Whitley County Obituaries

Beam, Calvin
Contributed by Beverly Henley
Columbia City Post – Whitley County, Indiana
Tuesday March 20, 1945 Page 6

     Calvin Beam, age 64, 1009 W Berry St., Fort Wayne, who was appointed as superintendent of roads for the Fort Wayne District of the Indiana State Highway Commission by Gov Ralph E Gates, died Monday morning while driving to work soon after having been notified of his appointment. Mr. Beam was driving in the 200 block of West Main Street when a taxicab driver noticed him slumped over the wheel of his moving automobile and halted the car by driving in front of it. Mr. Beam was taken to St. Joseph hospital where Dr. Edgar N. Mendenhall, Allen county coroner, pronounced him dead. He had been a resident of Fort Wayne for 40 years. In 1938 he joined the Allen County Road Department as assistant to County Roads Superintendent Charles Shearer for two years. He served two years as County Road Supervisor. Charles Rauner, whom Mr. Beam was to have succeeded and who announced his resignation early Monday, said he would continue with his duties until another is named.


Beard, Alice Juanita (King)
The Post & Mail - Columbia City, Indiana
Tuesday March 19, 1996

     A. Juanita Beard, 86, a resident of South Whitley, died at 1:19 a.m. Monday, March 18, 1996, at Whitley Memorial Hospital. She was born October 24, 1909, near Larwill, a daughter of Carl B. and Nellie Robinette King. Her formative years were spent on a farm near Larwill. She graduated from the Larwill High School and the International Business College in Fort Wayne.
     On October 22, 1931, she was united in marriage to M. Eugene Beard and they spent their married life in South Whitley. Mr. Beard died December 2, 1984. Mrs. Beard retired from The Post & Mail with several years of service. She was a member of the South Whitley United Methodist Church; the Friendly Circle Sunday school class; and for more than 50 years a member of the Epsilon Sigma Omicron. Mrs. Beard was a charter member of the Literary Club, Past Matrons Club of the Eel River O.E.S. and the National Society Daughters of the American Revolution.
     Surviving relatives include a son, James E. Beard, Tri Lakes; a brother, Ralph King, Larwill; seven grandchildren; and eight great-grandchildren. A daughter, Carolyn A. Grant, died in February, 1993.
     Visitation is from 5 to 8 p.m. Wednesday at Smith & Sons Miller Chapel, South Whitley. The funeral service is at 10 a.m. Thursday at the funeral home with Dr. August Lundquist, pastor of the South Whitley United Methodist Church, officiating. Burial will be in the South Whitley Cemetery. For those who wish, memorials may be made to the South Whitley United Methodist Church.


Beard, Alice Lavora (Goodrich)
Columbia City Post - Whitley County, Indiana
Tuesday October 6, 1970

     Mrs. Amon L. Beard of Larwill died at 4:45 a.m. today at the Farris Nursing home where she had been a patient since Sept. 19. She had been in failing health for the past year and bedfast for the last month due to a heart ailment and associated complications.
     She was a native of Richland township and was born on Oct. 8, 1877, a daughter of Fletcher and Mary McKown Goodrich. Her formative years were spent in the Lorane community where she was educated in the Lorane school.
     In 1898 she was united in marriage to Amon E. Beard. They established their first home on a farm on the Loon Lake Road in Thorncreek township. In 1908 they purchased the Beard homestead on the west shore of Wilson Lake where they resided until Mr. Beard's retirement from active farming in 1941, at which time they moved to Larwill. Mr. Beard preceded her in death on March 6, 1960. Mrs. Beard was a member of the Larwill United Methodist Church; the WSCS of the church; Builder's Class of the Sunday School; Richland Township Home Demonstration Club.
     The surviving relatives include five sons, Dalton Beard of R. 3, Kenneth Beard, at home in Larwill, Alva Beard, Columbia City, Arlo Beard and Furlo Beard, both of R. 1 Huntington; two daughters, Mrs. Arnold (Berneda) Crowell, Columbia City, Mrs. William E. (Mary) Hamlett of Orlando, Florida; 15 grandchildren; 19 great-grandchildren; one great great granddaughter; two brothers, Chance Goodrich of Loyalton, Calif. and Floyd Goodrich, Chico, Calif; one sister, Mrs. Birdie Schuman, R 6. An infant daughter, one brother, Frank, and two sisters, Ottie and Erma, preceded her in death.
     The body is at the Smith and Sons Funeral Home where friends may call after 7 p.m. today, until 11:00 a.m. Thursday, when the body will be taken to the Larwill United Methodist Church to lie in state until the hour of the service. The Rev. Joe F. Bear, pastor, and the Rev. Lamoin Hand, now of Goblesville, will officiate at the funeral service at 2:oo p.m. Thursday. Committal services and burial will follow the church rites in the Lakeview cemetery at Larwill.


