Wilma McCombs

Wilma McCombsWilma McCombs, 84, of Rushville died at 7:45 a.m. May 9, 2007, at Culbertson Memorial Hospital in Rushville.

She was born Nov. 7, 1922, in Rushville, a daughter of Kenneth and Bessie Croxton Bartlett. She married Leland McCombs on Dec. 21, 1940, in Palmyra, Mo. He died Oct. 19, 1977.

She also was preceded in death by one daughter, Janet Lavery.

Surviving are six sons, Jerry (and Sharon) of Galax, Va., Jeffrey (and Mary Jo) of St. Petersburg, Fla., James (and Karen) of Rushville, Jon (and Philda) of Astoria, Jan (and friend Sandy Windsor) and Joel (and Jean), both of Rushville; five daughters, Jerris (and Robert) Oest of Havana, Jennifer (and Lawrence) Volk of Mount Sterling, Jackie (and Dan) Cogswell of Chapin, Joy (and Todd) Mendenhall of Havana and Julia (and Sam) Gregory of Chicago; one sister, Betty Galloway of Mount Sterling; 28 grandchildren; and two great-grandchildren.

She was head cashier at Leo Burnett Advertising Co. in Chicago from 1978 to 1988. She also had been employed as an assistant in Dr. Rosemary Utter’s office, at the Expanded Nutrition Program with University of Illinois Home Extension Office in Schuyler County, as a nurses aide at Culbertson Memorial Hospital, as an EMT for Schuyler County Ambulance Service, as a dispatcher at Schuyler County Police Department, and at Shades Grocery.

She was a member of First United Methodist Church in Rushville. She taught Sunday School classes at Sugar Grove United Methodist Church. She was a member of the Adelaide Rebekah Lodge 381, Business and Professional Women’s Club, and Schuyler American Legion Auxiliary, serving as past president and past district president. She also was a volunteer with the Help Center in Rushville, where she served as the first coordinator, and was a 4-H leader for many years.

Services were held Sunday at Wood Funeral Home in Rushville with Rev. Paul Arnold officiating. Burial was in Rushville City Cemetery.

Memorials may be made to Sugar Grove United Methodist Church, St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital or Culbertson Memorial Hospital Foundation.

Condolences may be sent to www.woodfh.net.


Published in the Astoria South Fulton Argus on 5/16/2007