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Helen Grace Harness

August 29, 1920 — July 10, 2021

Carrier Mills- Helen Grace Harness, age 100, passed away at 6:46am on Saturday, July 10, 2021 at Carbondale Memorial Hospital.

Helen was born in Peoria on August 29, 1920, the daughter of William and Frances (Bone) Brown. She was the last living of the ten children to this union. Helen married Harold Harness in 1937. He preceded her in death on May 22, 1996.

Survivors include her three children-

Frances (JW) Merrell of Carrier Mills

Sharon (Dee) Starrick of Carrier Mills

Harold (Norma) Harness, Jr. of East Peoria

Five grandchildren-

     Debra McKinnis

     Denise Moss

     Marlyne Starrick

     Devin Harness

     Dee Ann Mahony

Eight Great Grandchildren-

     Robinn Andrews

     Jay McKinnis

     Katie Moore

     Zach Stram

     Brandon Mahony

     Josh Clarida

     Katie Mahony

     Larysa Harness

Six great great grandchildren

One half-sibling

She was preceded in death by her parents, husband, grandson- Darrell Merrell, nine brothers and sisters and one half-sibling.

Funeral services will be held at 12:00pm on Tuesday, July 13, 2021 at Blue Funeral Home in Marion with Rev. John Howat officiating. Burial will follow at Mount Pleasant Cemetery- Poordo.  A time of visitation will be held from 10am-12pm on Tuesday, July 13, 2021 at Blue Funeral Home in Marion.

For those who prefer, memorial donations may be made to the Shriner’s Children’s Hospital.  Envelopes will be available and accepted at Blue Funeral Home; 1704 N Court Street; Marion, IL 62959. 

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Tuesday, July 13, 2021

Starts at 12:00 pm (Central time)

Blue Funeral Home (Marion)

1704 N Court St, Marion, IL 62959

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