Marjorie Joan Rhinehart Killough, 86, of Tyler, passed away peacefully at 7:46 a.m. on Saturday, July 19, 2014, at Providence Park Rehabilitation Hospital in Tyler.
Funeral services will be at 10 a.m. on Monday, July 28, 2014, at Carmody-Flynn Williamsburg Funeral Home, Bloomington, Ill. Visitation will be on Sunday, July 27, 2014, from 2 to 4 p.m. at the same location. Interment will be in Park Hill Cemetery, Bloomington.
Memorial contributions, in lieu of flowers, may be made to Advocate BroMenn Medical Center in Normal, Ill.; First United Methodist Church in Normal, Ill.; or a
Joan was born at Brokaw Hospital in Normal on Oct. 25, 1927, to Victor Langdon and Marjorie Gildersleeve Rhinehart. She married Robert Gene Killough M.D. at the Hudson Baptist Church in Hudson, Ill., on Aug. 19, 1951. Her husband predeceased her on May 17, 2005. She was also preceded in death by her only sibling, Robert Langdon Rhinehart, of Hudson, Ill.
Joan grew up on the Victor family farm between Normal and Hudson. Her initial taste of school was at 5 years old at the "One Room School House" just south of the family farm, where she insisted she attend "just because her brother did." Her formal education began at the Hudson Grade School, where she attended through the fifth grade, and she completed sixth through eighth grades at Thomas Metcalf School in Normal.
Joan graduated from University High School in Normal in 1945 and then attended Northwestern University, where she was a member of Pi Beta Phi sorority and earned her Bachelor of Science degree in zoology. Thereafter, she attended Wesley Memorial School of Nursing in Chicago, where she graduated with a three-year nursing degree in 1950.
Joan loved her nursing career, which included two years of teaching at Northwestern before marrying her husband and moving to Normal to raise her family. In addition to nursing, she loved classical music, Blue Bell ice cream (a Texas classic), the roses that bloomed on her patio and the special relationships with family and friends, which she faithfully maintained by means of her yearly Christmas cards.
Joan was a loving mother to her two children, Robert Victor Killough, of Dallas, and John Scott Killough, of Tyler, as well as her "Guardian Angel" daughter-in-law, Susie. She adored her grandchildren: Ian Scott Killough, of Tulsa, Okla., Courtney Leigh Killough, of Tyler, and Robert Andrew Killough, of College Station, all of whom survive her. She was very close to her two beloved sisters-in-law: Alice Schuemaker and Linda Killough, both of Clinton, Ill. She is also survived by seven nieces and nephews: Linda Rhinehart, of Normal, Kathy Fitton, of Hudson, Mark Rhinehart, of Hudson, Mark Killough, of Clinton, Debbie Hass, of Clinton, Alice Moss, of McComb, Ill., and Garel Schuemaker, of Clinton; as well as many grandnieces and grandnephews.
While raising her family, Joan was active in the Women's Medical Auxiliary, the First United Methodist Church in Normal and the Daughters of the American Revolution. Later, she worked in her husband's solo medical practice and helped manage the family's agricultural interests. She was passionate about the "U-High Girls" Bridge Club and maintained those close high school relationships even after she moved to Texas.
After moving to Tyler, Joan lived independently until the last six weeks of her life. Her greatest desire at the end was to simply "go to sleep" so that she wouldn't be a burden to her family. God graciously granted her request Saturday morning when she told her nurse that she was tired and just wanted to take a nap; and so she did. She wanted to express her thanks to all of her doctors in Tyler who took such good care of her and to the caregivers at Providence Park for their loving care over the last few weeks.
Her graciousness, thoughtfulness to others insight and presence will be greatly missed by all her family and friends.
Carmody-Flynn Williamsburg Funeral Home
1800 Eastland Drive Bloomington, IL 61704
Published in Tyler Morning Telegraph on July 24, 2014