Helen LeMaire, 98, of Carthage, IL, died at 10:04 P.M. Friday, August 28, 2020 at Unity Point Health Hospital, Keokuk, IA.
She was born on October 9, 1921, in rural Atlanta, IL, the daughter of Oscar Dale and Nola Margaret (Armstrong) Kelly.
On Sept. 14, 1946, she married Leon Albert LeMaire Sr. in the rectory of Immaculate Conception Catholic Church in Carthage.
She went to San Jose grade and high school graduating in 1939. She then attended Western Illinois State Teacher’s College graduating in 1942. She received her masters at WIU in 1970. She taught in Adams, Christian, and Hancock county schools. She retired from teaching in 1981. She was a member of the Basco Methodist Church, Eastern Star and American Farm Bureau Women’s Committee. She was a Cub Scout leader and assisted the local 4-H club. She loved reading, sewing, beading, cooking, baking, playing cards, and traveling.
Survivors include: two sons, Albert Leon LeMaire Jr. and his wife, Diana, and Louis LeMaire and his wife, Diane, all of Basco; five grandchildren, Matthew (Kelly) LeMaire of Basco, Christopher (Teena) LeMaire of Basco, Amy LeMaire (Adam Disseler) of Quincy, IL, Darcy (Christopher) Buckert of Quincy, IL., and Julie LeMaire (Jesse Kapellusch) of Ft. Lauderdale, FL; six great-grandchildren, Alisza, Colin, Jerick, Cadee, Broxton LeMaire, and Rhett Buckert,; and her sister, Dorothy Swirmicky of Peoria, IL.
She was preceded in death by her husband, Leon LeMaire Sr., her parents, and three sisters.
Funeral services will be held at 10:00 A.M. Friday morning, September 4, 2010, at Printy Funeral Home in Carthage with burial to follow in South Cemetery near Basco, Illinois. Visitation will be held from 5:00 – 8:00 P.M. Thursday evening at Printy Funeral Home in Carthage. Memorials may be directed to the South Cemetery or Basco Community Center. Printy Funeral Home of Carthage is in charge of arrangments.
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