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Obituary for Thelma Loretta Allensworth
Mrs. Thelma Loretta (McNary) Allensworth, 98, of New Canton, Illinois, passed away at 7:25 p.m. Friday, June 1, 2012, at the Barry Community Care Center in Barry. She was born March 17, 1914 in St. Louis, Missouri, to Charles & Loretta (Pfeiffer) McNary of New Canton, Illinois. She married Casper Briggs Allensworth on November 7, 1931, in Pittsfield, Illinois. He preceded her in death in February, 1965. She is survived by 2 daughters - Sandra (Lester) Vincent of Hull, Ill. and Janice (John) Shue of Barry, Ill.; 2 daughters-in-law - Mary Catherine Allensworth of Barry, Ill. and Mary Rozanna Allensworth of Monroe City, Mo.; 1 brother, Paul McNary of Sunset Home, Quincy, Ill.; 3 sisters-in-law, Mrs. Marjorie McNary and Mrs. Wanda McNary of Payson, Ill. and Mrs. Maude McNary of Quincy, Ill.; and a number of nieces and nephews. She is also survived by her greatest joys, 14 grandchildren, Patrick Allensworth (Diane Norton) of Mendota, Ill.; Betsy (Don) Vincent Krause of Kirksville, Mo.; Danny (Cheryl) Shue of Fowler, Ill.; Brady Allensworth of Wichita, Ks.; Michael Vincent of Urbana, Ill.; Darren Shue of Pittsburgh, Pa.; Tracy Owens (Donald Durall) of Sterling, Ill.; Eric Allensworth of Compton, Ill.; Leslie (Eric) Duncan of Hull, Ill.; Kevin (Angela) Allensworth of DeWitt, Ia.; Kelly (Mike) Allensworth Lundberg of Hull, Ill.; Linda (Jim) Vincent Luedtke of Downers Grove, Ill.; Rogenia (Rod) Allensworth Little of Winchester, Ill.; and Cheryl (Ken) Allensworth Patterson of Monroe City, Mo. 19 great grandchildren: Addie Allensworth of Mendota, Ill.; Margo, William & Scott Krause of Kirksville, Mo.; John Phillip & Ethan Shue of Pittsburgh, Pa.; Courtney (Alen) Duncan Wilkening of Hull, Ill.; Quinton (Kelsey) Duncan of Hull, Ill.; Daphne (Matt) Allensworth Kuehl of New Bern, N. C.; Jeremy (Liz) Allensworth of Fulton, Ill.; Wesley Allensworth (fiance Danielle Witte) of Iowa City, Iowa; Casey Allensworth of DeWitt, Ia.; Erin (Jason) Lundberg Dohrman of Highlands Ranch, Colo.; Jordan Lundberg of Hull, Ill.; Clayton (Tiffany) Luedtke of Madison, Wis.; Whitney Luedtke of Downers Grove, Ill.; Melissa (Andrew) Little Wilson of Tolono, Ill.; Ryan (Megan) Little of Winchester, Ill.; and Kelsey Little of Winchester, Ill. and 2 step great grandchildren: Megan Scheufele of Pilot Grove, Mo. and Braxton Scheufele of Fowler, Ill. 10 great great grandchildren: Cowan, Brennah & Emery Dohrman of Highlands Ranch, Colo.; Lily & Anna Wilson of Tolono, Ill.; Kyleigh Allensworth of Fulton, Ill.; Jackson & Emerson Little of Winchester, Ill.; Ethan Kuehl of New Bern, N. C.; and Ryne Wilkening of Hull, Ill. Mrs. Allensworth was preceded in death by her parents, her husband, 2 sons, Lyle Eugene Allensworth and Garrill Newton Allensworth; her younger sister, Dorthea McNary; 5 brothers, Alto McNary, Cletus McNary, Cyril McNary, Mike McNary & Hugh McNary and 3 sisters-in-law, Virginia (Paul) McNary, Marjorie (Mike) McNary and Maxine (Hugh) McNary. Mrs. Allensworth attended New Canton High School. She spent most of her married life on a farm where she and her husband reared four children. She enjoyed having a large garden from which she did a lot of canning and freezing, as well as enjoying the many flowers that she had planted. During her children's school years, she volunteered for many school events and functions. She, along with two other ladies, was very instrumental in implementing a hot lunch program by making soup and sandwiches for the New Canton Grade School students. Mrs. Allensworth also was a very active member of the Order of the Eastern Star of New Canton, Illinois where she held many offices through the years and traveled throughout the state visiting other orders as a guest officer. After her husband's death, she moved into New Canton and opened a cafe which she operated for several years. After her retirement, Mrs. Allensworth was quite active doing volunteer service with RVSP and made over 100 baby quilts for both Quanada in Quincy, Ill. and for St. Francis Hospital in Peoria, Ill. for AIDS affected babies. In addition to her love of quilting and other hand sewing, she really enjoyed playing cards, games (Scrabble being her favorite) and crossword puzzles. Her greatest pleasure though was her family and being available to help with the little ones. She quickly became acquainted with each grandchild and truly loved each one of them. She was a member of the First Assembly of God Church in Hannibal, Missouri and also attended the Maranatha Church in New Canton, Ill. Mrs. Allensworth, who devoted herself to her family, was dearly loved and will be greatly missed by all of her family. Visitation will be held from 9:00 - 11:00 a.m. Wednesday, June 6, 2012, at the Kirgan Funeral Home in Barry. Funeral services will be held at 11:00 a.m. Wednesday, June 6, 2012, at the Kirgan Funeral Home in Barry. Burial will be in Shearer Cemetery in New Canton. Memorials are suggested to the New Canton Fire Department.