Obituaries

Estella Lorrain (Peters) Skees
posted on: 2015-04-10

Estella Lorraine Skees (Peters) was born on July 2, 1918 in Little York, Illinois and left us to be with the Lord May 23, 2010 in Colville, Washington. She worked as a caregiver in Pomona, California and Monmouth, Illinois. She was avid sewer and loved crocheting. Estella lived her later years in the State of Washington with her son, Lou Peters and his wife. She is survived by two sons; Gene Peters of Illinois and Lou Peters of Washington, two daughters; Patricia Bowesox and Michelle Peters, both of Florida, one sister; Roberta (Thurman) Tapscott of Illinois, seven grandchildren, and many great-grandchildren. She was preceded in death by two husbands; Myron Sunday Peters and her love, Merlin R. Skees and her youngest son; Gary Peters.

Services: A graveside committal of ashes with be held at 2:00 pm on Monday, April 20, 2015 at Monmouth Cemetery.

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June M. Elliott
posted on: 2015-04-15

June Marie Elliott, age 62, of Monmouth, Illinois, passed away at 2:03 am on Wednesday, April 15, 2015 at her residence. She was born on July 8, 1952 in Burlington, Iowa, the daughter of Gordon Dwight and Lois June (Eaton) Nichols. June was reared and educated in Alexis, Illinois. On September 21, 1991, she married James Douglas Elliott and he preceded her in death on February 27, 2006. June was employed locally as the deli manager of Triple "E" Convenience Store for 6 years and as a manager of Dollar General for a number of years. She was an avid St. Louis Cardinals Fan and loved "scratch off" lottery tickets. June enjoyed all animals especially her cat "Boo". She very much enjoyed spending time with her family and friends. June is survived by her daughter; Rachael Elliott of East Peoria, IL., five sisters; Mary Green, Martha Bradg, Donna Hullgren, Karen Sparrow, and Alena Wilson, four brothers; Dale Nichols, John Nichols, Bill Nichols, and Harry Nichols. She was preceded in death by her parents and husband Jim.

Services: A memorial service will be held at 10:30 am on Tuesday, April, 21, 2015 at Turnbull Funeral Home in Monmouth, IL. Her family will receive friends beginning at 9:30 prior to the service. A memorial fund is being established for her family.

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Lilly A. Ross
posted on: 2015-04-16

Lilly A. Ross, age 67, of Monmouth, Illinois, passed away at 8:32 pm on Wednesday, April 15, 2015 at her residence. She was born on December 29, 1947 in Monmouth, Illinois the daughter of Bessie LaVern Starky. She was reared and educated in Monmouth, attending Harding, Central Jr. High School, and Monmouth High School, graduating in the Class of 1966. Lilly also attended Carl Sandburg College in Galesburg with a major in physiology. On March 25, 1970, Lilly married Earl R. Ross in Monmouth and he preceded her in death on June 13, 1996. She worked at School District #205 in the custodial department. Lilly was known for her volunteer efforts on the O.T.T.O Board at Oak Terrace Apartments. She loved camping, boating, fishing, baking, cooking and decorating cakes. Lilly also loved crocheting. She was a member of the Fraternal Order of Eagles in Monmouth. She loved children and being with little people. Lilly had a very giving and caring heart for those she was with. She was also an avid fan of Elvis Presley. Lilly is survived by two sons; Earl R. (Erica) Ross, Jr. of Maquon, Illinois and "Willie" (Sara Graves) Ross of Rock Island, IL., three sisters; Barbara Farrington, Freda (Ron) Deford, and Kim (Bill) Nichols all of Monmouth, IL. She is also survived by numerous grandchildren and four great-grandchildren. She is preceded in death by her parents, husband Earl, one son and one daughter.


Services: A funeral service is planned for 10:30 am on Monday, April 20, 2015 at Turnbull Funeral Home in Monmouth. Her family will receive friends from 9:30-10:30 prior to the service. Interment will follow at Warren County Memorial Park Cemetery. A memorial fund is being established for the Shriner's Crippled Children's Hospital in Chicago, Illinois.

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Mary B. McCool
posted on: 2015-04-18
Mary B. McCool, age 88, of Galesburg, Illinois passed away at 4:00 pm on April 17, 2015 at the Rosewood Care Center in Galesburg, Illinois. Mary was born on May 27, 1926 in Monmouth, Illinois and is the daughter of Neal and Christine Anderson Stevens. She was raised and educated in Monmouth where she attended local schools and Monmouth High School. She married Howard M. McCool on July 25, 1944 in Vancouver, Washington. He preceded her in death on February 8, 1990. Mary and Howard were active in and operated the Galesburg Rescue Mission in Galesburg, IL for many years. She is a member of the Open Bible Church in Galesburg, Illinois where she lead the Senior Citizens Group. She loved gardening, canning, crocheting, and was most of all was a mother to her family. She is survived by four daughters, Judy Stinson of Galesburg, IL; Diane Layton (Richard) of Gerlaw, IL; Christy Rosenthal (Paul) of Monmouth, IL; and Valerie Conkling (Ted) of Kempton, IL. There are thirteen grandchildren and fifteen great grandchildren surviving. She is preceded in her death by her parents, husband, son in law, Phillip and seven brothers and sisters.


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