Jean Demaree

Jean M. Demaree, 82, of rural Rushville died at 3:37 p.m. Friday, Sept. 15, 2000, at her home.

She was born Nov. 20, 1917, in Wausaukee, Wis., a daughter of Rev. Harry A. and Gertrude Potter Lothian. She married Raymond Sevier Demaree on Sept. 26, 1948, in Mattoon. He died Feb. 23, 1997.

She also was preceded in death by one sister.

Surviving are four sons, David (and Tammy) of Quincy, Eric of the Philippines, John (and Teresa Smitzer) of Rushville and Bryan of Kerrville, Texas; three daughters, Margaret Demaree of Pittsfield, Mass., Camilla (and David) Bruemmer of Decatur and Lisa (and Kenny) Runkle of Springfield; nine grandchildren; and several nieces and nephews.

She attended Illinois College and graduated in 1939 from MacMurray College, both in Jacksonville.

She taught at the mission school in Chimayo, N.M. She taught in Witt, Roodhouse, Jacksonville and Springfield and also in Wisconsin Rapids, Wis., until her marriage. She taught in the Astoria School District from 1963 until 1978, when she retired.

She was a member of Kumler United Methodist Church in Springfield and a former member of First United Methodist Church in Rushville. She also was a former member of Northminster Presbyterian Church in Jacksonville, where her father was a former minister.

She was a member of the Schuy-Rush Chapter of the Illinois Audubon Society, Illinois Retired Teacher's Association and Women's Federation.

Memorial services were held today at First Presbyterian Church in Rushville with Revs. Alice Davenport and Roosevelt Smith II officiating. Cremation has been accorded and burial of ashes was in Rushville City Cemetery. Worthington Funeral Home was in charge of arrangements.

Memorials may be made to Cass-Schuyler Area Hospice.


Published in the Astoria South Fulton Argus on 9/20/2000

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