Lucille M. Whitacre (97) of Greenup


Published on October 7 2013 8:11 am

Lucille M. Whitacre, 97, of Greenup, IL passed away at 10:10 am on October 5th 2013 at Sarah Bush Lincoln Health Center in Mattoon, IL. 

Funeral services will be at 11:00 AM on Wednesday October 9th 2013 at the Barkley Funeral Chapel in Greenup, IL. with Dr. Louis Butler officiating. Visitation will be held from 10:00 to services time at the funeral chapel. Burial will be in the Janesville Cemetery at a later date. 

Lucille M. Whitacre was born on September 20, 1916 in Half Day (Lake County, IL), the daughter of Alvy and Alma (Dierking) Johnson.  Lucille married W. Richard Whitacre on June 3, 1940.  He preceded her in death in 1989.  Lucille received her Bachelor’s degree from National College of Education in 1956 and her Master’s degree from the same teachers’ college in 1964.  She taught school in Lake County, Illinois for 35 years.  She loved every minute of her teaching career and always felt lucky to be able to do something she loved.  In 1979, she was recognized by the Chicago Tribune as one of the Top Ten Super Teachers in the Chicago area.  Upon retiring from teaching, she and her husband, Richard, built a home north of Greenup where she remained the rest of her life. Lucille loved her country home and enjoyed her yard and flowers.  She was very interested in her farmland, always wanting to improve it and was determined to be a good steward of the land.  She loved to drive around her farm and watch the spring planting and Fall harvest, as well as watch the crops growing. Lucille loved people and especially enjoyed her friends in her coffee group.  She will be fondly remembered by all who knew her. 

In addition to her parents and her husband, she was predeceased by her brother, Kenneth, in 2007. 

She is survived by her sister-in-law, Elsie Johnson of Mundelein, IL and her niece, Brenda (Roger) Schmid of Libertyville, IL. 

Memorials may be made to the Pet Connection Greenup, Illinois or R.U.F.F. at Toledo, Illinois, or to a charity of the donor’s choice.  Online condolences can be expressed at