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Elizabeth Ann (Betty) McBroom, nee McGilligan, 97, passed away on Sunday, April 10, 2016, in Pana, IL. Memorial service will be Wednesday, April 13, 2016 at Lockart-Green Funeral Home, Shelbyville. Visitation will be 12:00 noon until the time of service at 1:00 p.m. She was born in Shelby County (Yantisville) on July 1, 1918, to Homer Andrew and Georgiana Casstevens McGilligan, the youngest of four children. She was a former member of the First Christian Church in Shelbyville. Betty graduated from Shelbyville High School in 1936 and from Summers Cosmetology in West Frankfort, IL in 1938. In 1945 she received an R.N. from City Hospital Training School for Nurses. She worked at City Hospital and private hospitals until joining the Atomic Energy Hospital in Oak Ridge, TN; later she worked in industrial nursing with Union Carbide in Oak Ridge, TN. On July 18, 1953, Betty and J.B. McBroom, of Chattanooga, TN, were married in Portsmouth, OH. They were transferred to Louisville, KY in 1954 by General Electric Co. A daughter, Elizabeth Ann (Betsy) was born on September 22, 1955. In 1965, she and her daughter moved to Austin, TX, where Betty worked as a nurse for the Austin State School for the handicapped. She returned to Shelbyville in 1969 and worked for the Coles County Association for the Retarded (CCAR) in Charleston, IL. She retired in 1977. Betty was devoted to her family, especially to her daughter, Betsy. She was also a caring daughter, sister and sister-in-law. She enjoyed family gatherings and family stories, had a wonderful sense of humor and laughed easily. Betty was blessed with a long life which she lived with grace. She was preceded in death by her parents; sisters and their husbands, Doris (Dr. H.P.) Dexheimer and Ruth (Wayne) Davis; a brother John B. McGilligan; and a nephew, Karl D. Dexheimer. Surviving are her daughter, Betsy; a niece, Georjan (Dr. Andrew G.) Mitchell; several great and great-great nieces and nephews; and a niece by marriage, Martha Dexheimer. A sincere thank you to Dr. Gloria Dycoco and to the staff of Heritage Manor, Pana, for their dedication to her care over the last several years.
Published on  April 12, 2016
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