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Patricia Ann Lovell Arvin Allison went to be with her Lord on April 17th, 2018, at the Elms Nursing home, Macomb, Illinois.
Patricia was born on April 11, 1929, at St. Francis Hospital in Macomb, Il. She was seventh of fourteen children born to Harry Russell and Naomi (Kerr) Lovell of Adair, Il., later of Bushnell, Il. She had 8 brothers and 5 sisters.
Through a divinely inspired turn of events during the Depression years, the Lovells allowed a loving couple who lived nearby to help in caring for Patricia in her early years. When this couple was overcome with personal health concerns and no longer able to help, the Lord brought Mr. and Mrs. Eddie Arvin into Patricias life. Having lost all 3 of their own children to childhood illnesses many years earlier, the Arvins were ready and most willing to be a support to the Lovells and take Patricia into their home for the next 3 years. The Arvins and Patty bonded immediately and in July, 1934, when Patty was 5 years old, the Lovells, at great personal sacrifice, allowed Eddie and Claudie Arvin to adopt their daughter. She took a new name, but continued to spend quality time with her siblings and her parents as much as possible.
Patricia attended Fairview Country School, entering when she was in the 2nd grade, having been taught the early basics at home. She graduated from Adair High School on May 21, 1946. There were 8 students in her graduating class, all of whom she stayed in touch with throughout her life.
The Arvin's took her to Campbellsville, KY, each year so she could know her new extended family there. Her Kentucky kinfolk readily and lovingly accepted her, and she was able to establish lifelong friendships with many of her new cousins.
On the night of her high school graduation, she met the man who would later become her husband, Thomas Gardner Allison. They were married on April 6, 1947, and were together for 48 years until he died of lung cancer on March 22, 1995. She cared for him at home throughout his illness, with the help of the Hospice. They raised four children together.
Surviving are her children, Linda (Husband, Dave) Leavitt of Willamina, Oregon and Daves son, Jesse, Lois (husband, Gordon) Hartman of Atalissa, Iowa, Randy of Willamina, Oregon, formerly of Macomb and Lori (husband, Robert) McCullough of Macomb; her grandchildren, Hannah (husband, Travis) Miller of Creston, Iowa, Whitney (wife, Amy) Hartman of Clarence, Iowa, Justin (wife, Kim) Hartman of Rockford, Illinois, Kinsey (wife, Ashley) Hartman of Acworth, Georgia, Matthew McCullough (fiancé Christina) Glendale Heights, Illinois, Greg McCullough and Michelle McCullough, both of Macomb; her precious great-grandchildren, Preston, Olivia, Abigail and Aaron Miller of Creston, Iowa, Alyssa, Lydia and Melanie Hartman of Clarence, Iowa, Victoria and Jacob Hartman of Rockford, Illinois and Trenton and Tyler Hartman of Acworth, Iowa; and one sister, Joan Winegardner (husband, Bill) of Geneseo, Illinois.
In addition to her husband, those who preceded her in death were both her birth parents, Mr. and Mrs. Harry Lovell; her adoptive parents, Mr. and Mrs. Eddie Arvin; and her siblings, Delmar Wayne Lovell, Darlene Ramona Lovell Holiday, Darrell Ernest Lovell, Doris Lee Lovell Allison, Betty Lou Lovell Moody, Barbara Jean Lovell Loy, Robert Kerr Lovell, Rev. William (Bill) C. Lovell, Russell Max Lovell, Carl Donavan Lovell, James Douglas Lovell and Harry Stephen Lovell.
Patricia lived all of her life in McDonough County. She worked several places around Macomb after she was married, including F.W. Woolworth, J.J. Newberrys, and Mohr Value. Perhaps she is most remembered as a smiling, friendly check-out cashier at the Eagles Grocery Store, where she worked for 17 years until she retired in 1991. She also volunteered at the Gift Shop at the McDonough District Hospital for a time.
She was a member of Calvary Baptist Church, Macomb, for several years and in more recent years, the First Baptist Church, also in Macomb.
Through the years, she and her husband went on several bus tours across the country and also to Canada, destinations including New England, Florida, Nashville, and Texas. Her favorite places were Plymouth Colony and the Grand Old Opry.
She and her husband were also faithful to organize and document Toms Army Reunions, keeping records of correspondence, photographs, and notices. Many life-long friendships came from the bond they had with their "Army Buddies".
Patricia was famous for a number of things, the most obvious being her love for her family and friends. This was evident in her greeting card ministry, as she consistently and sacrificially purchased and mailed cards to loved ones and friends for most of her life, until she became seriously visually impaired. She sent literally thousands of cards during her life.
Patricia became Grandma Pat for the first time in 1978, a blessing she experienced a total of 7 times over the next few years. She became a Great-Grandma 11 times, and cherished each one as if they were the only one.
In April, 2008, she was hospitalized with congestive heart failure, and by April, 2010, her kidneys began to shut down. She began receiving dialysis in June, 2010. She stayed at the Elms Nursing Home for a few months in the beginning, but was able to come home for another year, with a support system and home help services coming in on a daily basis. In January, 2012, she returned to the Elms, where she could receive 24-hour care.
She continued her dialysis for a total of just under 8 years, until she was physically unable to receive it.
She was such a blessing to those around her, and will be greatly missed by not only her family and friends, but also the staff and residents of the Elms.
She passed away peacefully on Tuesday, April 18, and went immediately to be with the Lord and all those who were there waiting in Heaven for her.
Memorial Service will be held at 11 a.m. Saturday, April 21, 2018 at Clugston-Tibbitts Funeral Home in Macomb, Illinois. Visitation will be held from 10 to 11 Saturday at the funeral home. Burial will immediately follow the service at Forest Lawn Memory Gardens
Memorials: To the Elms Nursing Home Activity Department, for the specific purchase of "Its Never 2 Late" digital touch screen devices for the residents of the Elms Nursing Home, 1212 Madelyn Ave., Macomb, IL 61455.