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Button Pemberton

Apr 7th, 1945 - Apr 29th, 2022

Graveside Ceremony: 10:30 a.m. on Saturday, May 14, 2022, at Floral Garden of Memories Cemetery, Flora

Those attending are asked to arrive directly at the cemetery.


Please note that this service is a week from this coming Saturday on May 14.


     Maria Elena “Button” Pemberton, age 77, of Flora, Illinois, passed away Friday, April 29, 2022, peacefully at home surrounded by her family.

     She was born April 7, 1945, in Harrisburg, the second child and only daughter of David Howard and Agnes Marie (Walton) Schoonover.

     Button graduated from Flora High School in 1963, and then enrolled and completed several college courses.

     She married Thomas Lewis Pemberton on October 31, 1975, in Louisville.  It was a running joke in the family that it was the only day witches could get married.  Button was far from a witch, as she was a very loving daughter, wife, mother, grandmother, great-grandmother, and a true and loyal friend.  She enjoyed her monthly lunches with friends, especially her long-time friend, Jean Guerrettaz.

     Button enjoyed vegetable and flower gardening, reading, embroidery, cross stitch, feeding and watching the birds, genealogy, spending time with her fur babies and most importantly her family.

     During her lifetime she worked for Fred McCollum at Smith, McCollum, & Riggle Attorneys at Law, First National Bank of Flora, and she and Tom were the owners and operators of East End Liquors.  After retirement she returned to work at local long term care facilities and Edward Jones.

     Two highlights in her life were attending the Walk to Emmaus Religious Retreat in Santa Claus, Indiana, and a weeklong trip to Savannah, Georgia with the Girl Scouts to visit the home of Juliette Lowe, founder of the Girl Scouts. 

     She was a past Board member of Southeastern Illinois Counseling Centers, a former Girl Scout leader, and a member of the Flora American Legion Auxiliary.    

     She is survived by her husband: Tom Pemberton of Flora; children: Jami Marie (Tony) Gibbons of Louisville, Jacki Michele (the late Mike) Sehie of Flora, Chad (Deana) Pemberton of Flora, and William Christopher (Alicia) Wildbur of Edgewood; grandchildren: Jenifer (Brandon) Gibbons of Flora, Jason (Morgan) Gibbons of Flora, Gabriel (Kelsey) Gibbons of Louisville, Mackenzi Windle of Flora, Bart Briscoe of Flora, Sydney Rudolphi of Noble, Dallas Mulvaney, Teagan Robinson of Cisne, Brian Pemberton of Flora, Bailey Fleming of Olney, Jayden Fleming of Olney, and Halli Stanley of Olney; great-grandchildren: Eli Schnepper, Elena Powless, and Alexa, Mariah, and Zaine Gibbons, Grayson Parker, and Ethan, Emma, Aaron, and Anderson (A.J.) Gibbons, Avery Henderson, Reese Briscoe, and Kaisley Robinson; an expectant first great-great-grandchild; estranged brother: Stephen Howard Schoonover; sister-in-law: Donna Schoonover; brother-in-law: Ed (Dena) McCracken; nieces: Laura Schoonover, Julianna (Don) Bowling, and Joni Pickel; nephews: Mike (Paige) McElroy, Rodney Pickel, Keith (Linda) England, John (Mary) England, and Ed McCracken Jr.; a cousin: Donna Kay Burlison; and her fur babies: Bear, Scrappy, Twinkie, and Fred.  

     She was preceded in death by her parents; sons: David Arrah Pickel-Pemberton and Michael Wade Pickel; a brother: William “Bill” Leo Schoonover; sisters-in-law: Janet Fay England and Vickie Sue McCracken; brother-in-law: Larry England; mother-in-law: Leona Pemberton Totten; father-in-law: Verne Pemberton; son-in-law: Michael Sehie; and beloved pets Garfield, Sally, and Bianca.

     A graveside ceremony will be held at 10:30 a.m. on Saturday, May 14, 2022, at Floral Garden of Memories Cemetery, Flora.  Those attending are asked to arrive directly at the cemetery.  Arrangements are by Frank & Bright Funeral Home in Flora.  Memorial donations are suggested to Clay County Cancer Crusaders and will be accepted through the funeral home.  To share a memory or condolence, visit:   


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Rick & Darwin VanDyke

May 1st

We Are So Very Sorry For Your Loss! Button Was A Special Lady And A True Friend Since Childhood! Please Know We Hold You All In Our Thoughts And Prayers!!

