Betty Gene Coombs

Betty Gene Coombs of St. Joseph, Il. Formerly of Tuscola, Il. passed away on Thursday, January 14, 2016 at her daughter’s home in St. Joseph, IL.

Betty was born in Shelby County, IL on July 28, 1926, to Arlie and Maude (Houser) Craig.

She married Calvin S. Coombs on Dec. 5, 1945. He preceded her in death on Sept. 4, 2015. She was also preceded in death by her parents, 3 sisters, and 4 brothers.

Betty is survived by their son Ron (Sue) Coombs of East Peoria; daughter Connie (Ed) Kroll of St. Joseph; daughter Pennie (Dale) Poynter of Tuscola; son Mike (Chris) Coombs of Tower Hill; brother Paul “Short” Craig of Sullivan; and numerous nieces and nephews. Betty and Calvin have 12 grandchildren and17 great-grandchildren.

There are many things that Betty will be remembered for. She enjoyed writing to and receiving letters from family members. She was adored for her cooking with a specialty of noodles, applesauce cookies, and summer sausage. Before retiring in 1996 she did a lot of gardening and canning.

Betty loved her family dearly. She kept up on their accomplishments and looked forward to their visits and phone calls more than anything. She was a constant source of hugs, kisses, and “I love yous.” All of these will be missed more than words can express.

Visitation will be held from 1:00-2:00 p.m. Tuesday, January 19, 2016 at Joines Funeral Home, Villa Grove with a short service at 1:45 p.m. Graveside services will follow at 3:00 p.m. at Arthur Cemetery, Arthur


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