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Elizabeth Lust

Published: Tuesday, May 20, 2014 9:07 a.m. CDT • Updated: Wednesday, May 21, 2014 2:14 p.m. CDT

SPRING VALLEY — Elizabeth Lust, 103, of Spring Valley passed away Monday, May 19, 2014, in Manor Court of Peru.

Mrs. Lust had resided in Spring Valley with her daughter and son-in-law, Billie Jean and James Taylor, for the past 13  years. She was born on Christmas Day, 1910, in Girard, Ill., to Charles and Jessie (Haddow) Morton.

She spent her early years in Gillespie, Ill. Elizabeth came to Spring Valley to live following her eighth-grade graduation, where she lived with her aunt and uncle, Mary and Billy Gunther. She graduated from Hall High School in 1929 and then attended Brown’s Business College in LaSalle. She worked in the office of Gunther’s Ice Cream Factory, served as supervisor of the WPA Sewing Project and was the receptionist for Dr. E.G. Marty, all in Spring Valley. She later worked for the state of Illinois, Department of Motor Fuel Tax Refund Division in Springfield prior to her marriage to Gustav A. Lust on Aug. 26,1950. Following her marriage, she was a volunteer at Lighted Way in LaSalle for 40 years, was a Girl Scout leader and an election judge. Elizabeth has been a member of the Spring Valley United Church of Christ (Congregational) since 1926, where she served on the Board of Deacons, taught Sunday school and served on the Memorial Committee. She is one of two that were the original peanut brittle ladies of the church, still participating in the project in 2013. She was also a member of the Peru VFW Auxiliary.

Mrs. Lust is survived by her daughter, Billie Jean (James) Taylor of Spring Valley; two grandchildren, Elizabeth (Nick) Dornik of Champaign and Andrew Taylor of Springfield; and nieces and nephews.

She was preceded in death by her aunt and uncles that raised her; her husband on Jan. 29, 1977; an older sister, Beatrice, and a younger sister, Jean Neben; and a younger brother, William.

A memorial service will be at 11:30 a.m. Saturday, May 31, at the Spring Valley United Church of Christ with the Rev. Chuck Maney officiating. Burial of her ashes will be held at Valley Memorial Park at a later time.

Visitation will be one hour prior to the services Saturday, May 31, at the church. Fellowship will be held in the church hall following the services.

Memorials may be directed to the Spring Valley United Church of Christ, with part being shared with the Sunday school.

The Hurst Funeral Home in LaSalle is handling arrangements for family. Online condolences may be viewed and remembrances shared at www.hurstfuneralhomes.com.

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