Susa Jane McWard, 93, of Palmer, passed away at 11:10 p.m. on Saturday, November 25, 2017 at Taylorville Care Center in Taylorville, IL.


Susa Jane was born December 15, 1923 at home, in rural Taylorville, the daughter of Harry C. and Julia N. (Micenheimer) Hudson. She married Raymond McWard on August 19, 1949 at the First Presbyterian Church of Morrisonville in Morrisonville, IL. He preceded her in death on April 7, 1986.


Susa Jane graduated from Taylorville High School, and went on to earn a bachelor’s degree in home economics from Eastern Illinois University. She taught home economics in the Hammond and Blue Mound schools for a few years, before becoming a full-time home maker. Susa Jane devoted her life to her family’s needs. She was a member of the First Presbyterian Church of Morrisonville, a past member of the Order of the Eastern Star and Ladies Auxiliary of Palmer, and was instrumental in bringing city water to the town of Palmer. Susa Jane enjoyed sewing, and was an excellent cook. Her greatest joy in life was raising her children, and spending time with her grandchildren.


She was also preceded in death by her parents.


Susa Jane is survived by her daughter, Rebecca (husband, Bill) Arkebauer of Palmer, IL; her sons, Harry J. McWard of Palmer, IL, Monroe (wife, Laurie) McWard of Rochester, IL, and Jeff McWard of Taylorville; several grandchildren and great grandchildren; her sister, Julia Lee (husband, Wendell) Nash of Peoria, IL; and several nieces and nephews.


Visitation: The family will receive friends from 4:00 – 7:00 p.m., Tuesday, November 28, 2017 at Shafer-Perfetti & Assalley Funeral Home, 202 W. Franklin St., Taylorville, IL 62568.


Funeral Ceremony: 10:00 a.m., Wednesday, November 29, 2017 at Shafer-Perfetti & Assalley Funeral Home in Taylorville, with Rev. Jim Ferrill as officiant.


Interment will follow at Morrisonville Cemetery in Morrisonville, IL.


Memorial Contributions may be made to: First Presbyterian Church of Morrisonville, 111 North St., Morrisonville, IL 62546.


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