Phyllis Arlene Beck, 75, of Stonington, IL died at 3:48 pm, Saturday, November 9, 2013 at St. Mary’s Hospital, Decatur, IL.

She was born March 4, 1938 in Decatur, IL the daughter of Chester R. and Viola Rose Wells. On November 16, 1963 she married Lowell L. Beck at the Mt. Zion Presbyterian Church. He preceded her in death on March 20, 2011. She attended the First Baptist Church in Stonington. Mrs. Beck was the Valedictorian of the Mt. Zion High School Class of 1956. She attended Illinois State University and graduated with a Bachelors Degree in Education from Milliken University. She taught elementary school in Decatur and also substituted and was an aide at Stonington Elementary School. Phyllis was an accomplished pianist and played at Old Stonington Baptist Church for many years and played at Decatur Memorial Hospital every Wednesday. She was an active volunteer at Decatur Memorial Hospital, and taught Sunday School for many years at Old Stonington Baptist Church. Phyllis was on the Board of Directors for the Stonington Township Library and was an active volunteer with the Library. She loved sewing and crafts and Phyllis’ greatest legacy will be her love and adoration of her grandchildren.

Surviving are her son: Bryan Beck and wife Renee of Ft. Mill, SC; Daughter: Kerry Beck of Waukesha, WI. Grandchildren: Camille Beck, Apryl Beck, Kinsey Ernst, Emma Ernst, and Nathan Ernst.

Funeral Services will be held at 10:00 am Thursday, November 14 at First Baptist Church in Stonington with Dr. William Mitchell officiating. Burial will be in Old Stonington Cemetery. Visitation will be held from 5:00 pm – 7:00 pm Wednesday at McClure Funeral Home, Taylorville, IL and one hour prior to services in the Church on Thursday.

Memorials may be made to: First Baptist Church in Stonington or Inter Council Food Pantry in Blue Mound.

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