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JoAnn Mullen of Benton

updated: 1/1/2018 11:03 PM

JoAnn Mullen, 80, of Benton passed away Saturday, Dec. 30, 2017, at her home.

She was born Nov. 24, 1937, in Carrier Mills, the daughter of Joe and Arzella (Barger) Thornton.

She married Virgil Mullen June 9, 1957, in Joliet, and he survives.

She and her husband formerly owned and operated Benton Bowl and Rend Lake Storage. She was a faithful member of Grace Awakening Church.

Mrs. Mullen is survived by her husband, Virgil Mullen of Benton; three children, Dave Mullen and wife Janie of Janesville, Wis., Cindy Faulkner and husband Carley of Benton, and Arlena Baier and husband Max of Valier; grandchildren Natalie, Kyle, Cassie, Jessica, Andy, Art, Angela Rebecca and Jon; great-grandchildren Aidan, Virgil, Sophia, Arlena, Karley and William; two sisters, Delores and Georgia; one stepsister, Anita; two stepbrothers, Dow and Jack; and lots of loving relatives.

Mrs. Mullen was preceded in death by her parents; stepmother Francis Thornton; son Norman Ray; grandson Nathan; and brother Ray.

Funeral services will be held at 11 a.m. Saturday, Jan. 6, 2018, at Morton and Johnston Funeral Home in Benton with the Rev. Ken Petty officiating. Burial will be at Harrison Cemetery in Buckner. Visitation will be from 6 to 8 p.m. Friday at the funeral home.

In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to the family to assist with expenses. They will be accepted at the funeral home at any time.

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