Jean Frances Stacy, 89, passed away May 31, 2016 at Hardin County General Hospital, Rosiclare, Illinois. Hers was a life of devotion to God, family, and friends.
Jean Frances (Shufflebarger) Stacy was born on February 26, 1927 to Nannie and William Shufflebarger. Her early years were filled with family fun; her parents, sister Hazel and brothers Whalen, George, Taylor and David made for a household of sharing and laughter.
Jean married young to the love of her life, A.C. Stacy. Theirs was a marriage of over 70 years of devotion. A.C.’s young brother Roger and Hazel’s boys, Joe, Bill and Jimmy, plus numerous beloved nieces and nephews were their “children” whom they loved and nurtured. Aromas of fresh vegetables from their garden, her famous desserts like homemade apple pie, and A.C.’s favorite, white beans, greeted them as she welcomed them all into her kitchen.
Jean’s devotion to her Lord and her church, the United Methodist Church of Cave In Rock, is evidenced by her service there; cooking for potlucks, singing in the choir and helping with Bible School, just to name a few. Jean Stacy was a Christian in every possible way, always leading by word and example.
Though her devastating disease eventually robbed her of her self and her family, she could sing the old church hymns with the various choirs who came to the nursing home in Rosiclare.
When A.C. passed away just 18 short months ago, it was as if the music left her heart. Now she has found her voice again praising her Lord in Heaven. “Well done, thy good and faithful servant..”
Jean is survived by a brother-in-law, Roger Stacy, his wife Betsy, two sisters-in-law Correne Stacy and Dorothy Stacy, as well as brother Whalen’s daughter Nancy Corwin and sister Hazel’s sons Bill, Joe and Jimmy, besides many much-loved nieces and nephews.