STRAWN — Durlene E. Lawless, 80, of Strawn, died at 4:58 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 10, 2015, at Gibson Area Hospital Annex.

Her funeral mass will be at 10 a.m. Thursday, Oct. 15, at St. Rose Catholic Church, Strawn. Father Scott Archer will officiate. Burial will follow at the Strawn Cemetery. Visitation will be 5 to 7 p.m. Wednesday, Oct. 14, at Lamb Funeral Home, Gibson City. The rosary will be recited at 4:30 p.m. at the funeral home.

Durlene was born Oct. 31, 1934, in Bloomington, a daughter of Elmer and Rachel Luther Main. She married Jerry C. Lawless on June 11, 1955, in Gibson City. He survives.

Also surviving are her children, Madalyn (Kurt) Sommer, Saybrook; Bob (Lori) Lawless, Fairbury; Kathy Lawless, Strawn; Theresa (Paul) Volker, Foosland; Amy Bebout, Fisher; and Jennifer (Jeremy) Green, Sibley; 12 grandchildren, Chris Sommer, Lauren Sommer, Phil (Angie) Lawless, Steve (Carissa) Lawless, Ashley (Troy) Burgard, Giles Volker, Megan Volker, Shantelle (Riley) Keith, Colton (Lindsey) Bebout, Nathan Bebout, Catherine Green and Stephanie Green; 11 great-grandchildren; a sister, Madalyn Hendren, Maui, Hawaii; a sister-in-law, Bettie Main, Gibson City; and also Tiffany Arbogast and daughters, Fairbury.

She was preceded in death by her parents; brothers, Dean and Bob; and a grandson, Joe Lawless.

Durlene was a 1952 graduate of Drummer Township High School. Before starting a family, she was a nurse for Gibson Community Hospital. She had the privilege of being a foster parent for many years through Catholic Social Services of Peoria. During her time as a foster parent, she cared for over 300 children from the Rockford to St. Charles area. She especially loved being around children, and children loved being around her.

Durlene look forward to all family gatherings, but the annual Fourth of July cookout in Sibley held a special place in her heart.

Memorial tributes may be made to the Gibson Area Hospital Annex or the Sibley Burr Oaks Area Tractor Drive for the American Cancer Society.


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