Shirley Turner Hessing

Shirley Turner Hessing

Shirley Turner Hessing, 82, of Dunlap passed away at 9:20 a.m. Monday, Sept. 9, 2019, at her residence.

She was born Feb. 16, 1937, in Louisiana, Missouri, to Pauline and John W. Turner, Jr. She married Brock L. Hessing, Sr. Aug. 14, 1960, in Louisiana, Missouri. He survives.

Also surviving are her children Brock (Robyn) Hessing, Jr. of Arkansas, Elizabeth (Robert) Nogaj of Dunlap, J. Boger (Jennifer) Hessing of Brimfield and Hannah (Robert) Watts of Missouri; and her grandchildren Brock III, John, Grant, Jessica, Annie, Grace, Jake, Madelyn, Cade, MacKenzie and Easton.

She is preceded in death by her parents and her grandson, Jacob Turner Watts.

Shirley graduated from the University of Missouri with a Bachelor of Science in Education and was a member of Tri Delta sorority. She taught fourth grade at Eugene Field School in Missouri, Monticello Elementary School in Indiana, and McKee Elementary School in Iowa prior to starting her family. When Shirley’s children were grown, she returned to her love of teaching as a teacher’s aide at Dunlap Elementary School.

Shirley was a committed volunteer and was involved in several community and school organizations. She was a member of the PEO Sisterhood (KX Chapter). She was a member of the Junior League of Des Moines and Peoria; serving as PATH Chairman, SCREEN Captain, Julep’s Closet Department Chairman and as a Membership Placement Advisor. She volunteered for the American Cancer Society as the Township and North Peoria County Chairman for the residential crusade and later served as a Board Member. Shirley was a board member for the Dunlap School Parents Club and very active in the Athletic Boosters Club for many years.

Shirley was a member of the Prospect United Methodist Church in Dunlap. Her passion was raising her family and caring for others. She loved to collect antiques, garden and cook, and was an avid animal lover. Shirley was a loving wife, mother, grandmother and friend to all.

Shirley’s funeral service will be at 10 a.m. Sept. 14 at Prospect United Methodist Church in Dunlap with Rev. Steve Pichaske and Deacon Bonnie Mankle officiating. Visitation will be from 5 to 7 p.m. Sept. 13 at Prospect United Methodist Church with further visitation one hour before services from 9 to 10 a.m. Saturday at the church. Burial will be at Jubilee College State Park Cemetery in Brimfield.

Memorial contributions may be given to Alzheimer’s Association, Central Illinois Chapter, 614 West Glen Avenue, Peoria, IL 61614.

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