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Clara Frances Dilley, 93, of Shelbyville, IL, passed away at 4:00 a.m. Thursday, March 1, 2018 in Heritage Health in Carlinville, IL.
Funeral services will be held at 3:00 p.m. Monday, March 5, 2018 in Howe and Yockey Funeral Home, Shelbyville, IL with Rev Kevin Ray officiating. Visitation will be from 1:00-3:00 p.m. Monday. Burial will be in Glenwood Cemetery, Shelbyville, IL. Memorials may be given to the First Christian Church of Shelbyville, IL or the American Heart Association.
Clara was born on November 8, 1924 in rural Tower Hill, Illinois, the daughter of Joel Ray and Mary Alice (Silknitter) Henderson. She graduated from Tower Hill High School the Class of 1941. Clara married C. Dale Dilley on June 17, 1945. They were married 52 years before his death in 1997. Clara was previously employed by Sta-Rite Ginnie Lou, Inc, Shelby County Health Department, and the offices of Dr. Richard Larson and Dr. Edwin Siroy all in Shelbyville, IL. She enjoyed flowers, music, cooking, reading and playing board games with her grandchildren. She was a great mother and a wonderful grandmother. Clara was a member of the First Christian Church of Shelbyville, IL.
She is survived by her two sons, Larry Dilley (Dorothy) of Shelbyville, IL, and Gary Dilley (Pamela) of Carlinville, IL; sister-in-law, Mary Henderson of Pana, IL; grandchildren, Jason Dilley (Gini), Tarrah Kirkpatrick (Don) and Lindsay Silca (Adam); step-grandchildren, Meghan Allen (Jason), David Cervi (Katie) and Jordan Cervi (Casey Spensberger); seven great grandchildren; and three step great grandchildren.
She was preceded in death by her parents; husband, Dale; sisters, Lucille Foor and Lois Dilley; and brother, Wilbur Henderson.
The family wishes to extend a special thank you to the nurses and staff at Heritage Manor, Carlinville, for all their kindness and service.
Send condolences at www.howeandyockey.com.
Published on March 5, 2018
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