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Lenora Sarah Wilson, formerly of Chester

  • Lenora S. Wilson

    Lenora S. Wilson

updated: 6/7/2019 12:06 PM

Lenora S. Wilson, 90, of Centralia, passed away Tuesday, June 5, 2019 at SSM Health St. Mary's Hospital in Centralia.

Lenora was born on Aug. 27, 1928 in Chester, Illinois, the daughter of Fred Wittenbrink and Evelyn (Asbury) Wittenbrink. She married Gilbert Arnold Wilson on Jan. 22, 1950 and he preceded her in death on Nov. 9, 1969 after 19 years of marriage.

She is survived by three sons, Larry (Linda) Wilson of Centralia, Gary (Karen) Wilson of Tracy, California, and Lenny (Desiree) Wilson of Jamestown, California; six grandchildren, Christopher Wilson, Loren Wilson, Reed Wilson, Lindsay Wilson, Christina Hayes and Darrick Wilson; 11 great-grandchildren, Jace MacGregor, Colton MacGregor, Gavin Rausher, Gracey Rausher, Graden Rausher, Olivia Haigh, Ava Wilson, Bryan Horne, Griffin Wilson, Kellen Wilson and Raurie Wilson; two brothers, Howard (JoAnne) Wittenbrink and Earl Wittenbrink; and one sister, Barbara Ann Martin.

She was preceded in death by her parents; husband; five brothers, Fred Wittenbrink Jr., George Wittenbrink, Donald Wittenbrink, Elmer Wittenbrink and Lloyd Wittenbrink; and five sisters, Marguarite Howard, Patricia Thornsberry, Velda Moore, Leona Wittenbrink, and Roberta Kimball.

Lenora was a beautician for over 40 years. She was also a member and supporter of the Centralia Cultural Society. She was also a Red Hat Lady. She enjoyed quilting and fishing. She loved to play bingo. She especially loved spending time with her family.

Funeral services for Lenora Wilson will begin at noon on Monday, June 10, 2019 at the Sutherland-Garnier Funeral Home in Centralia, with the Rev. Elaine Bush officiating. Burial will follow at Mt. Carmel Cemetery in Belleville, Illinois.

Visitation will be held prior to Monday's service, from 10 a.m. to noon at the funeral home.

In honor of Lenora, memorial donations may be made to the Centralia Cultural Society and will be accepted at the Sutherland-Garnier Funeral Home, 235 N. Sycamore St., Centralia, IL 62801, (618) 532-3523, who is honored to be of service to the Wilson family.

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