Beard, Alva C.
Columbia City Post - Whitley County, Indiana
Friday February 12, 1982

     Alva C. Beard, 78, 707 South Shore Court, retired rural mail carrier, died at 2:45 a.m. Friday at Whitley County Hospital where he was admitted on Thursday. He had been in failing health for three years following a stroke and was hospitalized on numerous occasions throughout his illness.
     Mr. Beard was a native of Whitley County and was born on a farm on the Loon Lake Road on June 20, 1903, a son of Amon and Alice Goodrich Beard. When a small boy, his parents moved to the Wilson Lake community where he spent his formative years. He was educated in the Schuh School and the Larwill High School.
     As a young many, he was employed by the Hayden and Trachnel Hardware Store in Larwill. In 1934 he was appointed Post Master at Larwill a position he held until 1943 when he moved to Columbia City where he served as a rural route carrier. He retired in 1967 after completing 33 years of postal service. At the time of his retirement he was the carrier for Rural Route 1.
     Mr. Beard was a member of the Columbia City Eagles Lodge. His church affiliation was with the Columbia City United Methodist Church.
     On September 29, 1928, he was united in marriage to Edith J. Hively. While in Columbia City they made their home at 351 North Main Street until moving to their present home in August of 1961.
     The surviving relatives, in addition to his wife, Edith; include two sons, Phil Beard, R 7; Tom Beard, Cumberland, Wisconsin; nine grandchildren; three great grandchildren; two brothers, Furlo Beard and Arlo Beard, both of R 1 Huntington; two sisters, Mrs. Arnold (Berneda) Crowell, Columbia City and Mrs. Gene (Mary) Hamlett, Orlando, Florida. A son, Don, and two brothers, Kenneth and Dalton are deceased.
     The funeral will be at 10:30 a.m. Monday at the Smith and Sons Funeral Home with the Rev. James B. Willyard, pastor of the Columbia City United Methodist Church, officiating. Calling will be Sunday aft 2 p.m. at the funeral home. Burial will be in South Park Cemetery. Preferred memorials may be made to Whitley County Cancer or Whitley County Heart Fund.


Beard, Amon E.
Columbia City Post - Whitley County, Indiana
Monday March 7, 1960

     Amon E. Beard, 87, retired Richland township farmer, died at his home in Larwill at 11:30 a.m. Sunday. Although he had been in failing health for the past five years, he had been able to be up and about his home until Saturday. His death was attributed to heart trouble.
     He was a native of Richland township and was born near Wilson Lake on December 11, 1872, a son of John and Mary Noble Beard. On December 25, 1897, he was united in marriage to Alice L. Goodrich. They resided on a farm in Troy township for a period of ten years and then moved to the Beard homestead just east of Wilson Lake. Mr. Beard engaged in muck-crop farming until his retirement from active farming in 1941 at which time they moved to their present home in Larwill. From 1941-1946 he was employed by the Indiana State Highway Department.
     For many years Mr. Beard was a member of the Larwill Methodist Church and served as a trustee during the construction of the present church building. He was a 37-year member of the Farm Bureau; served as a member of the Richland township school advisory board, and for 11 years as a driver of one of the Larwill school buses.
     The surviving relatives include his wife, Alice L. Beard; five sons, Dalton Beard, R 3 Columbia City, now a patient following surgery in the Whitley County Hospital; Kenneth Beard, Larwill; Alva Beard, Columbia City, rural mail carrier; Furlow Beard and Arlo Beard, both of R 1 Huntington; two daughters, Mrs. Arnold Crowell, Columbia City; Mrs. William Eugene Hamlett, Puerto Rico; ten grandchildren; ten great-grandchildren; and one sister, Mrs. Candes Schuman, Richland township. In addition to his parents, he has been preceded in death by two sisters.


