EUREKA - Sherry Bill, 57, of Eureka, Ill., passed away at 2:30 p.m. on Saturday, May 12, 2012, at her residence after battling cancer since January 2009.
Sherry was born on May 25, 1954, in Peoria, Ill., a daughter of Morris Dean and Suzanne Q. Thierer Smith. She married Duane Roy Bill on July 13, 1974, at the Washburn Presbyterian Church. He survives. The couple moved to Eureka to raise their family.
She is also survived by two sons, Dr. Brent Bill of Santa Monica, Calif., and Brad Bill at home; and one brother, John Edward (Tina) Smith of rural Washburn.
She was preceded in death by her parents.
Sherry graduated from Lowpoint-Washburn High School in 1972. She earned her associate's degree in child development from Illinois Central College in 1975. In 2001, she earned a bachelor's degree from the Board of Governor's program of Western Illinois University.
Advocacy was an important part of Sherry's volunteer efforts. She was involved with the Life Skills program of the Woodford County Special Education Association for two years as a classroom aide. Sherry served on the boards of the Association for the Developmentally Disabled of Woodford County and the Peoria Autism Society. She taught in area preschools, with 17 years as a teacher and site director for Tazewell-Woodford Head Start.
Sherry was a member of the Eureka Presbyterian Church, where she served as a Sunday school teacher, deacon and elder. She was involved with Church Women United.
Funeral services will be held at 10:30 a.m. on Wednesday, May 16, 2012, at Argo-Ruestman-Harris Funeral Home in Eureka. Pastor Nollan Harwood will officiate. Visitation will be held on Tuesday, May 15, 2012, from 5 to 7 p.m. at Argo-Ruestman-Harris Funeral Home in Eureka. Burial will be Olio Township Cemetery in Eureka.
In lieu of flowers, Sherry wishes memorials to go to autism research at the University of California, Los Angeles, https://giving.ucla.edu, where Brent conducts genetic research, or the Highland Center in Morton, Ill., 501 Highland, Morton, IL 61550, where Brad attends a day program through the Tazewell County Resource Center.
Online condolences may be sent to the family at www.ruestmanharrisfuneralhome.com.
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