David Bryden

May 1st

Lifelong friend neighbor and classmate, rest in peace Maria, and my prayers and condolences to the entire family.

Mary Reynolds

May 1st

Condolences to the family 🌹

Larry Davis ...

May 1st

My condolences to Button's family. Button was such a good and caring person, knowing her in our Flora High School Daze ...

Peggy Shroyer Leigh

May 1st

Comforting prayers to you all. Button's was a loving lady. She'll be missed dearly. Rest in peace my friend

Cassia Wood

May 2nd

My thoughts and prayers are with all of Miss Button's family and friends during this time. She was a beautiful person inside and out. She will be missed and always remembered!

Steve and Nancy Mink

May 2nd

So sorry to hear this. Our thoughts and prayers are with you.

Mike and Sharon Gray

May 2nd

So sorry for your loss. Button was a wonderful caring lady. Always had a smile for you. Prayers of comfort for all the family and friends.

Diane W. Zipay

May 2nd

My condolences to her family and friends. Button was a friend from high school who I enjoyed seeing at reunions and on facebook. She will be greatly missed.

Nikki Guerrettaz

May 2nd

What a kind and good person, and so caring and gentle. I am so thankful she was in my mom’s life, and mine. I was very lucky to know her. Peace now, Button. Love you.

Danny and Brenda Bradham

May 2nd

Had a lot of fun with buttons lotta good memories time you and all the family are in our prayers may God comfort you in this sad time

Bud & Linda (King) Martin

May 2nd

Tom, Jacki and Family: We are we so sorry for your loss. Button was a delightful woman who always had a sweet smile and a kind word. She will be missed by all who knew her. You’re all in our prayers. RIP Button❤️

Ken Waylon Jennings

May 2nd

One of the sweetest person. I've ever known. So sorry for the family and world's loss.

John & Janie Davis

May 2nd

Button was the sweetest person I ever met. She never had a bad word to say about anyone. She was a one of a kind person and anyone who got to know her loved her. So, sorry for the family.

Nola Hoard Leanna

May 2nd

So sorry for your loss. Button was a neighbor when we were just children and remained a friend throughout the years.

Alan Buck

May 2nd

Sympathy is extended to The Family , Friends and Community . Sorry for Your Loss.

Trudy Zimmerman Stanford

May 2nd

Button touched so many lives in our community. I was very fortunate to have a nice visit with her a few months back. She certainly be missed so badly. ❤️

Button Pemberton

May 2nd

I will forever cherish my childhood memories with you Button. Girl scouts, sleepovers, hayrides and so much more. I love that you loved without judgment, I will carry that with me always❤ RIP my sweet friend, Sonja Harrison

Maureen Wineland

May 2nd

I'll remember all of the crazy things we did as teenagers. (and survived!) But mostly, how wonderful it was to visit with Buttons at our 50th class reunion. What a peach!

Don Morkin

May 2nd

Condolences to Button’s family. I don’t remember when Button’s family moved to Flora, but I remember being at her house often as her parents and mine were good friends and I was the same age as her older brother Bill. I remember her as being a tiny well behaved little girl who grew into a beautiful kind lady. I remember her coming up to me when she had the liquor store when I was visiting Flora and giving be a big hug and remembering me when I was hanging around her house with her brother Bill when we were kids. She was always a lovely person.

V Guerrettaz

May 2nd

Jami and Jacki and the whole family.. my heart aches for you and for the suffering you and she endured, but now we know she is in such a better, wonderful place. My thoughts and prayers are with you all and with her soul. All the memories at different times of our lives as we crossed paths.. now thinking of sitting at BK chatting on a Sunday morning.. such a beautiful and wonderfully caring in peace Button.

Debera Williams

May 3rd

We are so sorry to hear about Button. Ours hugs and prayers are with you all. She was one of the nicest people I knew

Tammy Steward and family

May 3rd

This lady was amazing! She had such a loving heart for All. My condolences to the family.

Shannon Hays ,Sheila Pittman, and Families

May 4th

Im so very sorry..

Larry and Donna Milner

May 5th

So sorry for your loss Button was a bright light in this hazy world and will be sorely missed. Prayers for the family.