Beard, Dalton
Columbia City Post - Whitley County, Indiana
Wednesday September 4, 1974

     Dalton Beard, 75, R3, died soon after arrival Tuesday evening at Whitley County Hospital. Although he had been in failing health for a number of years, this past year his condition gradually became worse due to a heart complication.
     He was born January 23, 1899 in Etna-Troy township, a son of Amon E. and Alice L. Goodrich Beard. His formative years were spent in the Wilson Lake Community where he completed his education in the Larwill school.
     On March 7, 1921, he was united in marriage to Ruth Coyle. Their first home was on the Lee Schuman farm in Richland township. They later resided in Troy township and in March, 1946, they bought their present farm in Thorncreek township where they have since resided.
     He was a member of the Troy Methodist Church, the Whitley County Farm Bureau and for many years assumed an active part in 4-H organization work. He served 15 years as county committeeman in the ASCS program and for some time worked as a carpenter. During the past three years Mr. and Mrs. Beard spent the winter months at Malbourne, Fla.
     The survivors, in addition to his wife, Ruth, include two sons: Argyle, R3, and Marion L. R5, one daughter, Mrs. William (Charlene) Metcalf, Cupertino, Calif.; five grandchildren and two great granddaughters; three brothers, Alva, Columbia City, and Furlo and Arlo, R1 Huntington and two sisters, Mrs. Arnold (Berneda) Crowell, City and Mrs. William (Mary) Hamlett, Orlando, Fla.
     His parents, one brother, Kenneth, an infant sister, one grandson, Eugene, preceded him in death. Funeral services will be held Friday at 2 p.m. at the Smith Funeral Home with the Rev. George W. Brunner officiating. Committal services will follow in the South Park cemetery. Friends may call after 7 p.m. today.


Beard, Don
Columbia City Post, Whitley County, Indiana
November 9, 1981

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     Don Beard, 59, former South Whitley resident and Cleveland Township trustee, died at 11:55 p.m. Saturday at Hines Hospital, Chicago, Illinois. He had been a patient in the Veterans Administration Hospitals both in Fort Wayne and Hines, Illinois since December 1969 when he was severely injured in an auto accident. He was born in Whitley County on May 9, 1922 to Alva and Irma Williamson Beard.
     Surviving relatives include his father, Alva Beard, of Columbia City; one son, Ben Beard of Des Plains, Ill.; three daughters, Cynthia Beard, Palatine, Ill.; Mrs. Vickie Reeg, Fort Wayne; Mrs. Talinda Roberts, Macy, Arizona; one grandchild; two brothers, Phil Beard of Columbia City and Tom Beard of Cumberland, Wisconsin.
     He graduated from Larwill High School in 1941 and attended the Rupert School of Auctioneering at Decatur in 1948. He was associated with the Geyer Ford Sales at South Whitley as a salesman and as clerk-auctioneer at Producers Marketing, Briggs Station.
     A World War II Veteran, his memberships included South Whitley United Methodist Church; Masonic Lodge, Scottish Rite, Mizpah Shrine of Fort Wayne and American Legion, VFW and Lions Club of South Whitley.
     Calling will be at Miller Funeral Home, South Whitley, after noon Wednesday. Services will be at 2 p.m. Thursday in the funeral home. Burial will be in South Whitley Cemetery.


Beard, Kenneth Goodrich
Columbia City Post - Whitley County, Indiana
Monday February 14, 1972

     Kenneth G. Beard, 71, of Larwill, a retired International Harvester Company employee, died at 10:45 p.m. Saturday at his Larwill residence. Although he had been in failing health since last fall he had been able to be up each day and was able to drive his car until he became suddenly ill Saturday night.
     He was a native of Etna-Troy township, and was born on September 24, 1900, a son of the late Amon E. and Alice L. Goodrich Beard.
     His formative years were spent in the Wilson Lake and Larwill areas. At the age of 19, he went to California to work with his uncles Chance and Floyd Goodrich, in the creamery business.
     In 1933 he returned to Columbia City and was first employed at the Blue Bell Inc. In 1941, he transferred to the International Harvester Company in Fort Wayne, where he served as an inspector. He retired in June 1965 and has since made his home at Larwill.
     Mr. Beard was a member of the Columbia City Elk's Lodge 1417 BPOE and Local 57 United Auto Workers Union.
     The surviving relatives include four brothers, Dalton Beard, now at Melbourne, Fla.; Alva Beard, City; Arlo Beard and Furlo Beard, both of R 1 Huntington; two sisters, Mrs. Arnold (Berneda) Crowell, City and Mrs. William E. (Mary) Hamlett, Orlando, Fla. His parents and one sister preceded him in death.
     The body is at the Smith and Sons Funeral Home where friends may call until the hour of the service. The Rev. Joe F. Bear, pastor of the Larwill United Methodist Church, will officiate at the Funeral service to be held Tuesday at 1:30 p.m. at the funeral home.
     Committal services and burial will follow the funeral home rites in the Lakeview cemetery at Larwill. Columbia City Elks lodge will hold a memorial service at 7:30 p.m. today at the funeral home.


