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Kathleen “Kathy” Council

d. December 29, 2023

Kathleen “Kathy” Council, age 65, of Athens, passed away on Friday, December 29, 2023.

Kathy was born on March 19, 1958 in Springfield, Illinois, the daughter of Robert and Harriett (Kern) Council.

Mourning her passing are a brother, Steve Council of Springfield; a sister, Christine Council of Springfield; nieces, Jennifer Council and Melissa (husband Jake) Hall; two great-nieces, Kaylee and Cassie Hall; and several cousins.

She is preceded in death by her parents.

Kathy worked in childcare most of her life.

Graveside services will be held on Tuesday, January 2, 2024 at 10:30 AM at Fancy Creek Cemetery near Sherman with Rev. David Beals officiating.

Memorials can be made to the Fancy Prairie Fire Department, 30854 Fancy Prairie Avenue, Athens, Illinois 62613; or Williamsville Christian Church 201 S. Old Route 66, Williamsville, IL 62693.

Mott & Henning Funeral Home is assisting the family. On-line condolences can be shared at



  1. Thinking of and praying for all the family and friends whose lives Kathy deeply touched, often on a daily basis. As one of her cousins by marriage, though I never lived anywhere close to Kathy, she was a ray of sunshine in our lives. If anything hard or crazy was going on in our lives, several states away, we’d get an encouraging call or an encouraging card. When we chatted on the phone with her, we could hear the spark in her voice. She had a sweet sense of humor and practicalness around life which often brought a sense of joy and calm. She will be greatly missed.

  2. Chris and Steve,
    I’m so sad to hear of Kathy’s death. She was indeed a kind, loving human being. You are in my thoughts and prayers.

  3. Dear Steve and Chris and all the family.
    In your great sorrow, I add prayers for God to overflow you with His comfort along with lasting sweet memories. As you know so well, Kathy was such an inspiring, encouraging, and joyful conduit of God’s love to all of us family, as well as to her neighbors, friends, students, and co-teachers. And what a “never give up” spirit!

    Though we will miss her deeply, her love will live on in our hearts, warming us and inspiring us to live out God’s love and service to others as she did. We entrust Kathy into Jesus’ loving arms in her eternal home with Him.

  4. So sorry for the loss of Kathy. Sending many prayers to the family.

  5. My condolences to Christine and Steve on the loss of your sister Kathy. She was a beautiful Soul!

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