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Leona V. Yocum

Leona V. Yocum, 98, of Bushnell passed away peacefully at 9:30 p.m. Wednesday September 2 at Courtyard Estates of Bushnell. She was born October 5, 1921 in Macomb Township the 5th child of 11, to Simon and Lillian (Battin) Spangler. She married Clair James Yocum on February 28, 1942 in Kahokia, MO. He preceded her in death on October 20, 2009. Surviving are four children, Marcia (James) Wood of Alta Loma, CA; James (Anna) Yocum of South Pekin, IL; Dana (Tom) Ford of Lewistown, IL; Karen (Ken) Cameron of Bushnell, IL; seven grandchildren, Keith (Michelle) Lowe, Jeff Lowe, Jennifer Cameron, Jaclyn Cameron, Brian (Veronica) Ford, Valerie (Aaron) Brooks and Veronica Nicole Yocum; several step-grandchildren and great-grandchildren; one brother Richard Duane “Cap” (Linda) Spangler of Bushnell, IL and numerous nieces and nephews. She was preceded in death by her parents, husband and nine siblings, Ida Kitch, Theodore Spangler, Alice Whittier, George Spangler, Verl Spangler, Jean Swartzbaugh, Evelyn Griffith, Ernest “Spud” Spangler, Mary Cadwalader and several nieces and nephews. Leona graduated from Bushnell Prairie City High School in 1939. After graduation she worked for Mikelberry’s Meat Processing plant until starting her family. She then helped Clair on the farm and raised their children as a quintessential farm housewife. She spent time sewing, gardening, canning, quilting, and reading. Leona enjoyed visiting family and playing cards and games. She served as a township election judge for many years as well as being called to serve on county and federal juries. She was a member of the Ladies Farm Bureau Home Extension. Graveside services will be held 2:00 p.m. Tuesday September 8 at the Forest Lawn Memory Gardens Cemetery with Pastor David Campbell officiating. A public viewing will be held prior to services from 9:00 a.m. until 11:00 a.m. at the Martin-Hollis Funeral Home without family present. Due to the current Covid-19 restrictions, masks are required at all times and we are limited to 50 attendees at a time. We ask that those in attendance please pay their respects and quickly exit the funeral home and remember to social distance. Memorial Contributions can be made to the American Cancer Society or Hospice Compassus of Galesburg. Please sign the guestbook and leave condolences at

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