Beard, Louis William and Vernon Huffman
Contributed by Beverly Henley
Columbia City Post – Whitley County, Indiana
April 9, 1945 Page 1

     Double funeral services will be held at the Miller Funeral Home in South Whitley on Tuesday at 2 pm for Louis William and Vernon Huffman Beard, brothers who were killed in a plane crash three-fourths of a mile west of South Whitley at 5 pm Saturday. Services will be conducted by Rev. Marshall Chambers and Rev. Roy Emery, both of South Whitley, and interment will be in the South Whitley cemetery.
     According to witnesses to the accident, the South Whitley men met death when their plane crashed shortly after taking off. It was thought that the plane stalled in making a climbing turn and nose-dived to the ground, landing in a marshy field along the north bank of Eel river approximately 200 feet south of state road 14. The field where the plane crashed is a part of the Gable farm and is just west of the South Whitley cemetery.
     Both men were wedged into the plane when found and sustained fractured skulls and many broken bones. Louis, a garageman, who was piloting the plane, died instantly, and his brother, Vernon, a South Whitley school teacher, died while being rushed to a Fort Wayne hospital in an ambulance. Just prior to the accident, Louis Beard had taken his wife and two of his children up in the plane. He had considerable experience as a pilot, having flown for the past three years. The fuselage of the plane, which was owned by a third brother, Robert D. Beard of Fort Wayne, was broken in two by the accident and will have to be written off as nearly a complete loss. The accident was investigated by Sheriff Fremont Fisher.
     Louis William Beard was born in South Whitley on March 15, 1906, and grew to manhood there. He owned and operated a garage at South Whitley. He was married to Miss Ellen Buffenbarger who survives, together with five children, Evelyn, Eva May, Lulu Belle, Ellen Louise and Dorothy Ann.
     Vernon Huffman Beard was born near South Whitley on May 26, 1902. He lived in South Whitley all his life and taught in the grade schools there. On November 24, 1927 he was united in marriage to Martha Lowman who also was a teacher. In addition to his wife, Vernon is survived by two children, Louis and Richard. Other survivors are the parents, Mr. and Mrs. Harry Beard, South Whitley, and four brothers, Eugene, South Whitley and Robert, Paul and Fred of Fort Wayne.


Beard, M. Eugene
Columbia City Post & Mail, Whitley County, Indiana
December 3, 1984

     M. Eugene Beard, 78, of 406 N. State St., South Whitley, died at 6:30 p.m. Sunday, Dec. 2, at Parkview Hospital in Fort Wayne. His death occurred during emergency heart surgery. He had been ill for six weeks.
     Mr. Beard was born Feb. 6, 1906, in Cleveland Township, a son of Harry C. and Oda Huffman Beard. He spent his entire life in the South Whitley area, graduating from South Whitley High School in 1924.
     He received an A. B. degree in social and biological science from Manchester College in 1928 and completed graduate work at Indiana University. From 1929 to 1938 he taught history and science at South Whitley High School and also served as an athletic coach.
     In January of 1939 he was named Whitley County Auditor and served two terms in that position. In 1947 he became an examiner for the Indiana State Board of Accounts and served in that position for 24 1/2 years before retiring on July 31, 1971. His marriage was on Oct. 22, 1931, to Juanita King. They have always lived in South Whitley.
     Mr. Beard was a member of South Whitley United Methodist Church. He served the church as treasurer for 19 years and taught the Friendly Circle class for 49 years. His other memberships included South Whitley Lions Club, Eel River Masonic Lodge, and Order of Eastern Star of which he was a past patron. He served on the Whitley County Memorial Hospital board from 1975 to 1982.
     Surviving are his wife Juanita; a son, James E. Beard of R 8, Columbia City; a daughter, Mrs James (Carolyn) Grant of Chattanooga, Tenn.; seven grandchildren and two great-grandchildren.
     Also surviving are three brothers, Paul E. Beard of South Whitley, Robert D. Beard and Fred Beard, both of Fort Wayne. Two brothers, Vernon and Louis, are deceased.
     Friends may call at Smith and Sons Chapel in South Whitley from 2 to 9 p.m. Tuesday and after 1 p.m. Wednesday at South Whitley United Methodist Church. The service will be at the church at 2:30 p.m. Wednesday with the Rev. Daniel J. Berger, pastor of the South Whitley United Methodist Church, officiating. Burial will be at South Whitley Cemetery. Memorials are to South Whitley United Methodist Church.


