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FAIRBURY — Joann M. Spence Dyer, 80, Fairbury, died at 5:30 a.m. Thursday (Feb. 16, 2017) at her residence surrounded by her loving family.

Her funeral Mass will be held at 11 a.m. Thursday at St. Joseph Catholic Church, Chenoa, with Father Carl LoPresti officiating. Burial will be in Payne Cemetery, rural Chenoa. Duffy-Pils Memorial Home, Chenoa, is assisting with arrangements.

The family suggests memorials be given to South East Livingston County Ambulance Service; Prairie Central Boys and Girls Club; or Fairview Haven Retirement Community.

Joann was born May 11, 1936, in Chenoa, the daughter of Harold and Bernadine Schopp Nicol. She married Robert G. Spence on Nov. 7, 1953, in Chenoa. He died on Aug. 27, 1996. She then married Bert Emery Dyer on Nov. 6, 1998, in Chenoa. He died on Nov. 23, 2016.

Survivors include her children, Debra Spence of Fairbury, Vicki Burney of Bloomington, Mary (Tim) Wimp of Heyworth, Anthony (Leatrice) Spence of Billings, Mont., Curtis (Teri) Spence of Boone, Iowa; Harold (Carol) Spence of Boone, Iowa; and David Dyer of Cropsey; 20 grandchildren and 30 great-grandchildren.

She is preceded in death by four grandchildren.

Joann was a graduate of Chenoa High School and the Mennonite School of Nursing, Bloomington. She was a Licensed Practical Nurse working at Bromenn Regional Medical Center, OSF St. Joseph Medical Center, McLean County Health Department and Fairbury Medical Office. She also owned and operated Green Towers in Latham, with her husband, Robert, for 16 years.

She was a member of St. Andrew Catholic Church, Fairbury.

Joann will be greatly missed by all who loved her. She was a kind, soft-hearted person who saw good in everyone. Our lives will be greatly changed by her passing. We have countless wonderful memories to draw from, especially her quirky sense of humor. We will love you forever!

An online guest registry is available at www.duffypilsmemorialhome.com.

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