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Nancy Hopper

Nancy Hopper died on Monday, Dec. 14, 2009, at 2:13 p.m. in 
her Bluford home from a long, lingering battle with COPD and 
the onset of heart disease.  Her prayers were answered as she 
passed peacefully with immediate family by her side. 
Nancy was born July 21, 1946, to Katherine Able and John 
Meredith in Mt. Vernon. She grew up in Bluford.
Nancy Hopper is survived by her husband of 31 years, Jerry W. 
Hopper, residing in Bluford.  She is also survived by her two 
daughters, Leasha Overturf Elledge (Paul Elledge) of Chicago and 
Stacie Buonaura of Jackson, Mo.
Nancy had one stepdaughter, Traci Williams (Dan Williams) of 
Central Point, Ore., as well as one stepson, Steve Hopper 
(Debra Hopper) of Woodlake, Calif.
As well as her children, Nancy was blessed with seven grandchildren, 
Haley and Hanna Buonaura of Jackson, Mo., Lucia Elledge of Chicago, 
Jenna and Kristen Williams of Central Point, Ore., and Mariah and 
Kelsey Hopper of Woodlake, Calif.
Nancy is also survived by two of her special friends, Judy Hoffman 
and Jackie Boldt, both of the Mt. Vernon area as well a very special 
niece, Renee Lavin of Pontotoc, Miss.
Nancy Hopper was a graduate of Webber Township High School and 
worked in numerous factories and warehouses throughout Mt. Vernon 
over the course of her life.  She also worked as a home health 
aide for VNA for a few years before her final job at the Walgreen's 
Distribution Center. Nancy had many hobbies and loved to make people 
laugh. Her joy in life was her children, husband, grandchildren and 
dogs.  She also loved to visit with her dear Horse Creek neighbors.
Nancy wished to thank her doctors over the past few years, Dr. Cheryl 
Emmons of Mt. Vernon as well as Dr. Trask, Dr. Abraham and Dr. Holland 
of St. John's Hospital in Springfield before moving to her home and 
the wonderful care of VNA Tip Hospice (Centralia Branch).  A special 
thank you to Paula, Joanne, Anne and Dawn.
There will be no formal visitation or funeral. It was Nancy's wish to 
have a party. Thus a celebration of her life is being planned 
(by invitation only) for a future date. Donations in her memory are 
being taken by VNA Tip Hospice-Centralia Branch or to Furry Friends 
Animal Shelter and will be accepted at the funeral home, or from the 
online obituary at, or mailed to Hughey 
Funeral Home, P.O. Box 721, Mt. Vernon, IL 62864. Arrangements have 
been entrusted to the care of Hughey Funeral Home where you may call 
242-3348 or visit for further information 
and to send condolences.

Date: 12-14-2009
Submitted by: Ken Richardson

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