Beard, Ruth M. (Coyle)
Columbia City Post - Whitley County, Indiana
Thursday August 9, 1979

     Mrs. Ruth M. Beard, 79, R 3 and 684 Plumgrove, Melbourne, Florida died at 5:10 a.m. today, August 9 in Whitley County Hospital where she had been a patient since July 28.
     Mrs. Beard was born on May 18, 1900 a daughter of Elmer and Bravilla Belle Smith Coyle. When a young girl she moved with her parents to Marion, later moving to Whitley county.
     She was united in marriage to Dalton Beard on March 7, 1921 and their first home was on the Lee Schuman farm in Richland township. They later resided in Troy township and in March 1946 bought their own farm in Thorncreek township.
     Mr. Beard preceded her in death on September 3, 1974. She had made her winter home in Florida for the past eight years. She was a member of the Hope United Methodist Chuch in Melbourne, Florida.
     The surviving relatives include two sons, Argyle Beard, R 3 and Marion L. Beard, R 5; a daughter, Mrs. William (Charlene) Metcalf, San Jose, Calif.; five grandchildren; five great-grandchildren; three sisters, Mrs. Edith Knight, Fairfield, Montana, Mrs. Katherine Pratt, Columbia City, Mrs. Martha Monahan, Huntington.
     She was preceded in death by a grandson; three brothers, Arthur, William, Robert and a sister, Myrtle.
     The body is at the Smith and Sons Funeral Home where the family will receive friends after 2 p.m. Friday. The funeral will be in the funeral home at 2 p.m. Saturday with the Rev George W. Brunner officiating.


Bechtold, Eliza Margaret
Contributed by Beverly Henley
The Commercial Mail – Columbia City, Indiana
Wednesday April 25, 1945 Pg6

     Eliza Margaret Bechtold, past 70 years old, 1402 S. Anthony Blvd, Fort Wayne, died Wednesday afternoon at 1:15 o’clock at the Lawton place sanitarium, 1649 Spy Run Avenue, Fort Wayne. She had been in ill health since 1942 when she suffered a stroke of paralysis. She was born in Columbia City, on November 3, 1874, and was a daughter of George and Catherine Bechtold. She never married. Miss Bechtold is survived by two brothers, George Adam Bechtold and John Bechtold, both of Columbia City. The body was brought to the DeMoney Funeral Home where friends may call after 1:30 pm. Thursday and where services will be held at 2 o’clock Sunday afternoon. The Rev. Charles H Smith, pastor of the First Methodist church, of which Miss Bechtold was a member will conduct the services. Burial will be in the Greenhill cemetery in Columbia City.


Beeching, Charles Lyman
Contributed by Beverly Henley
The Commercial Mail – Columbia City, Indiana
Thursday May 31, 1945 Page 6

     Charles Lyman Beeching, past 83 years old, died at 8:30 o’clock Wednesday evening at his farm home 1 1/2 miles east of Coesse in Union township on the farm where he had lived since he was 16 years old. Mr. Beeching had been in failing health from a complication diseases for the past two years and had been seriously ill for the past several years. He was born near Ossian in Wells county, Indiana, on December 28, 1861, and was a son of Jesse and Rebecca Bertness Beeching. He came to Whitley county from Wells county On February 27, 1889. he was married to Ida Marie Harshbarger at the Grace Lutheran church parsonage by Rev. C H Rockey. Mrs. Beeching is living. Surviving children include three daughters, Mrs. Frank Rachling, Indianapolis, Mrs. Asher Fisher, Columbia City, Mrs. Osborn Kissell, Fort Wayne, one son, Frederick Beeching, Union township, two sisters, Mrs. Harry Hiler and Mrs. Nettie Funk both of Fort Wayne. Eleven grandchildren and three great grandchildren also survive. A daughter and a son and three brothers and four sisters are dead. Mr. Beeching was a member of the Church of Christ of Fort Wayne. The body was brought to the J. A. DeMoney Funeral Home, where friends may call after 7:30 tonight and where funeral services will be held at 1:30 o’clock Saturday afternoon. The Rev. C. M. Mead, pastor of the Church of Christ of Fort Wayne will conduct the services and interment will be in the Eel River cemetery near Churubusco.


