Zion-Benton News


Nell Rose McKinney

Nell Rose McKinney, 81, of Zion, died Monday, Oct. 20, 2014.

She was born Nell Rose Rowin in Mooresville, Miss. on Aug. 21, 1933 the youngest of 15 children born to the combined families of J.O. and Mattie Rowin. She was raised in the Ryan's Well community, graduated from Itawamba County High School and was employed at Warwick Electronics in Zion when she met George McKinney on a blind date to the Riverview Amusement Park in Chicago. George was smitten and proposed the next day. They were married on Nov. 22, 1952. She was an active member of Lakeview Church, an avid reader, and faithful volunteer in the church library. Nell's authentic faith in and unique relationship with Jesus Christ lent her many a conversation with those around her about spending eternity in Heaven with her Savior. Her family and friends have no doubt that she is now rejoicing in that homecoming she so often talked about.

Nell is survived by her husband of almost 62 years, George McKinney of Zion; her son, Steve (Diane) McKinney of Birmingham, Ala.; her daughters, Cindy (Bruce) Pracht of Zion, and Amy (Curt) Palmer of Kenosha, Wis.; seven grandchildren, Meridith (Will), Evelyn (Hunter), Stephanie (Parker), Suzanna, Lauralei, Steven and Bradley. Dozens of nieces and nephews; and many friends will also mourn her passing.

The family will host a visitation Tuesday, Oct. 21, at Congdon Funeral Home, 3012 Sheridan Road, Zion, from 6-8 p.m. A funeral service will be held Wednesday, Oct. 22, at 10 a.m. at Lakeview Church, 1821 Sheridan Road, Zion. Interment will follow at Mt. Olivet Memorial Park, Zion.

Memorial Contributions may be made to the Lakeview Church Library Fund. Please sign the online guest book at congdonfuneralhome.com


Frances Child

Frances Child,
89, of Hillsboro, Ill., died Wednesday, Oct. 15, 2014 at her residence.

Frances was born Jan. 16, 1925 in Pearson, Miss., to Johnie and Lena (Boehle) Gilmore. She previously lived in Jackson, Miss., Zion, Lake Villa and Viola, Wis. before moving to Hillsboro in 1998. She graduated from Central High School in Jackson in 1942. She married Joe Thomas Childs, Sr.  on Oct. 3, 1942 in Jackson. She had worked as a beautician and librarian and was a homemaker. She was a member of the American Legion Auxiliary, Senior Citizens in Coffeen, Hillsboro Free Methodist Church, Prime Timers of HFMC, Birthday Club, Hillsboro and was a volunteer at the Hillsboro Area Hospital Gift Shop.

She is survived by four children, Jerel Dean Henderson, Brownstown, Ind., Martha (Joe) McGuffin, Conyers, Ga., Barbara (Larry) Hewitt, Hillsboro and Tom (Debra) Childs, Martinsville, Ind.; six grandchildren; seven great-grandchildren and five great-great-grandchildren; a brother Sonny Gilmore and a sister, Joan Holmes.

She was preceded in death by her husband on Dec. 24, 1999; her parents and a brother Gaston Gilmore and a sister Orva Ayhens.

Visitation is Monday, Oct. 20 from 5-8 p.m. at Bass Patton Dean Funeral Home, 624 S. Main St., Hillsboro, Ill.  The Rev. Randy Sands of the  Free Methodist Church, Hillsboro will officiate at the funeral service on Tuesday, Oct. 21 at 10 a.m. at the funeral home, Interment will be at Woodside Cemetery in rural Hillsboro. Memorials are suggested to the Free Methodist Church Building Fund or Hillsboro Area Hospital Foundation. Send condolences online to basspattondeanfh.com.

Judith Palmer Adams

Judith Palmer Adams, 75, of Apache Junction, Ariz. died Oct. 11, 2014 in Gilbert, Ariz.

Judi was born in Waukegan and from that point lived a very full and happy life. She impacted many people and was most influential on her friends and family.

Born to Lincoln and Theal Palmer, she was the third of four children with siblings Harley, Joyce and Billy. Early on Judi was fortunate to have marched in the Rose Bowl and Orange Bowl parades as a baton twirler. She went to school in Zion where she played basketball and when not in school she bowled regularly. Bowling was a lifelong passion for her as she bowled in leagues at Bertrand Lanes and regularly participated in the Women’s National Bowling Tournament. Judi worked for both Abbott Laboratories and Boeing before semi-retiring, working for Dillon’s RV and Community Home Sales until she became ill. Later in life her passions were poker with her friends, along with going to the casino and hitting the slot machines. Judi moved to Seattle in the early 80s and then traveled three years piloting her own RV until she landed in Arizona for the last years of her life.

Judi was married twice, the second marriage producing two children who she is survived by, Lori and Michael. She is also survived by her sister Joyce and brother Billy.

Visitation will be held, Saturday, Oct.18, 2014 from 10:00 until noon at Congdon Funeral Home, 3012 Sheridan Road, Zion, with a funeral service to follow at noon. Entombment will follow at Mt. Olivet Memorial Park, Zion. In lieu of flowers, please make donations to St Jude’s Children’s Hospital in her name. Please sign the online guest book at congdonfuneralhome.com


David N. Osterberg

David N. Osterberg, 94, of Beach Park, died Monday, Oct. 6, 2014 in Waukegan.

David was born Sept. 27, 1920 in Waukegan to Albin and Amelia Osterberg as the youngest of five children.

He graduated from Waukegan High School in 1938, served as a Hospital Corpsman in the Navy from 1942-1945 and in the Korean War from 1951-1952 at Great Lakes. He received his B.A. degree from Bethel College, Minn., in 1950 and his B.S. degree from University of Minnesota in 1951. He received his master’s degree from Northwestern University in Evanston in 1955.

He married the love of his life, Helen Franklin, in June 1950. They were married for 64 years.

He spent his entire career of 30 years as a school administrator in the North Chicago School District and retired in 1991. He was long time member of Immanuel Church in Waukegan and for the last 20 years at Grace Missionary Church in Zion.

David was preceded into the presence of His Savior by his loving wife, Helen, his parents, two brothers; Harold and Einer Osterberg, and two sisters; Ruth Anthony and Elizabeth Dowers.

His legacy lives on in the lives of his son, David (Karen) Osterberg of Zion; his daughters, Jan (Ken) Stone of Grayslake, and Dagmar (Al) May of Bristol, Wis.; 13 grandchildren and 13 great-grandchildren.

David will be remembered by his family and friends for his generous and kind heart, his great faith in God and his practical wisdom.

A memorial service was held Monday, Oct. 13 at Grace Missionary Church, Zion. Final resting place is Pineview Memorial Park, Beach Park.

Please sign the online guest book at congdonfuneralhome.com.