Lillian Murray Bale, Irene (Shake) Clark, Laura S. (Myers) Lett, Athena D. Moore

Lillian Murray Bale

Lillian Murray Bale, 103, of Lawrenceville, Illinois, passed away Sunday, Feb. 2, 2020 at her residence.

She was born on Sept. 30, 1916 in Butts, Missouri, the daughter of Andrew Gratz and Mamie (Clonts) Murray. She was married to Leo Miller and he preceded her in death on Dec. 27, 1968. She then married James C. Bale and he preceded her in death on Dec. 1, 1992. Lillian was a homemaker, a secretary in St. Louis, a teacher, and worked at Brown Shoe Factory. Her memberships included the Free Methodist Church in Lawrenceville and the VFW. She enjoyed playing board games and cards, ceramics, and was a dog lover.

Survivors include one niece, Susan McCarthy of Florida; one nephew, William D. “Dick” Murray and his wife, Barbara, of Casey, Illinois; and three great-nephews, Eric Gay and Tracy Gay, both of Vincennes, and Damon Gay of New Iberia, Louisiana.

Preceding her in death were her parents; her husband, Leo; her husband, James; two brothers, Joel Murray and William A. Murray; four sisters, Daphna I. Hopkins, Nellie V. Lewis, Emily Josephine Tourville, and Mamie Murray; and one niece, Winifred Gay.

Graveside services will be 1 p.m. CST on Saturday at the IOOF Memorial Cemetery in Sullivan, Missouri. There will be no visitation. Memorial contribution may be made to the Lawrence County (Ill.) Humane Society or Good Samaritan Hospice. Emmons-Macey & Steffey Funeral Home is in charge of the arrangements.

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Irene (Shake) Clark

Irene (Shake) Clark, 94, of Monroe City, passed away peacefully on Sunday, Feb. 2, 2020, at her home with her daughter, Suzi, by her side. 

Irene Clark

Irene Clark

Irene and her twin sister, Maxine, were born on Sept. 21, 1925 to Bert and Myrtle (Coffman) Shake. She was a 1943 graduate of Monroe City High School and worked as a telephone operator before she married Marvin B. Clark on Sept. 1, 1953. Marvin and Irene raised their two children Michael W. Clark and Suzi (Clark) Sievers in their Monroe City home. Irene loved to tell stories, sing, bowl, sew, play cards, play the organ and tend her flower gardens. But mostly Irene loved to talk about Jesus. She taught Sunday school, Boy Scouts and helped three generations on 4-H projects. She cherished spending time with family and her family has been blessed by all the memories and time God gave them to share with Irene.

Irene is survived by her daughter, Suzanne Sievers and her husband, Paul, her grandchildren, Andy Clark, Carla Clark, Jake Murry and his wife, Brandy, Miriam Briggeman and her husband, Jordan, Alicia Alumbaugh and her husband, Harold, and Aaron Clark and his wife, Amanda; and her great-grandchildren, Victoria, China, Gavin, Jealee, Elliah, Isaac, Eli, Anna, Lori, Bryce, Makylee, Amiyah, Kinley and Kenley.

Irene was preceded in death by her husband, Marvin Clark; her son, Michael W. Clark; her great-grandson, Noah Briggeman; her parents, Bert and Myrtle Shake; sisters Maxine McKinley and Heloise Pepmeier; and her infant brother, Bert W. Shake.

Funeral services will be 2 p.m. on Thursday at Goodwin-Sievers Funeral Home, 524 Broadway St., with Rev. Steve Birch officiating. Burial will be in the Walnut Grove Cemetery. Visitation will be11 a.m. until the hour of services on Thursday at the funeral home. Memorial contributions may be directed to the Blue Jeans Center or the Monroe City Church of God.

Laura S. (Myers) Lett

Laura S. (Myers) Lett, 57, of Bicknell, passed away on the afternoon of Friday, Jan. 31, 2020, at the Good Samaritan Hospital.

Laura was born on Sept. 2, 1962, in Greenwood, the daughter of John R. and Doris L. Sedam Myers. She was a graduate of North Knox High School and she formerly owned and operated Dodie’s Pantry and currently was a cook at Paul’s Tavern. She was a loving companion, sister and step-mom.

Laura is survived by her companion of 19 years, Clayton “CJ” Jones of Bicknell; her step-sons, Tipton Lett and Dakota Jones; her brothers and sisters, John Myers and his wife, Christine, of Bicknell, Deniese Lay and her husband, Otto, of Vincennes, Leo Myers and his wife, Deborah, of Bicknell, and Deardre Wampler and her husband, Greg, of Bicknell.

She was preceded in death by her parents, John R. and Doris L. Myers.

A gathering to celebrate her life will be from 5-8 p.m. on Thursday at the Duesterberg-Fredrick Wampler Shaw Chapel, with a celebration of her life will begin at 8 p.m. The family requests memorial contributions be made to the donor’s charity of choice. The Duesterberg-Fredrick Wampler Shaw Chapel is honored to assist the Jones and Myers family during their time of loss.

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Athena D. Moore

Athena D. Moore, 38, of Vincennes, passed away at 9:25 a.m. on Friday, Jan. 31, 2020. at her residence.

Athena Moore

Athena Moore

She was born July 8, 1981 in Killeen, Texas, to Arthur and Charlotte (Rouse) Jacobo. Athena had worked at Fifth Third Bank and enjoyed traveling.

Surviving are her husband, LeVarr Moore, who she married on Oct. 22, 2016; her parents, Arthur and Charlotte (Rouse) Jacobo of Vincennes; her daughters, Isis Wilson and her husband, Matthew, of Syracuse, New York, and Mena Moore of Vincennes; her son, LeVarr Hathaway; a brother, Harrison Jacobo of Indianapolis; and her sisters, Christine Jacobo and Ari Jacobo, both of Vincennes.

A celebration of Athena’s life will be 2 p.m. on Friday at Goodwin Funeral Home, 524 Broadway St.. Visitation will be noon until the hour of services on Friday at the funeral home. Goodwin Funeral Home is honored to serve the family of Athena D. Moore.


Brenda Bolding, 59, of Vincennes, passed away on Saturday, Feb. 1, 2020, at Prairie Village Nursing Home in Washington. Arrangements are pending at Goodwin Funeral Home. 


Born, Myrna Gray, died Jan. 20. Services: 9:30 a.m. on Saturday at United Methodist Church in Mount Clemens, Michigan. Burial: Clinton Grove Cemetery. Memorials: Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation or the Alzheimer’s Association.


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