Vieva Joyce Pence, 88, of rural Lomax, Illinois, passed away Wednesday, January 27, 2021 on the 25th Anniversary of her son, Stanley’s, death at the Oaklane Nursing & Rehab in Stronghurst, Illinois. Vieva was a 31 year survivor of Colon Cancer.
Vieva was born on December 21, 1932 in Media, Illinois, the daughter of Carl and Adelina (Johnson) Lindgren. On August 1, 1954 she married William Pence at the Stronghurst Bethel Lutheran Church. He survives.
Vieva was a graduate of the Media High School. She was a longtime member of the Terre Haute United Methodist Church, where she taught Sunday School and helped with Vacation Bible School. She also served in many offices within the Henderson County Republican Women. Vieva was an accomplished vocalist who sang at weddings, funerals and church events in her earlier years.
She enjoyed cooking, hosting gatherings and especially enjoyed time spent with friends and family. It was important to her to make sure every family event was special and memorable for her children and grandchildren.
Vieva and her husband, Bill and children, spent many years raising and showing Registered Hampshire Sheep at county, state, and national livestock fairs. During that time, they created many memories with their family and friends.
Survivors include her husband of 66 years, Bill; five children, Susan Pratt of LaHarpe, Illinois, Steve (Julie) Pence of rural Lomax, Sherry (Kevin) Beals of LaHarpe, Sally (Rodney) Boyle of LaHarpe and Shirley (Rod) Morrison of Cameron, Missouri; sixteen grandchildren, Mike (Amy) Pratt, Cassie Pratt, Sasha Pratt, Shannon (Felecia) Pence, Amber (Jason) Duncan, Drew (Erica) Pence, Skyler (Mariah) Pence, Samantha (Tyler) Howe, Madison (Kevin) Mershon, Mitch Beals, Mason Beals, Jessica (Nick) Malone, Fisher Boyle, Tucker Morrison, Carter Morrison and Sam Morrison; seventeen great-grandchildren and three great-grandchildren on the way. Also surviving is one brother, Harold (Barbara) Lindgren of Cypress, Texas and several nieces and nephews.
Vieva was preceded in death by one son, Stanley Fisher Pence; two grandchildren, Kade Stanley Pratt and Meredith Ann Beals and siblings, Arline Larson, Charles Lindgren and Marie Lindgren.
Due to the pandemic no formal visitation will be held, but friends may pay their respects from noon until 6:00 p.m. Friday, January 29, 2021 at Banks & Beals Funeral Home in LaHarpe. A private family service will be held 1:00 p.m. Saturday, January 30th at Banks & Beals in LaHarpe with Rev. Lee Unger officiating. Burial will follow in the Heisler Cemetery located on Bill and Vieva’s farm near Lomax.
A memorial fund has been established for the Terre Haute United Methodist Church, Oak Lane Nursing & Rehab or Hospice Compassus. To sign the guest book or leave a condolence, please visit Vieva’s obituary at banksandbeals.com.