Joan Kennedy White, 86 of Taylorville passed away at 8:40p.m. on Tuesday, February 13, 2018 at Taylorville Care Center.  She was born on June 21, 1931 in Champaign, Illinois, the daughter of John R. and Annabel (Tucker) Kennedy.  On December 30, 1951 she married Robert G. White in the First Presbyterian Church in Champaign. 


Joan worked for many years as a librarian at the Taylorville Public Library.  She was a member of the Taylorville First Presbyterian Church, THEOS, and DAR.  Joan enjoyed volunteer work not only at her church, but also at Memorial Medical Center.  Joan and Robert had many foster children throughout the years that they raised and cared for.
She is survived by her children: Rhonda G. Denning (Joseph) of Taylorville, Roberta “Robin” G. Steffen (Michael) of Springfield, Randall G White (companion Sheryl Coady) of Stonington, Richard G. White (Cathy) of Taylorville, Victor N. White of Billings, Montana, and Tina M White (Michelle) of Skokie; grandchildren: Jacqueline Coss (Brian), Michael Denning (Trudy), Eric Steffen, Douglas Steffen (Mandy), Kristopher White (Katie), Lindsay White (Dale Wilburn), Alysa White, Tyler White, Theodore White-Sandvik, and Keri Sinnard; great grandchildren: Benjamin Coss, Beau Coss, Harlee Steffen, Hayden Steffen, JoAnn Denning, Kathleen Denning, Rhett White, Gwendolyn White, Mila Burcham, Logan Coady, Alahna Sinnard, and Tristin Stine.  She was preceded in death by her parents, husband, daughter: Deborah White, and sister: Judy Whittington.

A funeral service for Joan will be held at 11:00a.m. on Saturday, February 17, 2018 at McClure Funeral Home in Taylorville with Rev. Tom Bellegante officiating.  Burial will take place in Oak Hill Cemetery in Taylorville.  Visitation will be held one hour prior to services on Saturday.  In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to the Christian County Senior Citizens. 


McClure Funeral Home and Cremation Services in Taylorville is handling arrangements.  Memories of Joan, or condolences to the family, may be left online at

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