JEFFERSON COUNTY IL 
OBITUARIES
Martha Elisabeth Hawkins Oslager


Martha Elisabeth Hawkins Oslager, 78, of Mt. Vernon, 
died at 2:13 p.m. Saturday, April 4, 2009, at St. Mary's 
Good Samaritan Hospital in Mt. Vernon. She was born on 
Nov. 10, 1930, in Ina, the daughter of Howard and Edna (Cook) Settle. 
She married James K. Hawkins on June 15, 1946, in Bardwell, Ky., and 
he preceded her in death on Oct. 5, 1983. She married Robert L. "Bob" Oslager 
on Nov. 16, 1990, in Mt. Vernon, and he survives. Martha was a member of 
the Ina Free Will Baptist Church and attended with her husband the 
Mt. Vernon First Free Will Baptist Church.

In addition to her husband Bob, Martha is survived by one daughter, 
Shirley Johnston and husband Bruce of Ina; two sons, Rick Hawkins and 
wife Nikki and Jim Hawkins and wife Janice, both of Mt. Vernon; stepson, 
Kelvin Plemons and wife Shelia of Belleville; stepson-in-law, Lyman Parsell 
and wife Jamie of Ina; grandchildren, Matt Hawkins and wife Kristina of 
St. Louis, Brad Johnston of Ina, Kelly Downes and husband Andy of Woodlawn, 
Lacie Hawkins of Carterville and Jessa Hawkins of Mt. Vernon; step-grandchildren, 
David Plemons and wife Brooke of Champaign, Sarah Dyrud and husband Lars of 
Champaign, Hannah Greever and husband Tom of Aurora, Caleb Plemons and wife 
Jessica of M t. Vernon, Laina, Kayla and Mylie Parsell of Ina, Erin Sappington 
of Belleville and Blake Schneider of St. Louis; great-granddaughter, Alli Downes; 
step-great-grandchildren, Trevin, Noah and Ellie Plemons, Josiah, Samuel and Norah Dyrud, 
and Millie, Silas and Isaac Greever; two brothers, Lynn Settle and wife Lana of McKinney, 
Texas, and Ed Settle and wife Linda of Benton; three sisters, Mary Pierce and husband
Bud of Ina, Joyce Harpole and husband Jerry of Mt. Vernon and Janet Bennett of Thompsonville; 
and several nieces and nephews.

In addition to her first husband, she was preceded in death by her parents; one 
brother, Marvin Settle; one sister, Millie Oslager; and by a stepdaughter, 
LaVonda Parsell.

Funeral services will be held Tuesday at 10 a.m. at the Ina Free Will Baptist Church 
with Brother Brad Ryan and Brother David Shores officiating. Burial will be at the 
Kirk Cemetery in Ina.Visitation will be from 5 to 8 p.m. tonight at the Johnston Funeral 
Home in Ina and after 8 a.m. Tuesday until the funeral hour at the church. 
 
  

Source: Mt. Vernon Register News
Date: 4/6/2009 
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