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Obituaries

August 11, 2008

Yvonne Townsend

Yvonne Townsend, 91, of Covington, died Sunday, Aug. 10, 2008. She lived most of her life in Wabash Township, south of Covington.

Yvonne was born July 7, 1917, to Charles and Agnes McCann Craycraft in Vermilion County, Ill. She married Virgil Townsend in 1937 in Covington. He preceded her in death in 1981, as did her brother, Dwight Craycraft, son-in-law, Ralph Stevens and nephew, Fr. Duane Craycraft.

Surviving is a sister, Lora Gail Keller Jones, Waynetown; a daughter, Page (Ted) Lane, Covington and Zellwood, Fla., and her children, Allison Stevens, Madison, Wis., Mark (Michelle) Stevens, Bolingbrook, Ill., Tara (Hank) Stevens, Englewood, N.J.; a son, Lane (Donna) Townsend, Esko, Minn., and their children, Dawn (Dan) Severance, Pequot Lakes, Minn., Shereen (Shane) Petersen, Spring Grove, Ill., Ryan (Heidi) Townsend, Vancouver, Wash., Deanna (Del) Blue, Vancouver, Wash., Anna (Ryan) Tool, Maryville, Mo., Lindsay (Tim) Mitchell, Shakopee, Minn., Rita (Nate) Shutes, Belle Plaine, Minn., Dolly (Ross) Hilman, Vancouver, Wash., Jeremiah Townsend, McHenry, Ill., Matthew (Lindsay) Townsend, McHenry, Ill., Rachel (Nick) Zachary, Esko, Minn., Katie (Dustin) Stelman, Norfolk, Va., and Cody Townsend, Esko, Minn.; and 24 great-grandchildren. Other survivors include sister-in-law, Ruth Manning Craycraft; nieces, Marie Crouse, Denyse (Larry) Gildersleeve, Dwila (Herb) Fecker, Melody (Dave) Payne, Gailyn Casaday, Betty Townsend, Linda Townsend, and Lorna Rusk; and nephew, Daryel (Rosemary) Townsend.

Yvonne’s sense of humor and spirit delighted family and friends. She felt blessed to have a close relationship with her children, grandchildren and great-grandchildren.

She loved country living, mushrooming, gardening, canning, supporting her children in school, sports and 4-H, and her Covington High School class of 1935. She was an avid basketball fan.

She was active in the Wabash Twp. Birthday Club, Wabash Chapel Ladies Aid, Booklovers Club, Farm Bureau, and the Republican Party. She taught youth Sunday school at Wabash Chapel for many years and delivered Meals on Wheels for over 20 years.

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