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Betty M. Wilburn

Betty M. Wilburn

Betty Maxine Wilburn, nee Hawkins, 94, of Marissa, IL, formerly of Swansea, went to be with her Lord and Saviour on Wednesday August 25, 2021 at her new home with daughter Janet (Glenn) Galle. She was a homemaker, a member of Sterling Baptist Church in Fairview Heights, IL, the Red Hats Society of Swansea, IL Home Extension Caseyville, IL.

She was born March 1, 1927 to Thomas and Pauline (Tyler) Hawkins of West Frankfort, IL.  She married Harley Leon Wilburn of West Frankfort, IL on August 19, 1944 and who preceded her in death on April 28, 1994.

Mrs. Wilburn was also preceded in death by her parents, son; Richard Leon Wilburn, daughter; Mary Katherine Finley, brothers; Edward, Everett “Tooter”, Harold Dean and Kenneth (Catherine) Hawkins, sisters; Hazel (Obie Gene) Rich, Nadine (Bud) Moore and Ruth Ann (Richard) Wright, brothers-in-law; Robert, Ray and Don Wilburn, Charles Walters and Dennis Pallecone.

Betty is survived by daughter; Janet Kay (Glenn) Galle of Marissa, IL along with their fur baby Max III, son-in-law; William (friend Karen) Finley, daughter; Stephanie (Brian) Matt and their son; Aiden, son Michael (Allison) Finley and their son; Cullen, daughter-in-law; Kathleen Wilburn, nee Cheek,  her son Richard (Becky) Wilburn, nee Bauza, their daughter; Megan (Noah) Vinsen, son Joshua Wilburn, daughter; Christina (Brian) Martindale, their daughters; Kayla (Dillon) Neel, nee Britcher, their son; Jaydan, daughter; Madison Martindale, son; Cody and his daughter; Arabella Katherine “Bella” Britcher, Betty’s sisters; Wanda Walters, Linda Pallecone, brother; Tom (Pat) Hawkins, brother-in-law; Paul Wilburn, sisters-in-law; Margaret Carter, Arlene (Eddie) Davis, Carolyn Sharp, Mary (Robert) Meadows and Linda (Ray) Ward, dear friends; Laura Marks of Sterling Baptist Church in Fairview Heights, IL, Mary Reidel of Greenville, IL,  Marie, Stacy and Cody of her former home at Grand Manor in Swansea, IL, and also by many nieces and nephews and friends.

Memorials in Mrs. Wilburn’s honor may be to the Belleville Area Humane Society, 1301 South 11th St., Belleville, IL  62226

In keeping with Mrs. Wilburn’s wishes, cremation is to take place with no formal visitation.

A celebration of life and luncheon will be held at 1 p.m. on Saturday October 16, 2021 at Caldwell Baptist Church located at 4630 Deering Rd in West Frankfort, IL.  Interment will follow at Mount Zion Cemetery in Thompsonville, IL located at 10443 S. Thompsonville Rd in Thompsonville, IL 62890.

Heil-Schuessler Funeral Home in Marissa, IL is in charge of arrangements.


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  1. Janet Galle says:

    Thank YOU, Wayne.

  2. Amanda (Gray) Peticolas says:

    So sorry to hear of Aunt Betty’s passing. She is in the arms of Jesus now with Uncle Leon, Mamaw and all the rest! Hugs and prayers to the family!

  3. Wayne Jennings says:

    Janet & Family,
    We’re so sorry to hear of your moms passing. What a sweet, gentle natured lady. Paul tells us in 1st Corinthians that “to be absent from the body is to be present with The Lord.” May you find strength in Christ during this difficult time.
    Blessings –
    Wayne & Penny Jennings

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