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Blue Funeral Home (Marion)
Saturday February 8th, 2020

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Shirley Hartwell

Shirley Hartwell, age 79, of Marion, passed away on Wednesday, July 29, 2020 at 6:15 p.m.

Shirley was born on October 13, 1940 in Johnston City, the daughter of Chester and Juanita (Owens) James.  She was united in marriage to Lowell Thomas Hartwell on July 19, 1958 in Johnston City and he preceded her in death on January 9, 2010 after 51 years of marriage.  Shirley loved being a homemaker and keeping her house.  Her family was the most important thing in her life and she loved spending time with them, especially her grandchildren.  Shirley was so proud that she was able to meet her first great-grandchild, just a few weeks ago.  She loved traveling, especially to the beach, shopping, doing yardwork, watching the change of seasons, and collecting angels.  Shirley was a member of Third Baptist Church of Marion.

Survivors include her son, Tim (Andrea) Hartwell of Marion; her daughter, Cindy (Ron) Hall of Carterville; six grandchildren, Jason Lee Lemasters, Lindsey Marie (Logan) Perry, Nicholas Taylor Hartwell, Matthew Ryan Hartwell, Dustin Thomas Hall and James David Hall; one great-grandchild, Ryann Taylor Perry; one brother, Harold Gene (JoAnn) James of Braselton, Georgia; three sisters-in-law, Lovina James, Jean Hoercher and Mary Kay Camden, all of Marion; and several nieces, nephews, great-nieces and great-nephews.

She was preceded in death by her parents; husband, Lowell “Tom” Hartwell; a brother, Don James; and a grandson, Robert Thomas Hartwell.

Shirley’s wishes were to be cremated.  A memorial service will be held at Blue Funeral Home in Marion on Sunday, August 2, 2020 at 4:00 p.m. with Reverend Kevin Bonifacious officiating.  A time of visitation will be held at the funeral home from 2:00 p.m. until the time of service.

For those who prefer, memorial donations may be made to Hospice of Southern Illinois or the Wounded Warrior Project and will be accepted at the funeral home.

For more information or to sign the online memorial guest register, please visit www.bluefuneralhome.com.

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Cindy and family, losing a loved one is so difficult. Spending time with family and friend, sharing stories about your lost family member will help you cope and deal with the pain you all will be going through during the next several months. Remember to count on one another for the love and support you will all need during this difficult time. Remember that you are all loved and are in my thoughts and prayers. I love you all!

Tracy Studer Aug 3 2020 9:15 AM

Cindy & Family, I am so sorry for your loss. It's never easy to say goodbye to our parents. Prayers for all of you during this difficult time. May fond memories comfort you. Love always, Danyelle & The Wardens

Danyelle Warden Aug 2 2020 1:35 PM

Tim, Andrea, and family- You are in our thoughts and prayers. May God fill your hearts with wonderful memories and love that you shared. Love you! Darren & Becky

Becky Holtmeyer Jul 31 2020 2:05 PM