Lillie Marie Burrus, 89, of Arenzville, died Tuesday, March 1, 2011, at Passavant Area Hospital in Jacksonville.
She was born March 5, 1921, in Logan County, the daughter of Ray and Myrtle Sanders Long. She married Charles Glenn Burrus on Dec. 1, 1948, in Lincoln, and he preceded her in death Feb. 18, 1978.
She is survived by one daughter and one son, Marlene (Albert) Bessert and Warren Burrus; two grandchildren, Jenniffer (Tom) Shepherd and Nathan Bessert; two great-grandchildren, Justin Shepherd and Alana Shepherd; and many nieces and nephews. She was preceded in death by two sisters, Alma Steffens and Alberta Yeadicke; and one brother, Raymond Long.
Mrs. Burrus was an active and longtime member of Meredosia United Methodist Church and currently a member of Bluffs United Methodist Church. During World War II she worked for Caterpillar in Peoria. Marie had been active with 4-H, and she enjoyed baking cakes and pies for charitable events in Meredosia. She loved being a farm wife and mother.
Funeral services will be held 2 p.m. Saturday at Buchanan & Cody Funeral Home in Meredosia, with burial at Oakland Cemetery. The family will meet friends 12:30-2 p.m. prior to the service at the funeral home. Memorials are suggested to Bluffs United Methodist Church. Condolences may be left at www.buchanancody.com.
Published in Jacksonville Journal-Courier on Mar. 3, 2011