Shelbyville Daily Union


June 6, 2013

Dona Barkhurst



Dona Barkhurst, 100, of Shelbyville, died at 12:50 a.m. June 6, 2013, in her residence at Hawthorne Inn, Shelbyville, IL.

     Funeral services will be held at 2:00 p.m. Sunday, June 9, 2013, in the First Church of the Nazarene, Shelbyville, IL, with the Rev. Greg Breeden and the Rev. Robert Turner officiating. Visitation will be from 12:00-1:30 p.m. Sunday in Howe and Yockey Funeral Home, Shelbyville. Burial will be in Glenwood Cemetery, Shelbyville, IL. Memorials may be given to the First Church of the Nazarene or the American Cancer Society.

     Dona was born on August 25, 1912, in Tower Hill, IL, the daughter of John and Nora Dilley Holbert. She graduated from Tower Hill High School in the Class of 1929. Dona was a homemaker and a Nurses’ Aide at Shelby Memorial Hospital. She was a member of the First Church of the Nazarene in Shelbyville, where she was a pianist for many years. She married John B. Barkhurst on January 23, 1937, in Springfield, IL. He died on November 20, 1989.

     She is survived by her daughters, Sharon Helton (Wayne) of Strasburg, IL, Karyn Maxey (Albert) of Lincoln, NE, Jean Landers (Jack) of Mt. Zion, IL and Debra Lynne of Peoria, IL; 11 grandchildren; 20 great-grandchildren; and three great-great-grandchildren.

     She was preceded in death by her parents; husband, John; daughter, Nellie Jo Henson in 2005; son-in-law, Lloyd Henson; and brother, Harve Holbert.

     The family would like to thank Hospice of Lincolnland for their care of our mother and a special thanks to Jessie and her staff at Hawthorne Inn for the outstanding care they gave our mother.

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