Maurine Adele Howie Van Sant Smith
Jan 25, 1940 – June 24, 2021
Maurine, 81, passed away peacefully with family by her side in Coulterville, IL, following complications from a fall and a battle with dementia.
Maurine attended high school in Sparta Illinois and worked as a CNA at Pinckneyville Community Hospital and then as a worker at Gilster Mary Lee in Steeleville, IL. She also volunteered her services as an EMT in Coulterville, IL.
She was an active member at Grandcote Reformed Presbyterian Church in Coulterville, IL, and she attended Trinity Presbyterian Church in Sparta, IL as well.
Her interests included many years devoted to being a Girl Scout leader, playing in card clubs, sewing, cooking, board games, reading the Bible and spending time with family and friends.
Maurine is survived by one sister, Naomi (Norman) Howie Owens of Marissa, IL; two daughters, Charlene Van Sant of Coulterville, IL and Vivian Van Sant of Sparta, IL; she also raised three grandchildren in her home, Donald, Charles and Charina; six other grandchildren; fifteen great grandchildren; many nieces, nephews and cousins.
Maurine was preceded in death by her parents, William Emerson and Edith Howie; three brothers, Harlen, Ferrell and Terry Howie; one sister, Wilma (Keith) Howie-Mahan; only son, Roger Dean Van Sant; two grandchildren; one great grandchild.
A celebration of life gathering will be held from 9:00am-12:30 pm on Wednesday, June 30, 2021 at Heil-Schuessler & Sinn Funeral Home in Sparta IL. Friends and family can get together and remember all the good times they shared with Maurine.
In lieu of flowers, donations can be made to the Shriners Hospital in St. Louis, MO, the American Heart Association or the American Cancer Society.
Heil-Schuessler & Sinn Funeral Home in Sparta, IL is in charge of arrangements