LACON - Jean L. Davis, 74, of Lacon died at 6:35 p.m. Wednesday, July 30, 2014, at the Richard L. Owens Hospice Home in Peoria.
Jean Stange was born on Jan. 2, 1940, to the late Raymond and Cecelia Engelbrecht Stange and raised in Henry. She married Earl Davis on July 2, 1960; he passed away on June 11, 1994.
She is survived by her daughter, Anita (Kelly) Thul of Bloomington; son, Errol (Karen) Davis of Peoria; brother, Raymond (Debbie) Stange of Henry; and sisters, Patricia (Frank) Poskocil of Lombard, Rita (Lewis) Simpkins of Henry, Jan (the late Tom) Simpkins of Henry, Margi Koors of St. Louis and Sharon Bumgardner of Henry. She also is survived by her grandchildren, Sarah, Karen, Renee, Aaron and Karina.
Jean served the public as the Marshall County circuit clerk for 25 years, later taking the job of managing director of the Marshall County Historical Society. She also served as an alderman for the east ward on the Lacon City Council until her death.
She published the History of St. Mary's Church in Henry and was a Rotarian, past president and cultural exchange member to Sweden.
Jean was a board member for Boy Scouts in Lacon, supporting the program as her husband, Earl, did.
Jean freely shared her insight and unbounded energy with her community, friends and family.
As a Master Gardener, she helped create beautiful gardens at the Marshall County Courthouse, Henry and Lacon Catholic churches, and Heading House in Peoria.
As a public official, she unwaveringly strove to do what was right and best for others.
Her siblings, children and grandchildren will miss her kind nature and heartfelt laugh.
A lover of travel, Jean traveled the world, enjoying gardens and the company of friends and family.
The lasting difference she made in so many lives was truly a gift to those who had the opportunity to know Jean.
Services will be at 11 a.m. Monday, Aug. 4, 2014, at the Immaculate Conception Church in Lacon, with Father Tom Mizeur officiating. Visitation will be from 4 to 6 p.m. Sunday at Lenz Memorial Home in Lacon and one hour prior to services at her church.
Memorials can be made to the Immaculate Conception Church or Lacon Sparland Ambulance.
Online condolences can be left at lenzmemorialhome.com.