Suzellen Webb


Suzellen “Sue” Webb, 82, of Rockford, died Tuesday, June 21, 2011, at Willows Health Center in Rockford.

She was born Dec. 24, 1928, in Lima, Ohio, to Henry George and Jessie Margaret Staeger Roest, the “first present of Christmas that year.” She married Arthur B. Webb on Sept. 13, 1953, in Marion, Ohio. He survives.

Also surviving are her children, Deb (Mark) Webb Harada, Wes Webb, Cindy (J.R.) Milstead and Ed (Michelle) Webb; grandchildren, Tasha Reed, Jessica Milstead, Harry Harada, Zach McPeek, ReiEllen Harada, Melissa Milstead and Sarah Webb; two great-grandsons; her brother, Calvin Roest of Richmond, Va.; and many other treasured family members and friends.

Preceding her in death were a brother, George Roest; and a sister, Winnifred Roest Dahnert.

Sue received her master’s degree in library and information science from the University of Illinois in 1986. When she worked outside of the home, Sue was a school librarian and later worked for Baker & Taylor in Momence.

In her leisure time, Sue was an avid reader. She especially loved books about the U.S. presidents and their wives.

Sue loved being a grandma. She and Art also loved to travel. In addition to seeing most of the 50 states, they enjoyed unforgettable trips to Canada, Europe and the Holy Land.

As the wife of a preacher, Sue was blessed with the challenges and joys of a life of ministry. She was actively involved in 13 different United Methodist congregations in the Central Illinois Conference. Sue was a lifetime member of United Methodist Women and an active member of Christ United Methodist Church in Rockford.

Sue was a beloved wife, mother, grandma and friend. She had a beautiful smile, a good life, a good soul and she will be missed.

Services will be at 11 a.m. Saturday, June 25, at Christ United Methodist Church, 4509 Highcrest Road, Rockford. The Rev. Laura Barkley will officiate.

Visitation will be from 9:30 a.m. until service time at the church.

Services also will be at 1 p.m. Monday, June 27, at Kansas United Methodist Church, 200 E. Buena Vista St., Kansas, Ill. The Rev. Jeremy Harminson will officiate. Burial will follow in Fairview Cemetery in Kansas, Ill.

In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to the family for donations to various church organizations, which include Christ United Methodist Church (Rockford); the Preacher’s Aid Society and Benefit Fund; the Kansas, Ill., United Methodist Church.

Arrangements are by Julian-Poorman-Welte Funeral Home, 304 N. Fifth St., Rockford.

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