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Aikens, Valaida Josephine 74, of Waukegan, Illinois died Friday, April 11, 2014 at The Franciscan St. James Health Hospital in Olympia Fields, Illinois. Valaida was born to Joseph and Margaret Aikens as the eldest of three siblings on February 25, 1940 in Chicago, Illinois. The family moved to North Chicago when she was two years old. She attended North Chicago High School District 64 graduating in 1958. Later she later attended and graduated from Lydia's System of Beauty Culture located on South Michigan Ave. in Chicago, Illinois on June 19, 1960. She was a licensed beautician as a lifetime career and was known and appreciated by her clientele. Valaida worked for Allstate Insurance Company in Northbrook, Illinois for several years as a customer service representative. Valaida dedicated her life to serve Jehovah and symbolized that dedication in water baptism in March of 1968 and had continued to serve Jehovah to the end of her life. Survivors include her sister, Deborah (Leslie) Scott; six nephews, Raynard, David, Darren (Darlenn), Maurice Turnipseed, Roderick and Timothy Scott; two nieces, Michelle (Stanley), Griffin and Tiffany Turnipseed; along with a host of great-nephews, great-nieces, cousins, aunts, uncles and loving friends. She was preceded in death by her parents, Margaret and Joseph Aikens; her brother, Willie Richard Aikens; her sister, Loretta Turnipseed; her grandmother, Clara Davis, and her grandfather, William Davis. Service Saturday, April 19 at 1:00 p.m. at the Kingdom Hall of Jehovah's Witnesses, 2022 Argonne Drive, North Chicago, Brother Richard Ellis officiating. Read Obituary
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Cosby, Eugene Vanilee Olive Branch, MS - Eugene V. Cosby, 78, passed away peacefully Tuesday, April 15, 2014 at Tunica Nursing Home in Tunica, MS. Gene was born December 12, 1935 in Monroe County, the son of Compton V. and Allie O. (Mize) Cosby. He was a Baptist and was saved at Central Grove Baptist Church in Nettleton. He went to school in the Nettleton area until the family moved to Illinois in 1951 where he attended high school. Gene worked a variety of jobs including at a bowling alley as a pin-setter, bottling soda, running printing presses at various print shops, and then was employed by Goodyear until retiring and moving back to TN and most recently lived in Olive Branch MS. Gene was married to Diana Nichols in 1959 in Waukegan, IL where they settled and started a family. He joined ROTC in high school and later was in the United States Marine Reserves. He enjoyed car racing, especially Nascar, traveling and loved telling stories of his childhood and visiting with family and friends. He is survived by his daughter, Carrie Cosby and son, Rex Lee Cosby; 3 grandchildren; 13 great-grandchildren; brother, Leroy (Frances) Cosby of Lawrence, KS and sister, Joyce (Guy) Gold of N Ft. Meyers, FL and several cousins, nephews and nieces. Gene was preceded in death by his parents, sisters, Laverne and Eddie; brothers, Robert and Clarence (Max); and nephew, Mark. Funeral Service will be held at 2pm, Tuesday April 22, 2014 at E.E. Pickle Funeral Home in Amory with Bro. Clyde Mize officiating. Burial will follow in Durrett Cemetery. Palbearers will be Clyde Mize, Sam Mize and Brian Thomason. Visitation will prior to the service on Tuesday from 11am until 1:45pm. Memories and condolences may be shared with the family at eepicklefuneralhome.com . Read Obituary
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Iwema, Rodney A. 74, of Gurnee, passed away March 29, 2014 at Libertyville Manor. He was born June 14, 1939 in Chicago to the late John A. and Minnie Iwema. On June 10, 1961 in South Holland, Illinois, Rodney married the love of his life, Diane Ippel. Survived by his loving, caring wife of 52 years, Diane; "Pops" to children, Kent (Sherri) Iwema, Cheryl (Eric) Dorobek and Darrell Iwema; brother, Larry (Kathy) Iwema; sister-in-law, Sharon (Randy) Boonstra; "Umpa" to grandchildren, Kaleen, Connor and Cole Iwema, Jessica and Joshua Dorobek; and one niece and three nephews. Rod graduated from Hope College in Holland, Michigan in 1962, received his Master's Degree from University of Illinois; was a teacher and administrator in Harvey and Dolton, Illinois and Superintendent of Gurnee School District 56 from 1974-1982. He was a State Farm Insurance Agent until his retirement in 2001. He was active in Boy Scouts earning the rank of Eagle. His life was filled with many activities and hobbies. He loved to travel, bike ride, hike, scuba dive, camp, geocache; enjoyed creating stained glass art, jewelry from tumbled rocks, woodworking, photography and collecting. He was his children and grandchildren's number one fan to all their events. He and Diane traveled extensively visiting all of the 50 states, trips to Europe and 223 lighthouses. He was an active member of Gurnee Community Church, Gurnee and Grayslake Exchange Clubs and Gagewood Lions Club. He was a trustee for the Grayslake Fire Department. A Celebration of Life will be Saturday, April 26th with visitation, 10:00am-12:00noon, service at noon with luncheon to follow at Gurnee Community Church, 4555 Old Grand Avenue, Gurnee with Pastor Brian Walter officiating. Inurnment will be at Warren Cemetery, Gurnee. In lieu of flowers, donations to the Michael J. Fox Parkinson's Foundation. Condolences, www.warrencemetery.com . Read Obituary
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Moore, Jacqueline Ann Puckett Was born on May 9, 1951 in Charleston, Missouri to the union of the late William and Catherine Puckett. She was one of nine children. She passed away peacefully on April 9, 2014. Jacqueline was united in holy matrimony to the love of her life, George W. Moore, on September 22, 1984. To this union one son was born, Kyle W. Moore. Jacqueline was employed with the Supreme Life Insurance Company, the Equitable Insurance Company, and the Baxter Corporation (Gene Therapy Division) from which she took an early retirement. Jacqueline leaves to cherish her loving memories and carry on her warm spirit: her soul mate and faithful husband, George W. Moore; devoted son, Kyle W. Moore; one stepdaughter, Toya Henderson of Raytown, MO; two sisters, June (Tommy) Sinkfield of Kenosha, WI and Frances Hunter of Zion, IL; two brothers, William L. (Claudette) Puckett of Zion, IL and Charles George of Chicago, IL; mother in-law, Annie L. Moore of Kansas City, MO; two cousins, Joyce (Norman) Carr of Chesapeake, VA, and Ronald (Tammy) Smith of Round Lake Beach, IL; brothers-in-law; sisters-in-law, and a host of nephews, nieces, friends and special friend, Dr. Nancy Nora, Nephrologist at Highland Park Hospital. Jacqueline was preceded in death by her parents, William and Catherine Puckett; 4 brothers, Donnie Puckett, Spencer Puckett, Kirby Puckett and Ronnie Puckett; one aunt, Salitha Smith and one uncle, Roy Smith. A Celebration of Her Life Service will be held at 11:00 a.m., Saturday, April 19, 2014 at North Shore Church of Christ, 326 Julian Street, Waukegan, IL. Brother Terry Atwater, Officiating. Visitation will begin at 10:00 a.m. Interment will be at Warren Cemetery, Gurnee, IL. Arrangements by Bradshaw & Range Funeral Home, 2513 Dugdale Rd., Waukegan, IL Please sign guest book at www.bradshaw-range.com . Read Obituary
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