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Betty Ann Willmore, 69, of Opdyke, Illinois passed away at 11:43 A.M. Tuesday, December 20, 2016 at SSM Health Good Samaritan Hospital in Mount Vernon, Illinois, surrounded by her loving, husband, children, grandchildren, and family. When she was born, it was a beautiful day, Thursday, July 31, 1947 in New Orleans, Louisiana to parents, Evans & Shirley (Tansey) Marcel. She married Dale Willmore December 31, 1983 in Benton, Illinois and they shared 33 wonderful years together. She first married Walter Eckerle, Jr. and he survives with his wife, Shirlene.

A Private Family Service will be held at Lake Lawn Park Cemetery in New Orleans, Louisiana at a later date where interment will follow.

A Visitation will be held Friday, December 23, 2016 from 5:00 P.M. to 8:00 P.M. at Hughey Funeral Home in Mount Vernon, Illinois.

Betty Ann Willmore is survived by her husband, Dale Willmore of Opdyke, Illinois; 2 sons, Walter "Bubba" Eckerle III and wife, Pam of Loranger, Louisiana and Scott Schauf of Fairfield, Illinois; 6 daughters, Tammy Ponthieux and husband Daimon of Kenner, Louisiana, Sandra Bruns and husband, Chris of Winter Haven, Florida, Saundra Ping and special friend, Robert of Mount Vernon, Illinois, Tara Mueth and husband, Matt of New Athens, Illinois, Amber Paddock of McLeansboro, Illinois, and Miranda Willmore and fiancé, Robert Cox of Marion, Illinois; 28 grandchildren; 13 great- grandchildren; brother, Raymond Marcel of Louisiana; 5 sisters, Carol Scardina of Louisiana, Bonnie Untereiner of Louisiana, Violet Whittle of Louisiana, Debra Miller and her husband, John of Louisiana, and Karen Marcel of Louisiana; and several nieces and nephews.

Her parents; 4 great-grandchildren; and a brother, Evans "Boogie" Marcel preceded her in death.

Betty was known greatly for her generous heart and her spicy Cajun personality. She never met a stranger and lived by the phrase, "All a stranger is, is a friend you haven't met yet." There was always room in her heart for another soul. Betty most enjoyed going to her daughter's concerts and listening to her sing. Her greatest joy was spending time with her friends and family, especially her grandchildren and great-grandchildren. Betty was dearly loved by all and will be missed by all who knew her.

Arrangements have been entrusted to the care of Hughey Funeral Home where you may call
(618) 242-3348 or visit www.hugheyfh.com for further information and to send condolences.
Published on December 21, 2016
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