Clara Louise Kerley, age 79 years, a resident of Vienna, Illinois, passed away Monday evening, November 26, 2012, at 9:25 p.m. at her home.
Louise was born May 5, 1933 in Johnson County, Illinois. She was the daughter of Elmer Lewis & Mary (Kerley) Baker.
Louise was united in marriage to Thomas Dale Kerley on June 11, 1955 in Peoria, Illinois. He preceded her in death on March 21, 2012.
Her Children – Rodger & Barb Kerley of Grantsburg, IL
Mary & Thomas Wright of the Flatwoods community
Linda & Gary Joliff of Altamont, IL
Grandchildren: Thomas Ray Kerley & Erin Elizabeth Kerley of Grantsburg, IL
James Dale Omohundro of Vienna, IL
Robert & Kelsey Dale of Carbondale, IL
Chris & Shannon Smith of the Flatwoods community
Charles & Tracy Wright of Karnak, IL
Angel & Jason Churchill of Arcola, IL
Megan & Nic Huddleston of Yale, IL
Andrea Joliff-Joergens & Dusty Joergens of Dietrich, IL
Michael Lee Joliff of Altamont, IL
Joe & Jamie Joliff of Altamont, IL
Becky Joliff of Altamont, IL
Great Grandchildren: Lilly A. & Brenton L. Omohundro
Dalton, Logan, Keely, & Kailey Smith
Taylor Anne and Mason Churchill
Austynn Claire and Braddic Dean Huddleston
Tyler, Thomas, and Aiden Wright
Clara Anna Joergens
Two sisters – Faye Holt of Grantsburg, IL and Rhudell Batey of Vienna, IL
A Brother – Carlos Baker of Simpson, IL and Nieces & Nephews
In addition to her parents and husband, Louise was preceded in death by:
A Great Granddaughter – Hannah Evie May Smith
2 Brothers – Elmer Baker and Ray Baker
A Sister – Eva Mendize
Louise had worked as an in-home health care provider and had formerly been employed at the Good Luck Glove Factory in Vienna.
She was of the Baptist Faith. Louise was a member of the Amvets. She enjoyed reading, completing word search puzzles and making embroidered hand crafts. Louise also created magnetic figurines and woven pot holders.
Funeral services will be held Friday morning, November 30, 2012, at 11:30 AM at Bailey Funeral Home in Vienna. Louise’s nephew, Rev. Deon Newton will officiate.
Burial will be in the Kerley Cemetery in the Flatwoods community.
Visitation will be from 10:30 AM – 11:30 AM Friday at Bailey Funeral Home in Vienna.
Memorials may be made to the Kerley Cemetery, c/o Donnie Morris, 146 Bull Pen Road, Simpson, IL 62985 or to the family to assist with expenses.