Alice M. Thurman, 91, of Knoxville, Illinois passed away at her home Monday, February 20, 2017 at 3:33 A.M. Alice was born November 11, 1925 in Delong, Illinois, the daughter of LeRoy and Emily (Decker) Washabaugh. She graduated from Knoxville High School with the class of 1943. Alice married Darwin “Slim” Thurman on July 1, 1944 in Knoxville. He preceded her in death on September 21, 1993. Alice was a supervisor of the paperboys for the Galesburg Register-Mail, and worked at Galesburg Cottage Hospital in admitting and medical records until she retired. After retirement she still volunteered for Cottage Hospital. She has been an Elder member of the First United Presbyterian Church since the age of four. She is survived by her children, Thomas A. (Cathy) Thurman of Mechanicsville, Virginia; Darla (Kevin) Kuhner of Glendale Heights, Illinois; 6 grandchildren, Shawn (Lynn) Murphy, Heather Murphy, Aimee Thurman, Aaron Thurman, Trevor Kuhner, Allison Kuhner, 3 great-grandchildren, Chandler Brown, Chase Brown, Ariana Thurman, cousin, Lyle Decker of Rock Island, Illinois, nieces and nephews, Dave (Betsy) Spencer of Culpepper, Virginia; Carol (Mike) Rogers of Rockford, Illinois; William (Janine) Washabaugh of Ocean Side, California; Emily Derham of Monmouth, Illinois; Paul (Connie) Washabaugh of Crystal Lake, Illinois; and caregiver, Tracy Alstedt-Robbins of Rio, Illinois. She was preceded in death by her husband, Darwin “Slim” Thurman, daughter, Patricia (Michael) Murphy, brothers, Mark Washabaugh, Dale Washabaugh, Bud Washabaugh and her twin brother Alvin Washabaugh, and sister-in-law, Betty (Floyd) Spencer. Visitation will be held Thursday, February 23, 2017 from 1:00 P.M. to 2:00 P.M. at the Hurd-Hendricks Funeral Home in Knoxville, Illinois. The funeral service will directly follow the visitation at 2:00 P.M. Interment will be at the Knoxville Cemetery. Rev. Milton Marquith will be officiating the services. In lieu of flowers memorial contributions can be left to the First United Presbyterian Church in Knoxville. Visit www.hurd-hendricksfuneralhome.com to make online condolences and view the tribute video.
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