Joyce N. Donohue

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Joyce Nadine Lockwood Avery Donohue, 80, passed away Sunday, March 3, 2013 at her home in Watseka surrounded by family.
She was born April 14, 1932 in Centralia, IL, a daughter of Effie Dora (Roberts) Lockwood and F.D. (Doc) Lockwood.  She married Gerald Lee Avery on December 31, 1950 in West Frankfort. He died April 13, 1982.  She married Robert L. Donohue April 7, 1984 in Watseka and he survives.
She was preceded in death by her parents and brother, Jack Robert Lockwood.
Surviving are her three daughters and two step-sons: Judith Ann (David) Phillippe of Champaign; Carol Joan (Robert Wolinsky) Avery of Danville, KY; and Karen Jayne (Robert) Allie of Land O' Lakes, FL; Michael Robert (Dixie) Donohue of Normal and John Richard (Pat) Donohue of Vero Beach, FL.
She was blessed with seven grandchildren and a step-granddaughter:  Abbe Elizabeth (John) Mitze of Monticello; Samuel John (Tracy) Phillippe of Aurora; Nathan Justin (Sarah) Allie of Land O' Lakes, FL; Karah Lea Allie of Land O' Lakes, FL; Margaret Jayne (Andrew) Junkin of Tremont; Avery Beau Wolinsky of Danville, KY; Benjamin Avery Wolinsky of Danville, KY; and Christina (Rob) Blemler of Bloomington.
She leaves 11 great-grandchildren and 2 step great-grandsons: Dai Shawn Bradley Hunt of Land 0' Lakes, FL; Deanna Ray Meyer of Land 0' Lakes, FL; Khya Elizabeth Phillippe of Aurora; Cooper David William Mitze of Monticello; Spencer Phillip Mitze of Monticello; Kaitlyn Margaret Phillippe of Aurora; Emma Jayne Junkin of Tremont; Lillian Grace Scott of Land O' Lakes, FL; Eliza Jayne Junkin of Tremont; Jackson Blemler of Bloomington; and Lauryn Blemler of Bloomington.  
Surviving sisters-in-law include Janet Christine (Terry) Mitchell of Rochelle; Phyllis Donohue of Sheldon; Mary Lou Donohoe of Lafayette, IN;  Jane Ann (Jack) Murray of Fairfield, OH.  
She is survived by numerous nieces and nephews.
Of English, Irish and French heritage, her Lockwood ancestors migrated from England to America in 1630 on one of the Massachusetts Bay Company ships. Her family settled in Southern Illinois by 1810. She always spoke with a soft southern accent. She was raised and attended school in West Frankfort until moving to Watseka in 1954. Her first husband, Gerald, was a teacher at Watseka Community High School and she worked in the office there from 1967 through 1980 as well as helping decorate many a prom, graduation or baccalaureate. She taught ceramics for several years from her home and later expanded to a downtown business.  
A passionate artisan, she loved gardening, ceramics, hand needlework, quilting and embroidery sewing. She also loved travel, reading, and Bridge. She spent several winters in Florida after retirement.
She was an excellent cook and loved entertaining for family, friends, clubs, and Bob's business at her homes in Watseka, Cypress Woods, Florida and Lake Shafer, Indiana. She adapted to life as a farmer's wife and for many seasons cooked huge harvest dinners. She was a shopper and collector. She proudly displayed and used her collection of table linens, china, crystal, depression and milk glass. She never met a stranger and was the life force of any gathering.
She belonged to the Beta Sigma Phi Sorority for over fifty years. She joined St. Edmund Catholic Church prior to her remarriage, having raised her daughters in the First United Methodist Church.  She was an active volunteer and fund-raiser for many years with the American Red Cross, BP&W, the Iroquois Memorial Hospital Auxiliary, and the Council of Catholic Women.  She was president of the Joliet Diocesan Catholic Council of Women 2004-06 and served on the executive board.  She previously received Woman of the Year Awards.  She also belonged to Shewami Country Club. 
A Funeral Mass will be held at 10:00 a.m. on Thursday, March 7, 2013 at St. Edmund Catholic Church in Watseka.  Fr. Michael Powell will officiate.  Burial will be in Oak Hill Cemetery in Watseka.
Visitation will be from 4:00-8:00 p.m. on Wednesday, March 6, 2013 at Knapp Funeral Home in Watseka with a Prayer Service being held at 7:30 p.m.
Memorials may be made to St. Edmund Catholic Church, Susan , or American Diabetes Foundation.
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Published in Times Republic on Mar. 5, 2013
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