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Lois Jean McKnelly

Apr 22nd, 1942 - Oct 20th, 2022


Funeral:  11 a.m. on Tuesday, October 25, 2022, at Frank & Bright Funeral Home

Visitation:  6 until 8 p.m. on Monday evening at the funeral home

Interment:  Orchard Hill Cemetery in Louisville


     Lois Jean McKnelly, age 80, of Louisville, Illinois, passed away Thursday night, October 20, 2022, at her home.

     She was born April 22, 1942, in Clay County, the daughter of Nicholas “Lyle” and Zola Leona (Fulk) Bateman.  Lois Jean was united in marriage to Billy D. McKnelly on August 16, 1964, at Ingraham Christian Church.  She and Bill would later settle into their lifetime church home at Flora First Christian.  Throughout the years, she found great joy in contributing her voice to song and praise during worship.

     Caring concern for family and friends was her life and heart.  She was a kind caregiver who recognized the importance of making time for those who had a special need or concern, and volunteered at the Clay County Ministerial Alliance Food Pantry.  Lois Jean loved preparing decorative cakes, gardening and canning, tending to her flowers, sharing affection for her pets, and being creative with upholstery and ceramics.  She valued education, and even after raising a family became inspired to enroll in college courses along with earning a CNA and finding a rewarding role in the care of babies.  Travel was another memorable part of her life, as she looked forward to trips and vacations in the U.S. and abroad, both with family and later as she and Bill explored new and favorite places.

     She is survived by her husband: Bill McKnelly of Louisville; 3 children: Darlene (Joe) Fatheree of Effingham, Marla (Bob) Gillett of Kinmundy, and Darrell (Lisa) McKnelly of Louisville; 9 grandchildren: Taylor (Hannah) Fatheree of Knoxville, Tennessee, Haley (Hayden) Klockenga of Mt. Vernon, Seth Gillett of Kinmundy, Tyler (Oceana) Gillett of Fort Branch, Indiana, Anna Gillett, Sarah Gillett, Emma Gillett all of Kinmundy, Lindsey (Zach) Davis of Louisville, and Kyle (fiancé Ashley) McKnelly of Louisville; 3 great-grandchildren: Beckham Klockenga, Jase Davis, and Grant Davis, as well as 2 more lovingly anticipated great-grandchildren on the way; and a number of nieces and nephews.

     She was preceded in death by her parents and a sister: Leona “Ruth” Weber.

     A funeral ceremony for Lois Jean McKnelly will be held at 11 a.m. on Tuesday, October 25, 2022, at Frank & Bright Funeral Home in Flora.  Interment will follow in Orchard Hill Cemetery in Louisville.  A visitation will be held from 6 until 8 p.m. on Monday evening at the funeral home.  Memorial donations are suggested to Siteman Kids at St. Louis Children’s Hospital (providing cancer care for children) and will be accepted through the funeral home.  To share a condolence or memory, visit:


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Glenda Cooper

October 22nd

Bill and family I am so sorry for your loss. I will miss you my friend .

Frank and Angie Edwards

October 22nd

Loved your momma ! She was one of a kind and will be missed by so many. Prayers and love to you all

Dave & Deb Grahn

October 22nd

So very sorry for your loss. May God comfort you during this most difficult time.

Judy Lusk

October 22nd

I am sorry to hear of Lois' passing I used to work with her on OB at the old hospital many years ago. I recently saw her at the Farm Bureau gathering. We had a nice visit after years of not seeing each other. Please accept my sympathy. Rest in peace, Lois.

Troy and Sandy Thomas

October 22nd

So sorry to about the loss of Lois Jean. We are thinking of you and your family in the days ahead.

Tom and Gayle Harris

October 22nd

So sorry to hear about Lois Jean. We are keeping entire family in thoughts and prayers. Always enjoyed visiting with her.

Debra Harris

October 22nd

Lois fought a good fight and stayed with us more than I ever thought possible. She thought the world of her family and was always so happy to talk about you all and show me pictures when she came to her appointments. Saying prayers for you all during your time of sorrow.

Christie McDaneld

October 22nd

Lois Jean was a very dear friend for almost 50 years. We had so many good memories and enjoyed many trips together. Lois loved her friends and family deeply and so enjoyed giving to those that she loved. I am blessed to have known her and to have been called her friend. She and Bill were more like family to my children and grandchildren than just friends. She will be greatly missed.💜

October 23rd

Darell and Lisa, Our prayers and comfort to you and all of your family. May God's comfort and blessing be with you every moment of the day. Life group friends, Paul and Becky Rhodes

Darla and Frank Czyzewski

October 22nd

So sorry for your loss! Your family is in our thoughts and prayers!

Terry Igert

October 23rd

You all have our deepest sympathies! We loved Lois Jean! She will be missed!!!

Jack and Freda Stanfield

October 23rd

We are sorry to learn of Lois Jeans Death. She has fought a good fight, had days of lot pain> I went to grade school, high school, rode school bus several years together, a wonderful cake creator, made dresses for her daughters, & herself. Our thoughts & Prayers to her family in the following days, months. Lindsey she always called to tell me about her grandson what he said, what he was into, he was the apple of her eye. Prayers

Vicki Campbell

October 23rd

I will miss our Sunday morning conversations. Heartfelt condolences to the family

Leon & Glenda Sharp

October 23rd

Our thoughts and prayers are with the family.

Doris Stanfield

October 23rd

Bill, Darlene, Marla and Darrel I am so sorry for your loss. Prayers for everyone during this time.

David & Connie Birch

October 24th

Our sympathy and prayers to the family.

Greg and Donna (Bowen) Hartke

October 23rd

Bill and family so sorry for your loss she was a very caring woman. When my mom had cancer and was sick she came and seen her and even brought some food. She had a very good heart and I will never forget how kind she was to her. You are all in our thoughts and prayers.

Jim and Karon Stanfield

October 24th

So sorry for your loss. Prayers

Diana Kuhlig Hatton

October 24th

If I remember correctly, Bill and Lois Jean were involved in Farm Bureau with my parents. My sympathies to the family.

Richard and Karen Stanfield

October 24th

May the love of God surround you during this time of sorrow. You are in our thoughts and prayers.

Alan and Sharon Porter

October 24th

So sorry for your loss, praying for God’s comfort and peace. Lois was a wonderful neighbor and will be missed.

Mike Worthey Family

October 24th

She was a wonderful woman. Our thoughts and prayers are with you all for comfort.

Vicki McGee

October 24th

Though I hadn't seen Lois or Bill for some time, they have always been dear to my heart. I spent many hours on the phone with Lois. My heart goes out to Bill, Darlene, Marla and Darrell and their families. Prayers being lifted up on their behalf.

Jon and Katrina Van Dyke

October 24th

So sorry for your loss. Thinking of your family during this difficult time.

Paula Rahn

October 24th

You are a lovely woman I lived down the road from you

Deanne Rodgers

October 25th

Darlene, you& your family are in my pŕayers. Losing yòur mother is losing a part of yourself. I still miss mine.

Debra Ritchie

October 29th

Fond memories. She was an exceptional CNA and loved caring for newborns while worked along side of me and others. Rest in peace. Thoughts and prayers to family. Friends, and acquaintances



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