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Lillian J. Jacoby

Birth Date: March 16, 1924
Death Date: May 7, 2017

Lillian J. Jacoby, 93, of Oreana, went to be with the Lord on Sunday, May 7, 2017 in her home with her family by her side.

Lillian was born March 16, 1924 in Beecher City, Illinois the daughter of Robert and Florence (Forbes) Norman. She worked for several years at Borg-Warner. Lillian was a member of Resurrection Life Church where she served over fifty years as a Sunday school teacher and ministered at nursing homes. She also pastored at the Pentecostal Church in Illiopolis. Her passion in life was witnessing to others about her Lord and Savior Jesus Christ. She married Elmer L. Jacoby on August 7, 1948 in Peola, Indiana. He preceded her in death on September 11, 2012.

Lillian leaves behind her daughters Carolyn (Larry) Bonnell of Oreana and Marilyn (Richard) Montague of Oreana, and son Robert (Janet) Jacoby of Oreana, nine grandchildren, eight great-grandchildren, and two great-great-grandchildren, along with many nieces, nephews, other relatives and friends.

Lillian was preceded in death by her parents, husband, brother Robert Norman, and sisters Hester “Mae” McBride and Alice Riley.

The family would like to give a special thanks to Dr. Khan and the nurses and staff with Safe Haven Hospice, caregivers Debbie Lewis, Breanna Livingood, Diane Mears, and Cheryl Mahnke, Pastor Jack Greenwood, Pastor Mike DeBrun and her church family at Resurrection Life for all of their compassionate care, prayers, and support.

Services to celebrate Lillian’s life will be 10:00 AM Saturday, May 13, 2017 in Resurrection Life Church, 1085 W McKinley Ave, Decatur. Visitation will be from 5 to 7 PM Friday, May 12, 2017 in the Graceland/Fairlawn Funeral Home. Burial will be in Macon County Memorial Park. In lieu of flowers memorials are suggested to the Resurrection Life Kids Kamp.

The family of Lillian J. Jacoby is being served by the Graceland/Fairlawn Funeral Home, 2091 N. Oakland Ave. Decatur, IL. Please view the online obituary, send condolences, and share memories at

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May 12, 2017
5:00 pm
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Graceland / Fairlawn Funeral Home
2091 N. Oakland Avenue Decatur, IL 62526
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Burial Following Services
May 13, 2017
Macon County Memorial Park
5700 W. Main Decatur, IL 62522
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Celebration of Life
May 13, 2017
10:00 am
Resurrection Life Church
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  1. My deepest condolences to the Jacoby, Montague, Rojas and all other families and friends who were touched by this wonderful lady. May God bless her soul.

  2. Thinking of you all as we celebrate Grandmother's remarkable life …. she was an amazing lady and she blessed many people with her faith and kindness. We are praying that you will find comfort in your memories of her and in the knowledge that others are missing her, too :purple_heart:

  3. We were so blessed to live by Elmer and Janie for so many years. It was such a joy to visit with Janie. She always had a smile and always shared how the Lord was taking care of her and blessing her. She loved to talk about her family but the conversation always came back to the Lord. When I would take her food she was already making plans on sharing it even before I left. O what a day that must have been when she walked from this life into the arms of Jesus and was reunited with family as well. I'm sure her smile was even wider that day. I am keeping your family in my prayers. I know your loss is deep and I pray the Lord brings you comfort.
    Kim Michener

  4. She was so much my anchor when I was a child and we were best friends for over forty years. There has never been or ever will be another one like her…….love you Janie!

  5. Marilyn, Sending hugs and prayers to you and your family. I have always remembered your mom''s smile. Never saw her without one! Such a sweet lady

  6. What a sweet, loving lady! We are so very sorry for your loss. What a wonderful angel Heaven has gained! We love you all very much! Our thoughts and prayers are with you.

  7. While I never met your mother, Michael told me just how sweet and loving she was. I can say, having you Marilyn for a sister-in-law, it was evident that she was an amazing woman both and hearing stories about your mom, and discovering what a wonderful, kind and loving daughter she raised. My prayers are with your family as you grieve, but also celebrate your mother's return to God's loving arms. Welcome Home Jane!

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