Debra A. Lilly, 67, Neoga

Debra Ann Lilly, 67, of Neoga, was called home unto the Creator on Saturday, Jan. 23, 2021, in rural Shelby County.

Graveside services will be held at 10:00 a.m. on Friday, Jan. 29, 2021, in Spring Hill Cemetery in rural Beecher City. Lockart-Green Funeral Home in Beecher City is assisting the family. Online condolences can be expressed at

She came into being on Oct. 1, 1953, born to Glen Mervill Rodgers and Agnes Lou Jeanie (Chatham). On Wednesday, Oct. 27, 1982, Debra was united in Holy Matrimony with Dallas Brockton Lilly.

She attended elementary school and junior-senior high school in St. Elmo, earning her diploma in 1972. Debra obtained an EMT certificate in 1995 and then completed the Licensed Practical Nursing program, earning her associate’s degree on Aug. 21, 1999. Debra worked for 17 years in a variety of skilled nursing facilities and a few home healthcare settings. She was very much loved and appreciated by her patients, their families and her fellow co-workers.

Debra is survived by her husband; children, James Hopper of Centralia, Nathanial Lilly of Beecher City, Heather Ann Lilly of Shumway, and Ian Lilly (Heather Bartlett) of Beecher City; grandchildren, Dakota Hopper of Beecher City, James Hopper of Mattoon, Marshall Hopper of Mattoon, and Jonetta Glass, Mickaela Schoreck and Dustin Schoreck, all of Neoga; one great-granddaughter; brother, Joe Bill Rodgers of Cookeville, Tenn.; sister, Susan Tibbetts (David) of Plymouth, Mass.; great-aunts: Rosalyn Hartman and Wanda LaBounty; great uncle, Mickey Rogers; and many nieces, nephews, cousins and friends.

Debra was proceeded in death by her parents; one great-granddaughter; one great-grandson; nephews, Nicholas Tibbetts, Joshua Rodgers and his mother, Donna (Kendall) Rodgers.