Holland Barry & Bennett Funeral Home
Holland Barry & Bennett Funeral Home

Helen I. Duginger Cecil


Helen I. Duginger Cecil passed away July 3, 2015 in Lincoln, IL. Helen was born April 24, 1914 to Julius and Katherine LaForge Duginger in rural New Holland, IL. She graduated from New Holland High School in 1931 and was the last surviving member of her class when she attended her Alumni Banquet on June 9th. She married George Cecil on October 31, 1937 in Missouri. They were married 44 years. Preceding her in death were her husband George, one brother Garrett, her sister Bonnie Duginger Gambrel, brother in law Paul Gambrel, daughter Julia Cecil Loeffelholz (Dan) and grandson George Loeffelholz. Surviving are her children: Richard Cecil, Nana Cecil Papesch (Joe), Bonnie Cecil Farmer, Thomas Cecil (Susie) and Elaine Cecil Carlile; 14 gradchildren, 25 great grandchildren, and niece Vicky Klokkenga (Ron).

Helen was employed at ALMH for 20 years. After retiring, she volunteered at The Pink Shutter. She was a past Senior Regent of the Moose, Past Worthy High Priestess of Abraham Shrine 100 of the White Shrine of Jerusalem and a member of the Eastern Star. Helen was a member of the First United Methodist Church.

Visitation will be from 12:00Noon until 1:00 PM Friday, July 10, 2015 at Holland Barry & Bennett Funeral Home in Lincoln. Funeral services will be at 1:00 PM Friday, also at the funeral home, with Pastor Tami Werschey-Kessinger officiating. Burial will follow in Zion Cemetery, Lincoln.

In lieu of flowers, memorials can be made to Meals on Wheels and/or Abraham Shrine 100 and will be accepted at the funeral home.

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