Yenne, Caroline Yenne, Leo Stangle, Annlee Stangle, Vaida Toothman and Anders Toothman.

Betty was preceded in death by her husband, Robert E. Thuis; her parents; three brothers; and three sisters.

Funeral services will be celebrated beginning at 1 p.m. today at the Duesterberg-Fredrick Wampler Shaw Chapel in Bicknell with Pastor John Moreland officiating. She will be laid to rest next to her husband in the Edwardsport IOOF Cemetery. The family will receive friends from noon until the hour of services today at the funeral home. Memorial contributions can be made to the Knox County Humane Society or the North Knox Social Ministries. Duesterberg-Fredrick Wampler Shaw Chapel is honored to assist the Thuis family during their time of loss.

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Shirley A. Benson, 85, of Lawrenceville, Illinois, passed away on Friday, June 26, 2020 at BridgePointe Health Campus. Arrangements are pending at the Emmons-Macey & Steffey Funeral Home in Lawrenceville.


Bootman, Michael A., died June 25. Services: 1 p.m. CDT on Friday at the Emmons-Macey & Steffey Funeral Home in Lawrenceville, Illinois, and available for viewing on the funeral home’s Facebook page. Burial: May Chapel Cemetery. Visitation: 11 a.m. CDT until the hour of services on Friday at the funeral home. Memorials: Lawrence County Cancer Resource Center and Wig Shoppe. Condolences:


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