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Margene M. Kelley

March 10, 1940 — October 13, 2023


Margene M. Kelley passed away Friday October 13, 2023 in comfort at Courtyard Estates of Knoxville. She was born to Earl and Ethel (Tucker) McWilliams on March 10, 1940 in Galesburg IL.


Margene married Harold Kelley on May 29, 1971 and had the light of her life Marcy. She is survived by a son-in-law Matt Hennenfent Dahinda IL, stepdaughter Pat (Kent) Willard Bloomington IL, stepson Duane Kelley Kewanee IL, step-grandson Kevin (Brooke) Kelley and sons, Kewanee IL, step-grandson Kyle Willard Bloomington IL, step-granddaughter Angie (Jerry) Westefer and son, Kewanee IL. Margene is proceeded in death by her daughter Marcy Hennenfent (July 28, 2019) and husband Harold (January 7, 2021).


Growing up a farm girl on the banks of the Spoon River, Margene developed her lifelong love of all animals, especially for dogs, cats and horses. She attended school in Williamsfield and graduated the class of 1958. Margene continued her education at the Brown Business College.

Margene always spoke highly of her jobs and all the people she had the pleasure of working with. Starting at Gale Manufacturing she was proud to help keep the workers going on their projects by assigning the orders. She then moved on to, as known today, the Farm Service Agency where she loved seeing and helping all the farmers and catching up on their families. Later on, Margene finished her work at OSF St Mary’s of Galesburg where many still talk about the baked goods she would bring. In her own words “I loved all my jobs and all the great people I worked with.”


Margene also enjoyed volunteering time at the Methodist Church of Dahinda and for St Jude’s fundraisers at My Place in Yates City. Her friendly “Howdy, howdy” will be missed.

There will be no services. Memorial contributions may be made to the charity of the donor’s choice in her name. Hurd-Hendricks Funeral Homes & Crematory is honoring her wishes. On-line condolences and/or expressions of sympathy may be sent through

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