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Elsie Norene Depue of Du Quoin

  • Elsie Depue of Du Quoin. OBIT

    Elsie Depue of Du Quoin. OBIT

updated: 11/9/2021 12:25 AM

Elsie Norene (Smith) Depue passed away at Du Quoin Nursing and Rehab Center in Du Quoin, Illinois on Friday, Oct. 22, 2021. She passed away peacefully with some of her family by her side.

Elsie was born in Mason City, Illinois to Ira R. and Josephine (Fletcher) Smith on May 29, 1923.

Elsie married Thompson Depue Sr. on Nov. 12, 1940 in Keokuk, Iowa. They celebrated 62 wonderful years of marriage.

They had seven children, Sandra (Victor) Mainwal (1944-2021), Delores (Allen) Davison, Helen (Mike) Schubert, Thompson (Leanna) Depue Jr. (1950-2017), George (Lynda) Depue, April (Dan) Wilson and Patricia (Bob) Norton.

Elsie had a total of 20 grandchildren, 39 great-grandchildren and 10 great-great grandchildren and lots of nieces and nephews.

She was preceded in death by her parents, husband, son, daughter, two grandsons, 1 great granddaughter, 1 great-great granddaughter, two sons-in-laws, 3 brothers and 3 sisters.

Elsie retired from Turco Mfg. Co. in 1980s. She made many friends there.

Elsie always had a smile for everyone. She loved to talk, she loved people.

Memorial services will be at 10 a.m. on Saturday, Oct. 30, 2021 at the Searby Funeral Home in Du Quoin.

Visitors are asked to use social distancing guidelines. Everyone in attendance is required to wear a mask.

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