Benhour, John Henry
Contributed by Chas Rockwood
The Cassopolis Vigilant, Cassopolis, Cass County, Michigan
February 25, 1943

     John Henry Benhour, a resident of this community for the past seventeen years, died at the county hospital last Thursday forenoon, aged almost 74 years.
     Funeral services were held at the Connelly funeral home at 1:00 p.m. Sunday, conducted by pastor Frank Davis, and burial was in Prospect Hill cemetery.
     Mr. Benhour was born in Whitley county, Ind., April 25, 1869 and was there married to Serena Hickman, who died August 4, 1935.
     They are survived by two children, Mrs. W.A. Hickman of South Whitley, Ind., and Adam Benhour, a soldier stationed at Camp McCoy, Wis. Mr. Benhour came here from Columbia City, Ind.


Benhour, Martha Jane
Contributed by Chas Rockwood
The Cassopolis Vigilant, Cassopolis, Cass County, Michigan
April 3, 1930

     Miss Martha Jane Benhour died at the family home just west of this village last Friday forenoon, and news of her death came as a shock to her friends, as she had been ill only a very few days and it was not known that her condition was critical. She had suffered from a sore throat, from which infection developed.
     Funeral services were conducted by Rev. J.I. Lindsay, Monday afternoon at the Presbyterian church, and interment was in Prospect Hill cemetery.
     Martha Jane, youngest daughter of John H. and Rena Benhour, was born at Albion, Ind., February 11, 1910, and lived in Noble and Whitley counties, Ind., until 1926, when she moved to this county with her parents.
     Miss Benhour had been employed in the Ellis store in Cassopolis, and for two years past as a timekeeper at the local plant of the Kellogg Switchboard & Supply Co. In the years of her residence in this community she had made many friends, whose sympathy goes out to the bereaved family.
     Besides her many friends she leaves to mourn her going, her father and mother, one brother, Adam Benhour, and one sister, Mrs. Ethel Hickman, of Columbia City, Ind.


Benhour, Serena
Contributed by Chas Rockwood
The Cassopolis Vigilant, Cassopolis, Cass County, Michigan
August 8, 1935

     Serena Benhour, daughter of Jefferson and Martha Hickman, was born in Noble county, Ind., March 31, 1873, and departed this life at the University Hospital at Ann Arbor, August 2, 1935, at the age of 63 years.
     She was united in marriage to John H. Benhour of Indiana and most of their marriage was spent in that state until eleven years ago, when they moved to Michigan, and they have lived in and around Cassopolis ever since.
     She leaves her husband and two children, one daughter, Mrs. Hickman of Columbia City, Ind., and a son, Adam, who lives at home. One daughter preceded her in death on March 31, 1930.
     She also leaves two sisters, Mrs. A.D. Crabell of Bronson, Mich., and Mrs. W.A. Rose of Elkhart, Ind., and a host of friends.
     Funeral services were held Sunday afternoon at the Connelly funeral home, Rev. Amos Bogart officiating, and burial was in Prospect Hill cemetery.


Bennett, Lillie Rockey
Contributed by Chas Rockwood
South Bend Tribune, St. Joseph County, Indiana
June 5, 1986

     Lillie Bennett, 91, of Medco Nursing Center, died there at 8:15 p.m. Wednesday. Mrs. Bennett was born February 2, 1895, at Wolf Lake. In 1924, as Lillie Rockey, she married James Lee Bennett. He died in 1926. She is survived by a sister, Bernice Hobbs of Iowa City, Iowa; 10 nieces and a nephew.
     Services will be at 1 p.m. Monday in the Forest G. Hay Funeral Home, 1201 S. Michigan St., with burial in Southlawn Cemetery.
     Friends may call from 2 to 6 p.m. Sunday in the Funeral Home. Memorial contributions may be made to any charity.
    

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