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John Edwards

John Edwards, 42, of Lincoln died Thursday (June 19, 2003) at 7:15 a.m. at his home.

A memorial service will be scheduled.

Arrangements are pending at Fricke-Calvert-Schrader Funeral Home in Lincoln.

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Helen Trigg

Helen Marian Trigg, 90, of Lincoln died Tuesday (June 17, 2003) at 8:45 p.m. at the Christian Village Nursing Home.

Mrs. Trigg's ashes have been interred in New Union Cemetery, Lincoln.

A memorial service was Friday morning at the First United Methodist Church in Lincoln. The Rev. Ray Hudson officiated. There was no visitation.

Holland and Barry Funeral Home of Lincoln handled arrangements.

Mrs. Trigg was a teacher for most of her adult life.

She was born Feb. 9, 1913, in Findlay to Joel Asbury Combs and Anna Marie Henninges Combs. Her parents died when she was in her teens, and she then lived with Ada and Ben Armstrong of Lincoln, her aunt and uncle. She married Frank W. Trigg in 1946, and he died in 1967.

Survivors are one son, Thomas W. Trigg, and two grandchildren, Alison Trigg Conner and Morgan Kelsey Conner Trigg, all of Missoula, Mont.

She was also preceded in death by two brothers, Laurence Asbury Combs and Wayne Maurice Combs.

She described her father, a lumberyard manager, as a gentle man who instilled in her the desire to do her best, to know the difference between right and wrong, never to be afraid of work, and to save regularly. She remembered her mother as a religious person who took her along everywhere she went.

Helen adored her older brothers and envied them for being able to attend school when she was still too young. When her brothers came home from school, they often showed her what they had learned.

Finally, she came home from her own first day of school, full of excitement. She sat next to her mother, who was doing the family's ironing, and read her first-grade reading book aloud from cover to cover. When asked what she did for the rest of first grade, she said, "I read it again."

Her father died when she was 13, and when her mother became ill shortly afterward, Helen nursed her through a protracted final illness. Her mother died when Helen was 16, and she moved to Lincoln to live with the Armstrongs.

Her uncle died shortly after her arrival in Lincoln, but she lived with her aunt longer than she had lived with her own mother. She developed close ties to the Armstrongs' children, Marian, Wayne, Carroll and Lois. Her aunt encouraged her to go to college.

She received an associate of arts degree in 1933 from Lincoln College and a bachelor's degree in 1938 from Illinois State University. She also did graduate work at ISU, although she did not receive a graduate degree.

She began teaching in a one-room, one-teacher, eight-grade rural school near Lincoln. She later taught in Oak Park and in Lincoln until she retired at 65.

Local educators recognized the quality of her work, and she often instructed student teachers in her classroom.

During her later career she taught kindergarten, with classes ranging from 15 to 46 children. Although she recognized the problems of large classes, she remembered with satisfaction the time she succeeded in saying goodbye by name to each of her 89 pupils on their first day of school.

In the mid-1960s, she initiated the Head Start program in three central Illinois counties, but she always said she would rather be a teacher than an administrator.

Following her retirement, she kept in close contact with family and friends, paying special attention to those in poor health. She traveled with friends throughout the United States.

Mrs. Trigg was active in the First United Methodist Church in Lincoln, to which memorials may be made.


Geneva Litherland

Geneva I. Litherland, 85, of Normal died Wednesday (June 18, 2003) at 12:05 p.m. at the home of her son in rural Atlanta.

Her funeral was Friday morning at Quiram Funeral Home, Atlanta, with Douglas Reed officiating. Visitation preceded the service.

Burial is in Funks Grove Cemetery, rural McLean.

Mrs. Litherland was a homemaker and caregiver.

She was born April 9, 1918, in Lawrence County to Adam and Evalina Buchanan Reed. She married John M. Litherland in 1936, and he died in August 1985.

Surviving are one son, Erwin (and Kathleen) Litherland of Atlanta; one grandson, Noah (and Melissa) Litherland of Urbana; and one brother, Vachel M. Reed of Bridgeport.

She was also preceded in death by one son and 12 brothers and sisters.

She was a member of the Free Methodist Church of Normal.

Memorials may be made to OSF Hospice, 2416 E. Washington St., Bloomington, IL 61704.

Romelda Johnson

Romelda G. Johnson, 84, of Cornland died Monday (June 16, 2003) at 4:58 p.m. at St. John's Hospice in Springfield.

Private graveside services at Mount Pulaski Cemetery will be at a later date. Allen Hickerson will officiate. There will be no visitation.

Fricke-Calvert-Schrader Funeral Home is handling arrangements.

Mrs. Johnson was a retired switchboard operator.

She was born March 18, 1919, in Lincoln to John and Clara Wilmert Birnbaum. She married Dale Johnson in Bloomington on Oct. 28, 1965. He preceded her in death.

Survivors are four daughters, Beverly (and Leroy) Ramthun of Cornland, Lanette (and David) Munks of Bend, Ore., Melody Krusz of Astoria, N.Y., and Candace Stoll of Itasca; six grandchildren; and three great-grandchildren.

She was a member of Cornland Christian Church.

She worked with AARP for a time.

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Bob Davison

Bob Davison, 71, of Bascom, Fla., died Thursday (June 12, 2003) at 12:06 p.m. at his home.

Committal of ashes will be June 25 at an 11 a.m. service at Irish Grove Cemetery, Middletown. Roger James and Ken Davison will officiate. Military and Masonic rites will be conducted at the graveside.

Holland and Barry Funeral Home in Lincoln is handling local arrangements.

Mr. Davison retired from Caterpillar in Peoria after 34 years and was a truck driver for 14 years.

He was a U.S. Army veteran of World War II.

He was born Oct. 6, 1929, in Oakley to Walter Grant and Nettie Banister Davison. He married Clara Rickard on June 2, 1950, in Petersburg.

Survivors are his wife, of Bascom, Fla.; one son, Phillippe I. Davison of Altha, Fla.; one daughter, Angelique Stevenson of Mason City; eight grandchildren; five great-grandchildren; three brothers, Walter Davison of Green Valley, Kenneth Davison of Middletown and Edwin A. Davison of Lincoln; and one sister, Lois J. Boyer of Lincoln.

He was of the Methodist faith.

He was a member of American Legion Post 672, Masonic Lodge 653 of Greenview, the VFW post of Creve Coeur and the Moose Lodge of Marianna, Fla.

John Meese

 John C. Meese Jr., 76, of Lincoln died earlier this month (June 6, 2003, at 5:30 a.m.) at Veterans Hospital, Indianapolis, Ind., and was cremated. A graveside service will be at 10:30 a.m. Monday at Zion Cemetery, Lincoln. Military rites will be conducted at the cemetery.

Fricke-Calvert-Schrader Funeral Home in Lincoln is handling arrangements.

Mr. Meese retired from Laborer's Union Local 703.

He was a U.S. Air Force veteran of World War II.

He was born Nov. 19, 1926, in Tamaroa to John C. and Mary D. Davis Meese Sr. He married Delphine L. Marshalek on May 30, 1964, in Benton. She died Dec. 28, 1998.

Surviving are two daughters, Phyllis (and Ted) Lamers of Olathe, Kan., and Patricia (and Jerry) Lover of Adrian, Mich.; three grandchildren and two stepgrandchildren; two great-grandchildren; and one sister, Dorothy Cummins of Paducah, Ky.

He was also preceded in death by four brothers and three sisters.

Memorials may be made to the Veterans Hospital of Danville, Ill., or Indianapolis, Ind.

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