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Lillie Kem

Thursday, February 7, 2002

Lillie Mae Kem of Bloomfield, the daughter of the late John Rufus and Emma B. Sanders Chaney, was born Aug. 13, 1922 in Canalou and died Jan. 26, 2002 at her home, at the age of 79. She was a long-time resident of New Madrid County and a member of the First Christian Church at Matthews. On Nov. 8, 1942, she was united in marriage to Warren Randolph Kem. He preceded her in death on July 7, 1974. Survivors include one son, Wayne Randolph Kem of Jefferson City, Mo.; three daughters, Wanda Standridge of Bloomfield, Randena McMillen of Kewanee, and Kathy Walters of Sikeston; one brother, Harry Chaney of Matthews; two sisters, Helen McLaurin of Mt. Vernon, Ill. and Lala Duke of Dogwood, Mo.; 11 grandchildren; and 13 great-grandchildren. Besides her husband and parents, she was preceded in death by one grandson, David Wayne Standridge; and three brothers, Bill Chaney, Jewel Chaney, and Phillip Chaney. Funeral services were held on Jan. 28, 2002 at Ponder Funeral Home in Sikeston. The Rev. Tom McCanless, pastor of Kewanee Missionary Baptist Church, officiated. Interment followed in the Garden of Memories Cemetery with Ponder Funeral Home of Sikeston in charge of arrangements.