Sarah Pickel

Sarah E. Pickel, 96, of Morton, formerly of Ipava, died at 8:36 a.m. Monday, Dec. 25, 2000, at Morton Villa Nursing Center.

She was born Nov. 16, 1904, in Vermont, the daughter of Wilson and Minnie Belle Hayes Rakestraw. She married Benjamin Belvill in 1920 in Mount Grove, Mo. He died June 23, 1923. She then married Virgia E. Pickel on Dec. 31, 1925, in Lewistown. He died May 19, 1975.

She also was preceded in death by five sons, including Walter and Roy Belvill; one daughter, Irma Coulter; three grandchildren; and two great-grandchildren.

Surviving are two sons, Donald (and Ruth) Pickel of Ozark, Mo., and Marlin (and Joann) Pickel of Bartonville; one daughter, Virginia Gilmore of East Peoria; 14 grandchildren; 34 great-grandchildren; and 17 great-great-grandchildren.

She was a homemaker.

Services were held Saturday at Shawgo Memorial Home in Ipava with Rev. Kevin Kessler officiating. Burial was in Ipava Cemetery.

Published in the Astoria South Fulton Argus on 12/27/2000 (pending) and 1/3/2001

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