Mary Virginia Lence

Mary Virginia Lence

Mary Virginia Lence, 93, of Lick Creek, died Saturday, Aug. 15, 2020, at her son’s home. 

She was born 7 miles east of Anna, in Union County, on Aug. 26, 1926, the daughter of George and Etta Gurley Manus. 

She married Walter Truman Lence on May 8, 1943. He preceded her in death on June 24, 2004. 

Mrs. Lence is survived by her two sons, Richard (Patty) Lence of Anna and Mervin (Sue) Lence of Lick Creek; a daughter, Rosalee Edwards of Marion; eight grandchildren, John (Dietta) Lence, Robert (Laura) Lence, Laura Lence, David Lence, Mervin Jr. (Tammy) Lence, Larry Lence, Mike Craft and Becky (Jay) Arnett; 25 great-grandchildren; 12 great-great-grandchildren; a sister, Emma Williams of Olmsted; many nieces and nephews; other relatives and friends. 

She was preceded in death by her parents; her husband, Walter Truman Lence; sons Walter and George Lence; grandsons Joshua and Rhett Lence; two sisters, Mellie Karraker and Nellie Childers; and two brothers, Raymond and Wayne Manus. 

She enjoyed working on family genealogy and tending to her flowers. It was no surprise to see her digging up dandelions with her butter knife all the way into the summer of 2020. 

She was a member of the United Missionary Baptist Church in Lick Creek. Virginia was a strong Christian woman who dearly loved her family. 

Her family extended a special thank you to Dr. Micah Oakley, Bounceback, LHC Home Health Care, Hospice of Southern Illinois and Kristie Bloodworth for all the special care that was given to their mother. 

Graveside funeral services were at 11 a.m. Tuesday, Aug. 18, at Ebenezer Hall Cemetery in Lick Creek.  Interment immediately followed.

Memorials can be made to Ebenezer Hall Cemetery. 

To view the obituary and to leave online condolences for the family, visit 

Rendleman & Hileman Funeral Home in Anna was in charge of arrangements.

The Gazette-Democrat

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