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Leann Garmers Young

d. May 7, 2017

Leann Garmers Young, age 81, of Springfield, formerly of Athens, passed away on Sunday, May 7, 2017 at Memorial Medical Center in Springfield.

She was born April 19, 1936 in Springfield, Illinois, the daughter of Lawrence and Agnes Showalter Grant.

Leann is survived by her husband, Ed; four daughters, Pam (Kevin) Blakeman of Springfield, Patti (Don) Squires of Athens, Pennie Stevens of Springfield, and Peggy (Tony) Smart of Geneva, FL; sister, Nancy Thompson of New Bern, NC; eight grandchildren, Brooke (Jeff) Hall, Michelle Voudrie, Kyle (Crystal) Blakeman, Donnie Squires, Chad  Blakeman, Chris (Brittney) Schmidgall, Kayla (Brad) Yager, Morgan (Tyler Myatt) Stevens, and Amy Schmidgall; and ten great-grandchildren, Jordyn, Landyn, Nolan, Colton, Finnigan, Charlotte, Madison, Hannah, Ethan, and Landon; five step-children, Esther Young, Deborah (Dan) Stewart, Cynthia (Gray) Pierson, Christine (Tim) Mattsson, and Carolyn Young; fourteen step-grandchildren; twenty-six step-great-grandchildren; several family members including, special brother and sisters-in-law, Tom (Sandy) Garmers, Janet (Fred) Schmulbach, and Donna Ferguson; and several nieces and nephews.

She was preceded in death by her first husband, Robert Garmers.

She married Ed Young on May 27, 2016 at Lewis Memorial Christian Village. She married Robert Garmers on November 7, 1954 at the Athens Christian Church.

Leann was a homemaker all of her life. She was known as “Nana” to all of her grandchildren. She was very active and head of volunteers at Lewis Memorial Christian Village for many years.  She enjoyed her monthly meetings with “The Lunch Bunch”.

She was an original member of the Menard County Singers.  Leann was a member of the Athens Christian Church and West Side Christian Church, where she was active in the choirs.

Visitation will be on Thursday, May 11, 2017 at 4:00 until 7:00 PM at the Athens Christian Church.

Funeral services will be held Friday, May 12, 2017 at 10:00 AM at the Athens Christian Church.

Rev. Ken Gennicks will be officiating.

Burial will be held at Joel Hall Cemetery in Athens.

Family is being served by Mott & Henning Funeral Home, in Athens, IL.

Memorials can be made to the Athens Christian Church.

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  1. As a former chaplain, at Lewis Memorial Christian Village, I appreciated the love and spirit of the Garmers as they came to volunteer monthly on Sunday mornings. Leann would sing-assist with communion service and just be a ray of sunshine for the staff and residents. In the last 5 years-since I have been away from Lewis-I was pleased to have Leann visit Athens Christian and to eventually become an attender in my Sunday School class.
    Just a couple of weeks ago we talked at the end of class and she told me of her faith and optimism in dealing with her illness and treatment. Our prayers go out to Ed and each friend and family member who will miss our friend! Blessings through to all through the Lord she loved! 🙂 Tom Novy

  2. We became friends with Leann here at Lewis Memorial Christian Village over 2 years ago. She did Christmas caroling this past year, here at Lewis in the nursing home with several of us. That is when we really discovered how wonderfully blessed she was with her beautiful voice. We were so pleased when she and Ed married and became our neighbors. She was a real sweetheart and EVERYONE here at Lewis loved her and is going to miss her terribly. We know we will see Leann again. We are here for you Ed for whatever you need. May God bless you and help you get through this time of sorrow. Your Friends, John and Debbie Rowley

  3. May the memories you cherish comfort you in this time of sorrow.
    With Sympathy, will keep y’all in prayer.

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