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Lora Roth

January 21, 1942 — October 16, 2013

Lora Lucile Roth, 71, passed away on October 16,
2013 at her home in
Gridley, IL. She was born on January 21, 1942 in North Platte,
NE to Dan Connell and Lena Fay (Paxton) Connell.

Lora grew up on a ranch
in rural Stapleton, NE. She graduated from Thomas County High
School in Thedford, NE in 1959. After high school,
she attended college at Grace Bible Institute in Omaha,
NE where she received a Bachelors of Arts degree in Christian
Education.  While her brothers were serving in the military,
she began working for her father as a ranch hand prior to moving to
Illinois in 1968 to work at the Salem Children's Home.  She
spent 20 years raising her 5 kids before returning to work as a
teacher's aide at Salem School and Flanagan School.

Lora married Darrell W.
Roth in 1973 in Gridley, IL. They were happily married
for 40 years. She was a member of Salem Church
where she was involved in many ministries including teaching girls
club and children's church. She enjoyed sewing, crocheting,
gardening, and helping Darrell on the farm. She was also dedicated
to giving blood and was able to donate 9 gallons during her life

Lora was preceded in
death by her parents, Dan and Fay Connell; sister, Colleen Miller;
brother-in-law, Larry Smith; sister-in-law, Carol Connell; and
sister-in-law, Phyllis Connell.

Lora is survived by her
Darrell Roth of Gridley, IL; her five children: Bill
(Becky) Roth of Gridley, IL; Reggie (Melinda) Roth of Gridley, IL;
Lori (Joe) Alstat of Greenville, IL; Dustin (Jamie) Roth of Eureka,
IL; and Marty (Julie) Roth of Morton, IL.  She is survived by
her thirteen grandchildren: Tyler, Alyie and Audrey Roth (Bill);
Jude and Makenna Roth (Reggie); Hudson, Cohen and Teague Alstat
(Lori); Natali, Connell and Lilian Roth (Dustin); Benjamin and
Ellie Roth (Marty).  She is also survived by her 3 brothers
and 4 sisters: Dan (Geneva) Connell of Tryon, NE; Barbara (Charles)
Patterson of Callaway, NE; Carolyn (Eldon) Pritzel of Englewood,
CO; Sam Connell of Tryon, NE; Mike (Tina) Connell of Stapleton, NE;
Wilma (Al) Barkman of Lingle, WY; and Wanda Wilkins of Drexel,

Visitation will be from
4-9 PM at Ruestman-Harris funeral home, 40 W Main St El
Paso, IL on Friday October 18. Funeral service will be at Salem
Church, 4925 E 1250 N Rd. Gridley, IL 61744 on Saturday, October 19
at 10:00 am.  Interment will immediately follow the service at
Waldo Cemetery.

The family requests
memorial donations to be made to Fellowship of Christian Athletes,
Pancreatic Cancer Action Network, or to the donor's choice. Online
condolences may be left for the family at

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