NEPONSET — Jeanne L. Gunning, 94, of Neponset died at 10:57 a.m. Wednesday, March 26, 2014, in the emergency room at Kewanee Hospital.
She was born Sept. 30, 1919, in Neponset, the daughter of Robert R. and Ethel L. (Headley) Coates. She married Cecil M. Gunning on Nov. 19, 1943, in San Diego, Calif.
Survivors include her three sons, Daniel (Elissa) Gunning of Galena, Gregg (Paula) Gunning of Neponset and Clifford (Dee) Gunning of Kewanee; her brother, Thomas Coates of Kewanee; two brothers-in-law, Lawrence Gunning of Texas and Lloyd (Phyllis) Gunning of Aurora; 10 grandchildren, Christopher, Brian, Kyle, Lance, Derek, Brandon, Shawna, Jay, Elizabeth and Kathryn; and 12 great-grandchildren, Nathan, William, Kathryn, Kaylin, Zachary, Caleb, Kimberly, Alexandria, Trinity, Mira, Brian and Jacob.
She was preceded in death by her parents; her husband; a brother, Robert; and a sister, Elizabeth.
Jeanne lived on the family farm southeast of Neponset and attended country school through seventh grade and completed eighth grade in town. She graduated from Neponset High School in 1937 as salutatorian. She was a member of Boy’s 4-H Club, having numerous projects with sheep being her major one, attending county and state fairs and showing Grand Champion at the International Livestock Show in Chicago in 1936 and had also led Girl’s 4-H Club with her sister for several years. Jeanne attended Western Illinois University, receiving her teaching certificate and also attended the University of Illinois, Augustana and Black Hawk East. She began teaching in country schools for two years and then taught for District 152 for a little over three years. In 1945 she returned to Neponset where she went back to teaching in Mineral-Annawan Unit from 1959 to 1970 and then taught at Neponset from 1970 until her retirement in 1993.
Jeanne was a member of the Neponset Congregational Church, where she had served on the church board, taught Sunday school for 25 years and had been card ministry coordinator. She was a life member of the Neponset Historical Society, having served on the board and was elected to the Neponset Public Library Board of Trustees in 1979, serving as the board secretary. She was also a life member of Home Health Services in Princeton. Her interests were many and included, Champion of Youth, reading, writing, gardening, sports of all kinds, especially the Chicago Bears and Cubs, good music, pets and animals, nature and God. She was involved in farming all of her life. Jeanne maintained a sense of humor, minded her own business, lived and let live, kept her faith in God and counted her blessings every day.
Funeral services will be at 11 a.m. Monday, March 31, at the Rux Funeral Home in Kewanee with the Rev. William R. Toliver officiating. Burial will be in Evergreen Memory Gardens in rural Kewanee.
Visitation will be from 3 to 6 p.m. Sunday, March 30, at the funeral home.
In lieu of flowers, memorials may be directed to the Neponset Historical Society or to the Neponset Public Library.
This obituary may be viewed and private condolences left at www.ruxfuneralhome.com.