In Memory of

Ilene Derry

Full Name: Ilene R. Derry
Date of Birth: November 16, 1931
Date of Death: February 15, 2020
February 20, 2020 - 5:00 PM to 7:00 PM - Henry-Lange Memorial Home Cuba
Service Information:
February 20, 2020 - Private Baughman Cemetery at later date.

Smithfield- Ilene R. Derry, 88, of Smithfield passed away at 7:17 AM Saturday February 15, 2020 at OSF Health Care in Peoria.

She was born November 16, 1931 at Smithfield the daughter of Estey and Elsie (Tarter) Stevens. She married Richard W. Derry on January 14, 1950 at Canton. He died September 9, 2003. She was also preceded in death by her parents and two brothers, Kenneth and Harold Stevens. Surviving are four daughters, Diana (Mark) Fife of Canton, Sheila (Rick) Smith of Smithfield, Brenda (Tony) Shore of Kingsville, MO; and Teresa (Jeff) Milne of Kennesaw, GA; seven grandchildren and eleven great grandchildren.

Ilene was a homemaker and a lifelong farmer. She was a volunteer at the Red Brick School and helped make noodles. She was a former member of the Fulton County Farm Bureau. Ilene loved to read, play pitch and work on crossword puzzles. She enjoyed traveling and spending time with her grandchildren and great grandchildren. Family was everything.

Cremation will be accorded. A gathering of family and friends will be held from 5-7 PM Thursday at the Henry-Lange Memorial Home in Cuba. A family friend David Haney will say a few words and a prayer at 5:00 PM. Private burial of ashes will be at a later date at Baughman Cemetery. Memorial contributions may be made to the Red Brick School or Grant Keime Memorial Trust. To view Ilene’s life tribute video or to send online condolences visit

To view video tribute click here.
From: Lisa OwenFeb 17 2020 1:55PM
I’m very sorry for your loss. Sending prayers and hugs.
From: Judy RenchFeb 17 2020 6:04PM
So sorry to all family, she was a wonderful person.
From: Melissa WhiteFeb 17 2020 6:37PM
I was so sorry to hear of your loss.  She was a delightful neighbor.  We will miss her greatly.  Prayers go out to your family as you face the grief journey.  
From: Donna Marie WilsonFeb 17 2020 6:52PM

We are thinking of all of you and praying for peace and comfort as you remember your dear Mom.
She was a great lady.  She was always kind and loving as I spent many days and nights at your home growing up.

Our love to all of you,

Tom and Donna

From: Frank Marriggi Feb 17 2020 11:11PM
So very sorry for the loss of your mom. Sending prayers to your family.
From: Frank Marriggi Feb 17 2020 11:13PM
So very sorry for the loss of your mom. Sending prayers to your family.
From: Frank Marriggi Feb 17 2020 11:14PM
So very sorry for the loss of your mom. Sending prayers to your family.
From: Fred & Angela YoungFeb 18 2020 7:14AM
Remembering her wonderful and gentle soul will forever remain in our hearts. May she rest in peace.
From: Ron Beaird Feb 18 2020 1:09PM
So sorry for your loss your mother was a wonderful person. ?
From: Marilee Derry GriffinFeb 18 2020 3:35PM
Diana and sisters, I am so sorry to hear of the loss of your mom. Your Grandma and Grandpa Derry were my favorite aunt and uncle and I always loved to go stay with them. When I did Dick and Ilene were always next door and I loved to see them both, usually every day. Dick and Jack always came each day for coffee and I usually was able to get Ilene to make her great "bubble loaf" sometime while I was staying there. She also was so fun to be around and had such a great laugh! I remember it well.
I haven't seen her for several years, the last time at Darlene's house in Canton. Please accept my condolences and prayers for each of you. She was a wonderful person and will be greatly missed.

Love to each of you.

From: Jamie SeneseFeb 19 2020 1:05PM
Dear Teresa and sisters,
We were so saddened to hear of your mother's death.  She was a beloved touchstone to so many, but most especially to all of you.  Our warmest thoughts go out to you.
The (Milne) Seneses
Jamie, Guy, Mia and Zoe
From: Bill & Harriett LockardFeb 25 2020 11:14AM
So sorry for your loss.  Ilene was a  very sweet lady.

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