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Helen J. Lithgow

Published: Monday, May 7, 2012 8:52 a.m. CDT

DWIGHT, Ill. — Mrs. Helen June Henderson Lithgow, 83, of Dwight, Ill., passed away peacefully at 7:18 a.m. Saturday, May 5, 2012, at her residence with her loving husband and children by her side.

Visitation will be from 5 to 8 p.m. Friday, May 11, at Hager Memorial Home, 201 W. Mazon Ave., Dwight. Her funeral service will be at 11 a.m. Saturday, May 12, at the memorial home, with the Rev. Lance Leeds officiating. Interment will be at Union Cemetery in Emington.

Helen was born June 29, 1928, in Mazon, Ill., the daughter of George and Esther Winterbottom Henderson. She married Harold Lithgow on March 4, 1973, at the United Methodist Church in Dwight.

Surviving are her husband of 39 years, Harold; her children, Susan Farris of Fort Worth, Texas, Sally (Dean) Henderson of Dwight, and Norval (Kathy) Wiemken of Dwight; sisters-in-law Virginia Henderson of Rock Island, Jean Henderson of Seattle, Wash., and Darlene Lithgow of Emington; a brother-in-law, Dempsey Burris of Hyde Park, N.Y.; grandchildren Brian (Rachel) Farris, Jason Farris, Michael Henderson, Tifney (Brian) Walkup, Corey (Joe Call) Henderson, and Amanda, Joey, Alyson and Mary Wiemken; great-grandchildren Aiden Farris, Calvin Farris, Zack Farris, Sami Henderson, Dalton Henderson, Keegan Walkup, and Kayla Walkup; and several nieces and nephews.

Helen was preceded in death by her parents, George and Esther Henderson; four sisters, Mary Wilkey, Dorothy Marx, Erma Rothrock, and Peggy Burris; and two brothers, Ray Henderson and Willis Henderson.

A member of the Dwight United Methodist Church, Helen had been a waitress for many years and worked as an aide at the Veterans Administration Hospital, Dwight, prior to working for the state of Illinois with the Department of Corrections in Dwight. There she worked as a correctional officer, achieving the rank of sergeant and retiring as supervisor of the Laundry Department after 24 years of service.

She enjoyed and participated as a spectator in the activities of her children, grandchildren, and great-grandchildren. She was loved and will be greatly missed.

Condolences can be extended online to the family at

In lieu of flowers, memorials may be directed to Camp Quality Illinois, P.O. Box 641, Lansing, Ill., 60438 — "Where kids with cancer can be kids again" — in honor of her great-granddaughter, Sami, who is in remission.

Hager Memorial Home, Dwight, is in charge of arrangements. For additional information, call the funeral home at (815) 584-2666.

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