Eileene Joana Cross 90, of Wentzville, passed away Wednesday, July 28 at her residence. She was born April 2, 1925 in St. Louis. Funeral services were at 10:30 a.m. on Thursday, July 30, at Pitman Funeral Home in Wentzville. Interment will be in the Fairview Cemetery in Louisiana.
Joyce Powell Gentry, a mother of seven children, retired rural route mail carrier, swimmer and dog lover, died on July 26.
Born on April 23, 1939, Joyce was the only daughter of Randolph Adair Powell and Clemma Claudine Reese of Louisiana. At just two years old, her father died when his Riverview Lines bus was in a tragic accident. His death would impact her for the rest of her life.
After the accident, her mother married Henry Harrison Morton, Jr. Soon Joyce’s sister, Phyllis Morton Hunter, was added to the family. All three family members have preceded Joyce in death.
Joyce graduated from Louisiana High School where she was a cheerleader, basketball and softball player. In 1955, she was crowned queen of the Louisiana River Festival. Joyce attended William Jewell College in Liberty, Missouri, for one year to study engineering.
In the summers, Joyce loved swimming at the sandbar north of the bridge on the Mississippi and there she met Benjamin Francis Gentry of Bowling Green. They were married on March 14, 1959 at St. Joseph’s Church in Louisiana. The couple was divorced in August of 1978 leaving Joyce with full custody of their seven children. Ben Gentry died in June 2002.
The legacy of Joyce Powell Gentry is found in the lives of her children, grandchildren, and great grandchildren.
She is survived by her seven children, Timothea Thorne Gentry-Harris (Steve) of Macomb, Thaddeus Adair Gentry (Lisa) of Schaumburg, Tiffani Mari Griffin (Jeff) of Ashland, Ore., Joy Anastasia Gentry of Arlington, Mass., Gabrielle Claudine Gentry of Portland, Ore., Benjamin John Gentry (Renee) of Macomb, and Gunnar Powell Gentry of Macomb.
Ten grandchildren, Danica Rist (Montgomery), Reese Gentry, Samantha and Jeremy Gentry, Joshua and Finn Griffin, Jasper Gentry, Benjamin, Payton and Boston Gentry; seven great grandchildren, five nieces and five nephews.
One of Joyce’s proudest accomplishments was seeing her children attend college through student loans, scholarships, and work. They attended Monmouth College, Northeastern University, Western Illinois University, Northwestern University, Boston College, Springfield College and Lesley University.
Mentored by Harry Crowcroft of Quincy, Joyce worked as the first female rural route mail carrier in Macomb. Neither snow, nor rain or heat, would keep Joyce from completing her appointed rounds until she retired. She loved delivering mail in the country while watching crops grow from planting to harvest.
Joyce was also a member of the St. Paul’s Catholic Church in Macomb, where all of her children were confirmed and her sons served as altar boys.
In lieu of flowers, please consider a donation to one of these organizations:
Joyce instilled her love of swimming in her children who were all members of the Dolphin Swim Team. Donate to: YMCA of McDonough County 400 East Calhoun, Macomb IL 61455, or online at www.macombymca.org.
After Joyce retired, she became known as the “Milk Bone Lady” giving treats to dogs at area dog parks. Donate to: McDonough County Humane Society, 1743 N. Lafayette Street, Macomb, IL 61455.
A private family memorial service will be held on August 7, in Louisiana.
Mrs. Marian Clark Bankhead, 86, went to Heaven Friday, July 31, at the Select Specialty Hospital in St. Charles. Funeral services will be held at 10 a.m. Tuesday, August 4, at the Clarksville Christian Church in Clarksville. The Rev. Al Boatman will officiate. Visitation will be held from 4 to 8 p.m. Monday, August 3, at the Clarksville Christian Church. Burial will be in the Greenwood Cemetery in Clarksville.
She was born September 2, 1928 in Clarksville the daughter of Jesse Omohundro, Sr. and Margaret Leigh Clark Omohundro.
She is survived by her loving family. A son, Mike Bankhead (Janet) of Clarksville, Two daughters; Laney Jeans (Frank) of Lyon, and Mary Leigh Burns (Doug) of Oak Grove, Grandchildren; Shelley Fitchett (Chris) of Clarksville, Reid Bankhead and close friend, Aubrey of Clarksville, Matt Jeans (Michele) of Clayton, Carey Jeans of Lyon, Jessica Burns of Kansas City, Jeff Burns (Ashley) of Blue Springs, Great Grandchildren; Cameron, Errett, Gabriel and Beau Fitchett, Michael and Ava Bankhead, Madeline (Luke) Jeans and Jonah Burns. Loving sister; Ruby Garman of Louisiana, Loving brother, Frank Omohundro (Marilyn) many nieces, nephews and dear friends.
Marian graduated from the Clarksville High School and later attended and graduated from the Brown Business College in St. Louis.
She had been employed by Dr. Edward K. Jackson at the Clarksville Medical Clinic for a number of years. She was later employed by the Division of Family Services in Ralls County until she transferred to the Division of Family Services in Pike County where she worked until her retirement in 1993.
Marian was a long time member of the Clarksville Christian Church. She enjoyed her family and playing Bridge with her friends. Most of all she loved being with her grandchildren and great-grandchildren.
Pallbearers are; Robert Omohundro, Jeff Burns, Doug Burns, Reid Bankhead, Rex Hipes and Matt Jeans.
Memorials may be given to the Clarksville Christian Church Memorial Fund in care of Collier Funeral Homes, Inc., 117 Barnard Dr., Louisiana, M0 63353
Online condolences may be sent to collierfuneral.com