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Lola McClure Holstine-Kelly

MACOMB-Lola McClure Holstine-Kelly, 98, Macomb, passed away at 3:45 a.m. Friday, Feb. 6, 2009, at the Elms Nursing Home in Macomb.

She was born Sept. 8, 1910, on a farm in rural Augusta, the daughter of Frank and Mae (Smith) McClure and was reared in Plymouth. She married Carl Blondell Holstine April 4, 1931. They built and operated Holstine’s Frozen Food Locker Plant (the first in Knox County) in Abingdon. They moved to Macomb in 1960. He passed away March 22, 1979. She later married Virgil Kelly Sept. 20, 1984. They were active in the Macomb YMCA Senior Citizens group and also had Christian Puppet ministry throughout the community. He passed away Sept. 27, 2000.

She is survived by one daughter, Bonna Mae Holstine Johnson, Macomb; five grandchildren, (who were her pride and joy), Brent, Lance and Jon-Eric Johnson, Laura Purdy and Brenda Fosdyck; 10 great-grandchildren; and four great-great grandchildren. She attended their sports and music events until she was 95.

She was preceded in death by her parents, one brother, Herbert McClure, two sisters, Rubye McClure and Fairy Stone, and one son-in-law, Dr. Marvin C. Johnson.

During her busy lifetime she was an accomplished pianist and vocalist, starting during world War I. She was accompanist for the Methodist Choir in Abingdon. She was also choir director for the First Baptist Church in Macomb, and accompanied the Johnson Family Singers and was an avid fan and volunteer for the Macomb Senior Citizens chorus.

She operated her own hair salon in Abingdon and worked in the Abingdon Frozen Food Locker, the Illinois Research Hospital in Galesburg and for Dr. Marvin C. Johnson, Macomb.

Lola loved the Lord Jesus and adored her family.

Services were held at the First Baptist Church in Macomb Monday, Feb. 9, 2009, with the Reverend Wally Holt officiating.

Burial was in Rosemont Cemetery in Plymouth.

Memorials may be made to either the First Baptist Church, Elms Nursing Home or the Macomb YMCA Senior Citizens Center.

Clugston-Tibbitts Funeral Home in Macomb was in charge of arrangements.

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