Alma Ilene Shoemate, 85, of 1324 N. Fourth St., Quincy, died Tuesday (Dec. 4, 2012) in her home.
She was born Aug. 23, 1927, in Lima, a daughter of Raymond and Opal Shaffer Bloyd. She married Leroy Hartsock on March 16, 1957, and he died on Feb. 25, 1990. She married William "Bill" Shoemate on July 3, 1997, and he died on July 24, 2008.
Alma was a waitress for 50 years, and for 30 of those she was at Elder's Family Restaurant. She had a passion for reading, gardening and crafts. She was a talented seamstress and hand made gifts for all of her grandchildren and her daughters.
Alma loved to travel, and spend time with her family and friends. She was an avid shuffleboard player, she canned vegetables and would do whatever was needed to get a job done. She had roofed a house, finished concrete and built walkways, to name a few of her accomplishments.
Survivors include her three daughters, Cheryl Wilson of Keokuk, Iowa, Diana Finley of Indianapolis, Ind., and Vicki Clark of Quincy; two stepchildren, William "Billy" Shoemate of Quincy, and Carol Dodd of Hamilton; a sister, Gloria Garlock of Davenport, Iowa; seven granddaughters, Gina Wilson of Keokuk, LeRon Schuckman of Tuscola, Danelle Monroe of Sweetwater, Tenn., Brigett Patterson of Bedford, Texas, Dana Boone of Fort Madison, Iowa, and Brandie Seybold and Diana "Chrissy" Clark, both of Indianapolis; five stepgrandchildren, Alex and Sara Shoemate of Quincy, Alexis, Jamie and Matt Dodd of Hamilton; seven great-great-grandchildren; and nieces and nephews.
She was preceded in death by her parents; her husbands; two brothers, Larry and Raymond Bloyd; and a sister, Betty Jo Leffler.
SERVICES: 11 a.m. Thursday in the Duker and Haugh Funeral Home, conducted by Major Doreen Jennings. Interment will be in Sunset Cemetery.
VISITATION: 10 to 11 a.m. Thursday in the funeral home.
MEMORIALS: Salvation Army or to the St. Vincent DePaul Society.
ARRANGEMENTS: Duker and Haugh Funeral Home.
Condolences may be expressed online at www.whig.com