by Rita Cox

Leora May Lillard, 95 of Stronghurst, Illinois died October 3, 2015 at Oak Lane Nursing and Rehab in Stronghurst.

She was born July 24, 1920 in Monticello, Missouri, the daughter of Herbert and Susan Bilies Hinton. On August 4, 1939, she married Evard Lillard in Canton, Missouri. He preceded her in death on July 27, 2006.

Mrs. Lillard lived most of adult life near Stronghurst. She was a farm whose most important things were her family and her church. She enjoyed cooking, sewing and canning, and was an active member of the Stronghurst Christian Church.

Survivors include two daughters, Carol Alvis of Pekin, Illinois, Elaine (Kris) McElhattan of Stronghurst, five grandchildren and ten great grandchildren.

She was preceded in death by her husband, parents, one grandchild, and ten brothers and sisters.

The funeral for Mrs. Lillard will be held at 10:30 a.m. October 7, 2015 in the Stronghurst Christian Church with Steve Minkler officiating.

Burial will follow in the Olena Cemetery.

A memorial fund has been established for the Stronghurst Christian Church.

Condolences may be left at banksandbeals.com.