Wilma Irene Hapeman, 89, of Woodlawn, died at 12:50 a.m. Friday, Nov. 13, 2013, at Good Samaritan Regional Health Center in Mt. Vernon.
She was born June 19, 1924, in Jefferson County, the daughter of James H. and Mary (Benjamin) Whitsell. She married Addison Hapeman on Dec. 24, 1946, in Jefferson County, and he preceded her in death on Sept. 15, 1993.
She is survived by two sons, Mark Hapeman and wife Patty of Salem and Bruce Hapeman and wife Brenda of Woodlawn; six grandchildren, Nolan Hapeman, Sara Parrish and husband T.J., Mallory Hapeman, Jayson Hapeman, Sean Horn and Amber Horn-Illum; and two great-grandchildren, Riley and Max Parrish.
She was preceded in death by her parents; one daughter, Diane Hapeman; three brothers, Ted Whitsell, Lyman Whitsell and Frank Whitsell; three sisters, Lela Scovill, Elsie LaGesse and Stella Draege; and one sister-in-law, Elaine Scrivner.
Wilma worked as a registered nurse at Murray Center for 25 years before retirement and helped her husband farm. She was a devout Christian woman who was a member of Fouts Christian Church in Centralia, and considered the other members of that church community her own family. She taught Sunday school for many years. She was widely acclaimed throughout the state as an amateur botanist. Wilma was an avid reader and enjoyed quilting.
Per her wishes, she will be cremated and memorial services will be held at a later date at Fouts Christian Church.
Memorials may be made to the Fouts Christian Church and will be accepted at the funeral home or mailed to Hughey Funeral Home, PO Box 721, Mt. Vernon, Il. 62864.
Arrangements have been entrusted to the care of Hughey Funeral Home where you may call 242-3348 or visit www.hugheyfuneralhome1969.com for further information and to send condolences.