Lois C. Whitehead, 93, a lifelong Macon-DeWitt County resident, passed away September 26, 2013 at Dr. John Warner Hospital in Clinton, IL.


A celebration of the life of Lois Whitehead will be 11 AM Monday, September 30, 2013 at Calvert Funeral Home, Clinton, IL with J. Kent Hickerson officiating. Visitation will be Monday morning from 9:30 AM — 11 AM at the funeral home. Interment will follow at Memorial Park Cemetery in Clinton.


Lois Ferguson-Whitehead was born March 12, 1920 in Argenta, the daughter of Howard LeRoy and Lydia Dallman Mahoney. She married Don Ferguson June 17, 1944 in Decatur. Don passed away Sept. 17, 1990. Lois married Emil Ray Whitehead in Clinton, Aug. 10, 1996. He passed away March 9, 2010. Also preceding her in death were her parents; one sister, Shirley Ann Reed, Shelbyville, IL; one brother, Halfred Dean Mahoney, Argenta, IL; and one daughter, our beloved sister, Aurolyn Ann Ferguson, Bloomington, IL.


Lois is survived by her children, Gary (Pat) Ferguson, Santa Fe, NM; Dan (Lynn) Ferguson, Weldon, IL; and Mike (Janice) Ferguson of Clinton; seven grandchildren, Janet Ferguson, Denver, CO, Karen (Kevin) Crotchfelt, Indianapolis, IN, Ron (Angi) Ferguson, Wesley Chapel, FL, Jami (Mike) Huesing, Springfield, IL, Amy (Joe) Smith, Clinton, IL, Jason (Sara) Ferguson, Huntington Beach, CA, and Jeremy (Ashley) Ferguson, Clinton, IL.


Lois also loved her 11 great grandchildren; Kaela and Kyle Crotchfelt, Savannah and Vanessa Ferguson, Marissa and Brock Huesing, Jakob Ferguson, Lauren and Emily Smith and Shawn and Weston Ferguson.


As the years grew, so did Lois’ family. She was so very proud to also love three step-children; Bruce (Janet) Whitehead, Tullahoma, TN, Pamela Spears, Lake Charles, LA and Patty Goen, College Station, TX; seven step-grandchildren; Bryan Spears, Cushing, OK, Ashley (Ben) Cating, Dallas, TX, Elise (David) Beylund, Minot, ND, Jimmy, Jenna, Sam and Katie Goen of College Station, TX; and three step-great grandchildren; Anna, Rachel and Lydia Cating.


Lois is also survived by her brother, Jerry (Judy) Mahoney of Argenta, IL and many treasured nieces, nephews, extended family members and friends.


Lois was an active and lifelong member of the First Christian Church in Clinton, also active with the church’s Young at Heart group. She was a member of the American Legion Auxiliary, Dr. John Warner Hospital Auxiliary, Home Extension, “The Lois Club” and Red Hat Society.


Everyone who had the pleasure of knowing Lois knew she was active and energetic all her life. She was a hard-working and dedicated wife, mother, grandmother and great- grandmother who was a loyal and faithful servant to her family, church, friends and community. Lois enjoyed life to the fullest degree, dancing (always leading the conga line), traveling and camping. She could cook like no other. After all, her Mom taught her and Grandma Bine was the best. We will miss our Mother but we all know she has reached “The Perfect Place” and is once again, dancing.


Memorials may be made to the First Christian Church or the Clinton American Legion.


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Obituary written by family members.

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