SOUTH ROXANA, Ill. - Rachel Katherine Gilliam, 71, formerly of East Prairie, Mo., died at 6:32 a.m. May 4, 2002, at Eldercare of Alton.
Born Oct. 20, 1930, in Hickman, Ky., daughter of the late Wyvonne and Artie Norris DeBaun, she lived in South Roxana most of her life and worked in the housekeeping department of Eldercare of Alton for 20 years before retiring.
In 1947, she married Fred Gilliam Jr. who preceded her in death on Dec. 4, 1996.
Survivors include: one son and daughter-in-law, Fred W. and Ornetta Gilliam of Wood River; two daughters and sons-in-law, Nancy and Bill Somers of Granite City and Kathy and Chuck Daniels of Matthews, Mo.; three sisters, Ruby Davis of Prescott, Ariz., Retha Cline of Montgomery, Ala., and Rena McIlroy of Gary, Ind.; and five grandchildren and one great-grandchild.
She was also preceded in death by one sister, Ruth Ray; and one brother, Winfred DeBaun.
Visitation begins at 4 p.m. today at Shelby Funeral Home in East Prairie where services are scheduled for 10 a.m. Tuesday with Larry Long officiating.
Burial will follow in East Prairie Memorial Park Cemetery.