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Thursday, Dec. 26, 2013 12:01 am

CECILE MARIE WOODSON-WHEATLEY May 22, 1935-May 26, 2013

My mother was born in Vicksburg, Miss., but she had been a resident of Springfield since the age of 2. Most people old enough may remember her as the daughter of the Hay Homes Legend “Virgin Mary Ha...
Thursday, Dec. 26, 2013 12:01 am

RILEY GRAHAM SEVERNS Nov. 3, 1997-Aug. 10, 2013

Beloved son of Richard and Dana Severns of Rochester, Riley Severns, from the moment he set foot on this earthly blue sphere on Nov. 3, 1997, until his departure for his heavenly palace on Aug. 10, 20...
Thursday, Dec. 26, 2013 12:01 am

GRACE ELEANOR MURDOCK Aug. 16, 1918-March 14, 2013

Grace Murdock, you could say, was a real pistol.Upon her death at 94 last spring, Murdock’s son, Mitchell, found a .22-caliber gun in her nightstand at Concordia Village, where she lived the final d...
Thursday, Dec. 26, 2013 12:01 am
 About the issueOur annual end-of-year obituary issue offers in-depth portraits and personal remembrances of just a few of the hundreds who have passed from the Springfield scene this year. There...
Thursday, Dec. 27, 2012 06:04 pm

Dec. 18, 1964 – Sept. 17, 2012

Remembering Becky is an everyday thing. When someone made you laugh so much it hurt, you want to bring back that memory as much as possible. I heard of her passing and I had to wrap my brain around it...
Thursday, Dec. 27, 2012 05:55 pm

MARY LEE LEAHY April 28, 1940-Dec. 12, 2012

Mary Lee Leahy fought for underdogs.Best known for representing state workers in a landmark Supreme Court decision that ended overt patronage in government, the Springfield attorney who succumbed to p...
Thursday, Dec. 27, 2012 05:43 pm
I am honoring my grandmother, Margaret E. VanGeison from Pawnee, who was born on Sept. 30, 1913, and passed away on Oct. 17, 2012. Margaret was 99 years young when she left this earth to be with her h...
Thursday, Dec. 27, 2012 05:03 pm

CHARLES E. ROBBINS Sept. 18, 1934 – April 30, 2012

When a powerful tornado clawed its way through Springfield in 2006, Charles Robbins could have made a fortune selling real estate to homeowners and business owners whose buildings were destroyed. Inst...
Thursday, Dec. 27, 2012 03:58 pm

GROVER E. EVERETT Nov. 3, 1941-Nov. 15, 2012

Grover Everett had at least one James Bond moment.It came at a Lincoln air show in 1988, while Everett was still in his skydiving phase. He was second in line, jumping right after someone who was goin...

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