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Luella Belcher

It is with heavy heart the family of Luella C. Belcher, of Bloomington, announces her passing.

Luella passed into her heavenly home at the age of 84, at 1:52 p.m. Monday (Dec. 3, 2018) at the home of her son in Danvers, with her family by her side.

A Christian celebration of life will be held at Kibler-Brady-Ruestman Memorial Home, Bloomington, with the visitation taking place from 5 to 7 p.m. Friday. Her funeral will be at 1:30 p.m. Saturday at Kibler-Brady-Ruestman Memorial Home, with her grandson, Nicholas Bair, officiating. Burial will follow at Funks Grove Cemetery, McLean. Family requests casual attire.

She was born Dec. 28, 1933, in Weldon, on her family farm, the daughter of Loral K. and Louise Walker Ford. On March 26, 1954, she married the love of her life, William M. Belcher, in Bloomington. The late William preceded her in death on Sept. 12, 1997. Also preceding her in death were her parents; two sons, William K. Belcher and Noah C. Belcher; and two daughters-in-law, Melissa Leggett Belcher and Debra Combs Belcher.

Those left to cherish her memories are her beloved children, Rebecca (Jeff) Bair, Hudson; Pamela Hicks, Bloomington; Edward (Jill) Belcher, Danvers; Esta (Michelle) Belcher, Normal; and daughter-in-law, Cathy Belcher, Bloomington.

The lights of her life, carrying on her memories and traditions are 20 grandchildren, Dusty (Larry) Miller, Wendy (Steve) West, Melissa (Tracy) Melton, Monica (Eric) Stengel, Megan (Luke) Mohr, Matt Belcher, Analiesa (Steve) Smith, Vanessa (Sean) Elder, Nicholas (Senja) Bair, Becky Hicks-Hutchison, Jessica Mercer, Samantha Belcher, Amanda (Brett) Hilt, Rachel (Craig) Passini, Jake Belcher (Tammy Bradley), Brandon (Crystal) Ulrich, Chad Ulrich (Sherri Stewart), Abby Radford (Jason Escalante), Ashley Holzhauer, and Lexi Nagel-Belcher; 38 great-grandchildren, Dustin, Anthony, Jesse and Olivia Miller; Ian West; Gavin and Emily Melton; Noah, Sarah, Logan and Shelby Stengel; Jillian and Morgan Mohr; Abby and Adam Engle; Khaleesi Elder; Ethan, Isabella and Hannah Smith; Lauren, Silas, Riley, Wesley, Titus, Gideon, Katelyn, Ben and Miriam Bair; Lane and Lia Hutchison; Keely Hilt; Xander and Aubree Luella Mae Belcher; Stefan Childs; Jayce Holzhauer; Andrew and Amelia Ulrich; and Nixon Escalante; and two great-great-grandchildren, Carter and Achilles Viruet.

Luella was a graduate of Bloomington High School in 1951. She began her career in life working at the Coat Factory in Bloomington. She and her husband owned and operated Belcher Enterprises, which included AAA Ambulance and Hospital Supplies & Livery Services from 1968-1986. Along with her husband, Luella was founder and owner of AAA Ambulance in Colfax, which later became Eastern McLean County Ambulance Association. She was the first female emergency medical technician in McLean County.

Later in her career she worked in food services at Bloomington High School as well as at East Bay Camp at Lake Bloomington.

She was a Cub Scout and Girl Scout leader, former member of the Eastern Star Group and former board member of Lincoln Grade School. Through her faith and belief in God, Luella was a member, board member, elder and Sunday school teacher at Four-Square Gospel Church in Bloomington.

Luella's other enjoyments in life were rooting on her Green Bay Packers, having coffee shop time with her friends and most importantly spending time with her kids and grandbabies.

The family would like to thank Dr. Patrick Murphy; OSF hospitalist, Dr. Garcia; OSF Home Care Nurse Nicole; OSF Ministry staff, Rosemary and Joyce; and OSF Hospice nurse, Jerold; and the whole hospice organization.

Her wishes are for memorials to be made to Campus Crusade Military Ministries, by either mail at Cru, Attn: Acct. 0545933, P.O. Box 628222, Orlando, FL 32862-8222 or at www.give.cru.org/0545933.

God speed, Mom.

Condolences and memories of Luella may be shared with the family at kiblerbradyruestman.com.

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