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Suzellen Webb

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Suzellen (Sue) Webb ROCKFORD - Suzellen (Sue) Webb died Tuesday, June 21, 2011, in Willows Health Center. She was born Suzellen Claire Roest on Dec. 24, 1928, in Lima, Ohio. She was the first present of Christmas that year to her parents, Henry George Roest and Jessie Margaret Staeger Roest. Sue was predeceased by her parents; brother, George Roest; and sister, Winnifred Roest Dahnert. Her husband, Arthur B. Webb, survives her. Sue and Art were married Sept. 13, 1953, in Marion, Ohio. Also surviving are her brother, Calvin Roest of Richmond, Va.; children, Deb (Mark) Webb Harada, Wes Webb, Cindy (J.R.) Milstead and Ed (Michelle) Webb; and grandchildren, Tasha Reed, Jessica Milstead, Harry Harada, Zach McPeek, ReiEllen Harada, Melissa Milstead and Sarah Webb; as well as two great-grandsons; and many treasured family members and friends. Sue received her master's degree in library and information science from the University of Illinois in 1986. When she worked outside of the home, Sue was a school librarian and later worked for Baker & Taylor in Momence. In her leisure time, Sue was an avid reader. She especially loved books about the U.S. presidents and their wives. Sue loved being a grandma. She and Art also loved to travel. In addition to seeing most of the 50 states, they enjoyed unforgettable trips to Canada, Europe and the Holy Land. As the wife of a preacher, Sue was blessed with the challenges and joys of a life of ministry. She was actively involved in 13 different United Methodist congregations in the Central Illinois Conference. Sue was a lifetime member of United Methodist Women and an active member of Christ United Methodist Church. Sue was a beloved wife, mother, grandma and friend. She had a beautiful smile, a good life, a good soul and she will be missed. Service at 11 a.m. Saturday, June 25, in Christ United Methodist Church, 4509 Highcrest Road; The Rev. Laura Barkley officiating. Visitation from 9:30 a.m. to service time. Services will also be held at 1 p.m. June 27 at Kansas United Methodist Church, 200 E. Buena Vista St., Kansas, Ill.; The Rev. Jeremy Harmison officiating. Burial in Fairview Cemetery in Kansas, Ill. In lieu of flowers, memorials may be directed to the family for donations to various church organizations (Christ United Methodist Church, Rockford, Ill.), the Preacher's Aid Society and Benefit Fund, the Kansas, Ill. United Methodist Church). Arrangements by Julian-Poorman-Welte Funeral Home, 304 N. Fifth St. For online guest book, maps and directions, visit
Published in Rockford Register Star from June 23 to June 24, 2011
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