Laura Mae Sturtevant, born Feb. 6, 1917, in Oakwood, to Stephen and Margaret Hilt, died on July 22, 2019, at the young age of 102.
As a farmer’s wife, mother, and grandmother, her life was as full as it was long. From childhood in the ‘20s, to adolescence in the Great Depression, to a young woman during World War II, to her marriage to Loren Sturtevant in 1947, to the raising of their children, Patricia, Debra, and Randal, to the loss of Loren in 1978, to her golden years, Laura Mae never slowed down. She worked at Wendt-Sonis, International Shoe Company and Newberry Dime Store. She was raised in the Catholic Church, and then joined Akers Chapel Church later in life.
Life on the farm in Hull, Ill., was both joy and work — hard work but not without a smile, a dance, and a song in her heart. That joy never left her, even in the end, she was humming songs and dancing with her shoulders. She loved to cook, preparing as many as 19 separate dishes for Thanksgiving, and canning everything in sight including “glow in the dark” pickles. She was a Girl Scout leader, but mostly, a mother, grandmother, and a farm wife (three full-time jobs in and of themselves).
Laura Mae loved to be with her family. She loved road trips. She loved cooking everyone’s favorite food, especially French toast and chocolate cake with chocolate icing. She was a seamstress who loved to sew Halloween costumes for her grandchildren. She enjoyed playing with the grandkids, board game parties with the “ladies,” and just loved laughing at life.
Laura Mae was preceded in death by her husband, Loren; and daughter, Patricia Platt.
She is survived by her daughter, Debra (Dale Gulick) Jones of Black Mountain, N.C.; and son, Randal Sturtevant of Jacksonville, Ill.; grandchildren, William (Roberta) Platt, Greg Platt, Landon (Kristin) Jones and Brittnee Jones; and great-grandchildren, Caitlin, Willow, and Lilly Platt, and Parker and Zane Jones.
Memorial donations may be made to Stewart Cemetery in
Plainville, Ill., Holy Family Catholic Church in Hannibal, or the
denomination of your choice.
A memorial celebration will be held at a later date.
Smith Funeral Home and Chapel is in charge of arrangements.