Marguerite VanScyoc (75) of rural Neoga


Published on March 12 2013 4:34 pm

Marguerite VanScyoc, 75, of rural Neoga, passed away at 2:00 p.m. on March 9, 2013 at Heartland Christian Village surrounded by her lovely family.

Funeral Services honoring her life will begin at 10:30 a.m. on Thursday, March 14th, 2013 at Mt. Zion Baptist Church, 660 County Road 950 North, with Pastor Randy Black officiating. Burial will follow at Drummond cemetery. Visitation for family and friends will be held from 6:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m. on Wednesday, March 13th, 2013 at Swengel-O’Dell Funeral Home, in Neoga.

Marguerite was born on July 21, 1937 in Casey, IL the daughter of Darrell (Bus) and Mildred Downey. She married Richard VanScyoc on November 7th, 1965. Survivors include 4 daughters, Vicki (Doug) Hock of Arcola, Melinda (Jerry) Adams, of Mattoon, Kathy (Gary) Himes of Lerna, and Anita Van Scyoc of Neoga, IL , 5 sons Carlos VanScyoc of Vandalia, Brad (Lori) Van Scyoc of Safford, AZ, Mark Cleeton of Rhome TX, David (Amy) Cleeton of Neoga, IL, Dale (Marla) VanScyoc of Neoga, IL,1 foster daughter Alice (Brian) Icenogle, 1 Brother Jerry (Kathy) Downey of Casey, IL, 1 sister Kay Stepp of Marshall, IL, 33 grandchildren and 34 great grandchildren.

Marguerite was preceded in death by her parents Darrell & Mildred Downey, first husband Morris Curtis Cleeton and second husband Richard VanScyoc, 2 sisters Wanda Kemper and Norma Himes, 1 son Kenneth Vanscyoc, 2 grandchildren Adam VanScyoc and Amanda VanScyoc, a daughter in-law Starr Vanscyoc, foster son Gary (Chod) Williams.

Marguerite was employed by Wal-Mart in Mattoon for 27 years. She was a 17-year cancer survivor. Marguerite was a dedicated member of Mt. Zion Baptist Church where she attended for 45 years and served as Sunday school secretary for several years. She enjoyed spending time with family and friends, sharing precious moments on her front porch. For over 30 years she enjoyed preparing meals on Sundays for her family as well as any guests who happened to stop by. Her hobbies included daily Bible devotion, gardening, canning, and reading. She was the heartbeat of her family and she will be sorely missed.