Clara J. Monson, 85, of Galesburg, Illinois went home to the Lord at 6:10 A.M. Saturday, November 12, 2016 at OSF St. Francis Medical Center, Peoria, Illinois. She was born on August 14, 1931 in Lucerne, Missouri, the daughter of Earl and Opal (Guymon) Snyder. She married Merle Monson on March 22, 1953 at Cameron Christian Church, Cameron, Illinois. Clara is survived by her husband, Merle of Galesburg, Illinois; one daughter, Debra (Steve) Nott of Galesburg, Illinois; one son, Jeff (Sunday) Monson of Lawrence, Kansas; seven grandchildren, Chris Rushing of Galesburg, Illinois, Cory Monson of Ottawa, Kansas, Matthew and Timothy Monson of Lawrence, Kansas, and Elizabeth, Zachary, and Seth Maples of Lawrence, Kansas; seven great grandchildren, Brendan and Macie Rushing of Galesburg, Illinois, Ethan, Caleb, and Gabriel Monson of Ottawa, Kansas, and Steven and Justin Mastin of Galesburg, Illinois; one aunt, Ruth Denisar of Champaign, Illinois; and several cousins. She was preceded in death by her parents, one brother, Jack, and one sister, Rita. Clara grew up in and around Cameron, Illinois. She graduated from Galesburg High School in 1949. She spent almost 30 years with Fidelity Federal Savings and Loan (now First Mid Illinois Bank). Clara volunteered at the Rescue Mission for 14 years and also the OAKS. She loved country music and enjoyed rubber stamping. Clara was a dedicated wife, mother, and grandmother and she loved everyone to pieces. Funeral service will be at 11:00 A.M. Tuesday, November 15, 2016 at Hurd-Hendricks Funeral Home, Knoxville, Illinois. Visitation will be held Tuesday, November 15, 2016 from 9:30 A.M. to 11:00 A.M. at the funeral home. Rev. Dave Sholl will officiate. Burial will take place at East Linwood Cemetery, Galesburg, Illinois. Memorials may be made to the OAKS, the Galesburg Rescue Mission, or donor’s choice. Hurd-Hendricks Funeral Home in Knoxville, Illinois is in charge of arrangements. Online condolences may be sent through www.hurd-hendricksfuneralhomes.com
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