Verna Claire “Bowie” Hannah, 94, of Texico, Illinois, died at 4:00 a.m. Sunday, May 4, 2014, at her home.
She was born on July 18, 1919, in Peru, Illinois, the daughter of Lewis Andrew and Marion Louise (Housman) Buffinger. On August 13, 1939, she married Robert J. Webb, and they moved to the University of Illinois Dixon Springs Agricultural Center in Pope County, Illinois, where she raised three sons and was chief cook for visiting scholars. She later married Harold W. “Hank” Hannah, a law professor at University of Illinois and Southern Illinois University, on June 5, 1965, and they moved to Texico, Illinois, where she worked as his legal secretary. She traveled the world, photographing birds and painting portraits.
She was a graduate of DePue High School, and attended the University of Illinois. She was a member of the Audubon Society, and the Chowder Club. She was a reader, a writer, and an artist, and loved music.
She is survived by two sons, Richard L. Webb of Simpson, Illinois, and Grover C. Webb and wife Shirley of Simpson, Illinois; Four grandchildren, Ross Webb, Julie Webb of Mt. Vernon, Illinois, Ginger Nicholson and husband Carl of Metropolis, Illinois, and James Webb and wife Becky of Naperville, Illinois; and Five great grandchildren, Keeton Reynolds, Kaleb, Mitchell, and Carlee Nicholson, and Abigail Webb.
She was preceded in death by her husband, Harold Hannah; a son, James R. Webb; her parents; a brother, Wayne Buffinger; and a sister, Marion Gagin.
In accordance with her wishes, her body was cremated, and a memorial service will be held at 11:00 a.m. Monday, May 12, 2014, at First United Methodist Church in Mt. Vernon, Illinois, with Rev. Phil Poe officiating. Visitation will be held Monday, May 12, 2014, from 10:00 a.m. to 11:00 a.m., at the church.
As per her wishes, her remains will be spread on Tanglefoot Ranch, in Pope County, at a later date.
Memorials may be made to WSIU or the Cedarhurst Center for the Arts, and will be received at the church, or by mail to the Osborn Funeral Home, P.O. Box 130, Dix, Illinois 62830. Online condolences may be made to www.osbornfuneralhomeinc.com.