Teresa G. McAvoy, 80, of Taylorville, IL died at 4:35 am Thursday, February 14, 2013, at her home surrounded by her husband, the love of her life for 62 years, and her loving and devoted children.

She was born May 10, 1932 in Mt. Auburn, IL the daughter of John Harlan and Sophronia Lush Clark.  On June 11, 1951 she married John P. McAvoy, Sr. at St. Mary’s Catholic Church in Taylorville.  Teresa was a member of St. Mary’s Catholic Church, Catholic Daughters of America, and the V.F.W. Auxiliary.  Her hobbies included her family, spoiling her Grandchildren, cooking and reading.  She retired from the Christian County Sheriff’s Office in 1992 after 19 years of service.  She then went to work as a tour guide for Classic Adventure in Springfield.  It was a job she truly loved alongside her husband travelling the United States.

Surviving are her husband, John P. McAvoy, Sr. of Taylorville; Sons: John McAvoy, Jr. and wife Michele of Chatham, and Joe McAvoy of Taylorville; Daughter Jane Sim of Taylorville; 5 Grandchildren: Amy Leverenz and husband John of Divernon, Lisa Rome of Glen Carbon, Jessica McAvoy, Ashley McAvoy, and Ryan McAvoy all of Chatham; 4 Great Grandchildren: Aiden Rome of Glen Carbon, Tayler Leverenz, Hannah Leverenz, and Molly Leverenz all of Divernon. She is survived by a brother: Russell Clark of Taylorville, and sisters: Marguerite Smith and Mary Rose Kristian both of Taylorville.  Teresa was preceded in death by her parents, Brothers: Edward Clark, John Clark, and Harold Clark and sister Helena Schulte.

Funeral services will be held at 2:30 pm Monday, February 18, at St. Mary’s Catholic Church with Father Alan Hunter officiating. Burial will be in Oak Hill Cemetery.  Visitation will be held from 5:00 pm – 7:00 pm Sunday at McClure Funeral Home, Taylorville.

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