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Harriett Nadine Hefner, 88, of Dix, formerly of Bonnie died on Wednesday, October 19, 2016.
She was born in Whittington, IL on June 14, 1928, the daughter of Phillip Newton Wilkerson, Sr. & Mary Frances (Sadler) Wilkerson. She married James Hefner on January 11, 1946, and he preceded her in death on September 6, 1995.
Even though Nadine had very little formal education, she managed to go back and obtain her GED and go to nursing school and graduate with honors. She worked as an LPN nurse for many years at Good Samaritan Hospital.
She was a member for many years at Palestine Baptist Church in "The Diggins" near Benton, IL and later a member of Dahlgren Community Chapel.
Mrs. Hefner is survived by her:
Son: Jerome Hefner & wife Carolyn of Texico
Daughter: Shirley Hawkins & husband Ronnie of Mt. Vernon
Daughter-in-law: Gayle Hefner of Dahlgren
Son: Thomas Hefner & wife Cindy of Bonnie
Grandchildren:
Devon Simmons & husband Dave of Woodlawn
James Ryan Hefner & wife Jenifer of Kell
Charity Hawkins of Mt. Vernon & fiancé Kevin Baumann
Alexander Hawkins of Mt. Vernon
Gwendolyn Upton & husband Steve of Mt. Vernon
Robin Hefner of Texico
John Hefner of Dahlgren
Paul Hefner & wife Dawn of Wyoming
Zoe Hawkins of Mt. Vernon
Triston Hawkins of Mt. Vernon
Great-Grandchildren:
Kent Almaroad & wife of Salem
Brooklyn Upton of Mt. Vernon
Great-Great-Grandchildren: Wayden Hawkins & Malachi
1 Sister: Carrie Mae Roberts of DuQuoin
Mrs. Hefner was preceded in death by her Parents, Husband, by a Son-Rev. James Hefner, by 2 Brothers-Phillip Wilkerson, Jr., & Ezra Wilkerson, by 4 Sisters-Lois McLearin, Easter Laughland, Loretta Whitecotton & Patsy Robertson.
Funeral services will be held at 2:00 P.M. Sunday, October 23rd at the Johnston Funeral Home in Ina with Rev. Dean Severin & Rev. Tony Phelps officiating. Burial will be in the Kirk Cemetery in Ina. Visitation will be from 5:00 to 8:00 P.M. Saturday at the funeral home.
Published on October 21, 2016
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