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Lula E. Kirkman, 79, Chillicothe

Lula E. Kirkman, 79, of Chillicothe, died at 9:35 a.m. on Thursday, Nov. 29, 2007, at Methodist Medical Center in Peoria.

Graveside services will be held at 10:30 a.m. on Saturday, Dec. 15, at Luster Chapel United Methodist Church in rural Vandalia, with the Rev. Louis Frick officiating. Family and friends may gather at the church at 10:15 a.m. A special Eastern Star service will be held at the church. Miller Funeral Home in Vandalia is in charge of arrangements. Memorials: Rescue 33 in Chillicothe.

Mrs. Kirkman was born on April 12, 1928, in Edgewood, the daughter of Merle and Lois Willis Hill. She married Kenneth Kirkman on Dec. 1, 1945, in Lovington; he died on March 8, 1999, in Peoria.

She was a member of the Martha Washington Chapter of Order of the Eastern Star in Chillicothe and Royal Neighbors of America.

She is survived by a son, Kenneth and his wife Donna Kirkman of Chillicothe; granddaughters, Kimberly and her husband Jeff Schumm of Lafayette, Ind., and Jennifer and her husband Rob Bradley of Chillicothe; and eight grandchildren.

She was preceded in death by her parents; husband; and brother, Willis Hill.

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