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April 2, 2020

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Stay-home order extended

Schools back in session. Sort of.

On the front lines
Local store clerks face to face with public

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Former Storm spring athletes ponder futures

People helping others in times of need


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    JEAN CHESTNUT WOODS, 93, of Tuscola, formerly of rural Indianola, Chrisman and Westville, passed away at 11:31 a.m. Saturday, March 21, 2020 at her residence.
  She was born on Dec. 21, 1926, in Granite City, the daughter of Vista Jane Bohannan and Walter Charles Lewis. Jean was one of eight siblings.
    She married Floyd Dean Chesnut on Aug. 12, 1944. Floyd died on Oct. 31, 1973. Jean married Cecil Richard Woods on Sept. 24, 1983. Richard died Feb. 22, 1998.
    Jean is survived by her four children, Judy (William) Milburn of Westville, Joie (Fred) McDonald of Tuscola, Jim (Kathy) Chesnut of Garland, Texas, and Rod (Susan) Chesnut of Flower Mound, Texas; 15 grandchildren; 32 great-grandchildren; and six great-great-grandchildren. She is also survived by two sisters, Virginia McKinney of Dieterich and Terry (Dean) Fritschle of Newton, and 20 nieces and nephews.
    She was preceded in death by her parents, two brothers, three sisters and two great-granddaughters.
    Jean was an active member of the Church of Christ for many years. She served in a wide range of volunteer activities and committees, including president of the Missionary Group, VBS director and Sunday school teacher. Jean also worked at the Chrisman Pleasant Meadows Nursing Home as the volunteer coordinator and the activity director. In her later years, she sewed hundreds of dresses for children in Haiti.
    Her main interests, in addition to her church, included being a 4-H leader, gardening, quilting, writing poems, sewing and photography.
    A celebration of Jean’s life will be held at a later date. Burial will be in the Woodlawn Cemetery, Indianola. Hilligoss Shrader Funeral Home is assisting the family.
    Memorial donations may be made to the Tuscola First Christian Church.
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    RANDY MOREMAN passed away March 30, 2020, at Accolade Healthcare in Paxton.
Randy was born July 11, 1955, the son of Kenneth and Marjory (Pletch) Moreman of Fairmount. They preceded him in death. Also passed are a sister, Vickie Snack, and her daughter, Kelly Snack.
    Randy is survived by a son, Randy Moreman Jr. of Danville; grandson Donovan Wade of Westville; brother Terry (Brenda) Moreman of Fairmount; nieces and nephew, Kevin, Kelly, Holly and Heather and five or six great nieces and nephews.
    Randy graduated from Catlin High School. He farmed with his father and hauled grain for Catlin and Homer grain elevators and for Pletch Trucking of Fairmount. He later retired from Collegiate Cap and Gown in Champaign.
    Randy enjoyed riding around with the top down in his corvettes and was a lifelong Cardinal baseball fan. Randy enjoyed relaxing with friends and living with his wonderful best friend, Merna Beals of Champaign, who preceded him in death about a year ago. The two were inseparable.
    Over the past few years Randy had suffered from a number of strokes, which he finely succumbed to. Randy will be sadly missed.
    Cremation rites will be accorded by Blurton Funeral Home.

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