Lucille V. (Crocker) Laird

Lucille V. (Crocker) Laird, 91, of Waltonville died 12:02 a.m. July 9, 2007. 
Lucille was born April 10, 1916, in Scheller, the daughter of Claude and Martha 
Jane (McBride) Crocker. She was a graduate of the Goode-Barren Township High School. 
After working a number of years in Chicago, Lucille married James Howard Laird on 
Oct. 15, 1939. They lived in northern Illinois and later settled in southern Illinois 
where they operated a dairy farm for close to fifty years. Howard preceded her in death 
Oct. 10, 1982. 

Funeral services will be held 1p.m. Thursday at Newell Funeral Home in Waltonville. 
Burial will follow at Knob Prairie Cemetery in Waltonville. Friends may call from 5 to 9 p.m. 
Wednesday at the funeral home. 

Mrs. Laird is survived by two sons, Jim Laird and wife Sidney of Waltonville, and 
Marvin Laird and wife Marsha of Chatham; two daughters, Karen and husband Gerald 
Benjamin of Knoxville, and Donna Knight and Michael Knight of St. Clair, Mo.; two 
sisters, Kathleen and husband Jesse Ferge and Rosemary Boyd of Colorado; one brother, 
Frank Crocker and wife Doris of Galesburg; 14 grandchildren, Don Laird and wife Dawn, 
Alan Laird and wife Renee, Melanie and husband Mike DeSutter, Dan Laird and wife Ann, 
Chris Laird and wife Isabell, Theresa and husband Curtis Cunningham, Scott Healy and 
wife Julie, Shane Healy and wife Mindy, Shaun Healy and wife Leslie, Tammy and husband 
Joe Cato, Amy and husband Walter Nettles, Ann and husband Mike Nott, Brett Benjamin and 
wife Donna, Kira and husband Jason Long; and she is also survived by 33 great grandchildren 
and by 2 great great-grandchildren. 

She was preceded in death by her parents; her husband, one daughter, Barb Healy, wife 
of Don, and sisters, Claudene Cottom, Margaret Lewis, Florence Crocker and an infant s
ister Lois, and two brothers Lester and Donald Crocker. 

Lucille was a member of the Daughters of the American Revolution, a member of Home 
Community Education, the Prairie Historian, a 4-H leader for 40 years, and a member of 
the Universalist Church Waltonville as well as many other organizations. Lucille was a 
strong willed person who loved to discuss politics. 

In lieu of flowers, memorials may be given to the Knob Prairie Cemetery and will be 
accepted at the funeral home. For more information call Newell Funeral Home at 279-7272 
or visit online at for on-line obituary and on-line condolences 
and a memorial tribute video.

Source: The Register-News, Mt. Vernon, IL
Date: July 10, 2007  
Submitted by Robert W. Loman

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