Bessie McCord

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FAIRVIEW - Bessie Elizabeth McCord, 88, of Fairview, Ill., passed away at 2:14 p.m. Wednesday, May 14, 2014, at OSF Richard L. Owens Hospice Home in Peoria, with family by her side.

She was born Aug. 17, 1925, in rural Prairie City, Ill., to Garland M. and Mary E. (Silver) Knott. She married Raymond "Johnny" Hukill and later married Donald McCord. He survives.

Also surviving are two children, Ronald Hukill of Fairview and Nancy (Bernard) Seipel of Elmwood; one sister, Irma Furniss; sister-in-law, Barbara Knott; three grandchildren, Tara (Dastel) Judd, Alex Bostic and Amy Oppe; and three great-grandchildren, Trae, Savanna and Ryker Judd.

She was preceded in death by her parents; first husband, Raymond Hukill; son, Terry Hukill; brother, David B. Knott; and sister, Avis Thompson.

Her first priority was always family, as a dedicated farmer's wife and mother.

She was a pie expert and cook extraordinaire at Kersh Cafe for many years. She then learned the art of retail sales at the Elmwood Fair Store and later retired from Canton's JC Penney. So she's a familiar face to many.

Bessie was a hard-working Christian with many talents. Her interests included family dinners, sewing, gardening, canning, traveling, "Chipmunk" movies, dancing and reading, to name a few.

She was a kind and generous woman who also loved to shop.

Services will be Saturday, May 17, 2014, at 11 a.m. at Anderson-Sedgwick Funeral Home, Farmington, where visitation will be held one hour prior. The Rev. Jessica Baldyga will officiate. Please come fragrance-free. Interment will be in Prairie City Cemetery.

Memorial contributions can be made to the Fairview Rescue Squad.

Please sign the guestbook. To view Bessie's memorial DVD and send online condolences, go to

Say not, in grief, that she is gone, give thanks that she was ours.

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Anderson-Sedgwick Funeral Home
341 East Fort Street Farmington, IL 61531
(309) 245-2452
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Published in Peoria Journal Star from May 16 to May 17, 2014
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