Loretta Amos died Nov. 2, 2012. She was born Jan.15, 1938 in Chicago, Ill. She was one of 14 children. She received her education in Chicago. Loretta supervised for CNA Insurance Co. in the Chicago area during her earlier years. After retirement, she relocated to Bloomington and worked part-time for Cub Foods and Wesleyan University in food service.
Like some of her sisters, Loretta was an excellent cook. To have dined at her place, would always want to make you come back for more. She loved spending time with her family and was always ready for a game of "Bid Whist" as she listened to her jazz music.
"Lo" has also accepted Christ as his personal Savior.
Loretta was preceded in death by her son, Victor Teamer, her mother, Augusta Simmons; father, Spencer Montrose; four sisters, Dorothy Johnson, Shirley Buckner, Juanita Morton, Marilyn Dotts and two brothers, Roosevelt Simmons, Jr., and Richard Simmons.
Memorial services will be held on Thursday, Nov. 8, 2012 at 6 p.m. at Word of Life Church in Bloomington.
Loretta leaves to cherish her memory her husband, Glen Amos, one son, Terrence Teamer; Bloomington; two grandsons, Temeris Teamer, Bloomington, Marvio Diltz, Memphis, TN; four great granddaughters, Madison, Lia, Nicole, and Khalia Diltz, Memphis, TN; three sisters, Janice Dotts, Chicago; Anita Dotts, Las Vegas, NV.; and Deborah R. Simmons, Bloomington; four brothers, Donald (Camille) Dotts, Las Vegas, NV.; James Dotts, Mount Vernon; Leonard (Charlotte) Dotts and Robert Simmons, both of Bloomington; a host of nieces, nephews, other relatives and friends.
In lieu of flowers memorials may be directed to the family in Loretta's name. Kibler-Brady-Ruestman is assisiting the family with arrangements.
Gwendolyn "Mama Gwen" Thornton, 79, of Bloomington, passed away Wednesday, Oct. 31, 2012 at Advocate BroMenn Regional Medical Center in Normal. Funeral services will be held on Saturday, Nov. 10, 2012 at 11 a.m. at Union Missionary Baptist Church in Bloomington with Rev. Phenues Bush officiating. Visitation will be held on Friday, Nov. 9, 2012 at Kibler-Brady-Ruestman Memorial Home in Bloomington from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. and from 10 a.m. to 11 a.m. at the church on Saturday.
In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be directed to the family in Gwendolyn's name. The family of Gwendolyn has entrusted the care of their loved one to Kibler-Brady-Ruestman Memorial Home in Bloomington.
Gwendolyn was born to the union of Booker T. and Minnie (Thompson) Meaders on Nov. 17, 1932 in Bloomington. She married Henry E. Thornton on March 4, 1961 in Bloomington, he preceded her in death on Sept. 12, 1972.
She leaves behind to cherish her memory, her children, Muriel Thornton of Bloomington, Alice Moss (Greg Hutson) of Arrowsmith, Jackquice (William) Mitchell of Bloomington, Donna Thornton (James Greene) of Bloomington, Quinn (Brenda) Thornton of Bloomington, Derrick Thornton of Florida, Ina Joy Carter of Birmingham, AL; step-children, Johnny Brown, and Ruby Diles both of Birmingham, AL; four God-children, Kimberly Anderson, James Anderson, Beverly Gay, Bobbi Kess; 41 Grandchildren, 51 Great Grandchildren and 8 great-great grandchildren.
In addition to her husband Henry, Gwendolyn was preceded in death by her parents, a son, Michael "Fritzie" Thornton, grandsons, Darren "D.T." Thornton and Ronald "J.B." Thornton, a great-grandson, Malachi Thornton, one brother, Arthur "Skeets" Thompson, and one sister, Marion Thompson.
Gwendolyn graduated from Bloomington High School; she worked for General Electric, Illinois State University and later worked for State Farm Insurance. She was a member of Union Missionary Baptist Church in Bloomington. She served as Superintendent of Sunday school, Lilly of the Valley, Deaconess and was on the Mother's Board of the Church. She was also a member of the Progressive Women's Club of Bloomington.
Mama Gwen enjoyed serving in the church, cooking, and enjoyed shopping and had an eye for fashion. She also loved wearing and collecting hats. Gwen was a mother to everyone and loved spending her time with her family, grandchildren, and great-grandchildren. She also enjoyed sending cards to people and corresponding
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