Mark lagle

May 6th

So sorry Jamie. I loved that lady. She had the heart of gold. She was such a hard worker. Heart broken to just now find out


May 13th

Sorry to hear of Button passing. She was such a great person, school friend and always enjoyed fun to be around. RIP Button. Condolence to Tom and to all her family and friends.

Lenny and Marie Henson

May 13th

Kristin and Joey Hale

May 14th

Our deepest sympathy to all family and friends.

Donna Kay Oliver Burlison

October 9th

I am heartbroken that my precious cousin Button passed away. I had no idea. I had tried to text her several times and got no response and got worried, but I didn’t want to call and bother her, because I knew she was going through health problems. My niece just told me how to find obituaries, and on a whim I decided to check, hoping not to find anything. My worst fears were confirmed. I’m so sorry to hear this.



Micheal W & Kristal G Engelmeier
Debbie King Casell
Bill Bryan
Jackie L. Davis
Doug & Marsha Hockman
David Bryden
Doug and Cathy Briscoe
Marilyn Stanford
Randy & Lisa Hargis
Rick & Darwin VanDyke
Elaine Hobbs Wiles
Mike and Kathy Kitley
Phil & Jane Henson
Nancy Weidner
John and Deana Devore
Joyce Watson
Norman Philli[ps
Cathy Frye Clark
Jim Fry
Larry Frost
Jerry "Butch" Erwin
Jenny Arnold
Ilene Jackson
Don and Mary Smith
Mary Reynolds
Ron and Mary Anne Ayers
Jill (Snyder) and Jim Fehrenbacher
Ella Burgess
Lenny and Marie Henson
Pat Ridgeway
Jimmy Sessions
Tara Race
Peggy Shroyer Leigh
Pat Ridgeway
Diane W. Zipay
Clara Booth
Doug andBecky Krutsinger
Jerry and Norma Kling
Jeff and Liz Strubhart
Cassia Wood
Monica McGrath
Wayne & Sue Hurliman
Mike Patridge and Jean Guerrettaz
Mike and Sharon Gray
Aaron Landreth
Brenda Rinehart
Don Jane and Darren Delaney
Dale and Sandi Castleberry
Lee Ann Corry
Mark&Karen Jones
Chad Milner
Herb henson
Ulanda Ruger Bryan
Mark Dunnigan
Linda and Jake Dulaney
Danny and Brenda Bradham
Billye Young
Debra Blank
Donna (Bowen)Hartke
Gary & Jane Lear
Arthalyn Walker Blank
Bud & Linda (King) Martin
Gail Glick
Jodi and Ken Windle
Gene & Betty Pieplow
Jim Jones
Mary Hutchens
Calvin and Robin Booth
Ed And Rita Guinn
Dan & Cheri Gill
Marty & Nancy Thompson
Brad & Jana Mugrage
Dave Tolliver
Dana & Janet Franklin
Bruce & Robbin Dickey
Troy&Kim Welty
Mike and Kathy Kitley
Peggy Coble
Jim and Brenda Thompson
Bruce & Nannette Richards
Diana & Greg Rutland
Neal & Janet Fehrenbacher
Steve and Carol Oestreich
Roy&Janet Bricker
John & Marla Corry
Bill and Robin Atwood
Dee Lodato
Lisa Carter
Mike & Deb McKinney
Rebecca Hildebrand
Ron & Barb Prather
Maureen Wineland
David & Maralee Johnson
David Eastin & Family
Pamela King
Sherri Milner
Betty & Stacey Wilson
Jennifer Smith
Wayne Eastin & Diane Johnson
Carl & Dana Zimmerman
Ross & Kathy Kincaid
David & Ellen Schoonover
Peggy Borcherding
Sam Oulrey
Tammy Steward and family
Trudy Zimmerman Stanford
First Christian Church
Ruthie McGonagil
Melissa Colclasure
Dorothy Uebinger
Dale and Sheila Kincaid
Joann Stanford
Alan & Charlotte Hickox
Brad & Tina Briscoe
Kevin Brown and family
Sharon Parish Byrd
Steve & Janet Hamilton
Shannon and Sheila
Kenny & Sherrie Sessions
Peggy Gentry Luther
Larry and Donna Milner
Lowell & Brenda K Showalters
Becky Stanford Stocke
Vince Guerrettaz
Terry Bailey
Judi Hardy Wenck
Mark lagle
Dave welty
Niel Sanders
John and Judy Gahan
Diane Blaydes-Connell-Prince
Meryl Woods Jr
Jasmine Garcia


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