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Helen "Bernice" Clagg, 88, of Edgewood passed away at 8:10 p.m. on Sunday, April 30, 2017, at Lakeland Rehabilitation & Healthcare Center in Effingham.
Funeral service will be at 2 p.m. Wednesday at Pagel Funeral Homes in Edgewood. There will be a two-hour visitation prior to the service. Burial will be at Edgewood Cemetery. Memorials may go to the family, Edgewood Cemetery or donor's choice. Online condolences may be expressed at www.pagelfuneralhome.com.
Bernice was born on May 21, 1928, in Fayette County, Illinois, the daughter of William D. and Callie A. (Hoffman) Watson. She married Charles Edward Myers on March 10, 1948. He preceded her in death in October 1963. She married Arlon P. Lacey in March 28, 1965. He preceded her in death on Dec. 15, 1977. She married Charlie Clagg on Feb. 1, 1981, and he preceded her in death on June 18, 1993.
She was a member of the Edgewood American Legion Ladies Auxiliary Post 1168 for 30 years, Eastern Star in Edgewood, Federal Housing board in Effingham for 28 years and a lifetime member of the Altamont Ladies Auxiliary. She enjoyed sewing, bowling, macrame, gardening, crocheting and spending time with family and friends.
She is survived by her son, Troy Lacey of Effingham; two daughters, Karen Mahaffey (husband Chuck) of Edgewood, and Trela Parks (husband Doyal) of Farina; one stepdaughter, Helen "Cookie" Smith (late husband Harland) of Sandoval; two stepsons, Michael Clagg (wife Debbie) of Altamont, and Shawn Kearney (wife Tammy) of Altamont; 15 grandchildren; 22 great-grandchildren; four great-great-grandchildren; and special friend, Sam Howell of Flora.
She was preceded in death by her parents, William and Callie Watson; brother, Walter "Bud" Watson; half brother, Sig T. Zeitlin; sister, Florence Campbell; brother-in-law, Duane Campbell; grandson, Brad Mahaffey; and great-grandbaby, Morgan Green.
Published on May 1, 2017
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