Joyce Arlene Shrum |

Joyce Arlene Shrum

Joyce Arlene Shrum, age 75 of Mt. Vernon, IL passed away 9:19 a.m. Tuesday, April 19, 2016 in Washington County, Illinois. Joyce was born July 10, 1940 in Providence, Rhode Island the daughter of Arthur William and Virginia Nellie (Farrow) Knowles. She married John Lemmon Shrum on December 11, 1961 in Mt. Morris, Illinois and he survives in Mt. Vernon, Illinois. Mrs. Shrum was an active choir member of the Logan Street Baptist Church in Mt. Vernon. Joyce was a registered nurse. Joyce was a member and past president of the Mt. Vernon Kiwanis Club. She also was active with the Mt. Vernon Gideons and the Senior Circle. She belonged to the Old Timer's Car Club. Joyce is survived by her four children, John Robert Shrum of Rome, Italy, Scott David Shrum of Sacramento, California, Jennifer Sue and husband Wendell Cooper of Mt. Vernon, and Julia Anne Brodeur and husband John of Londonderry, NH; sisters, Janet and husband Clarence "Doc" Ashcraft of Mt. Vernon and Sue and husband Ken Barnhart of Weslaco, Texas; and her 9 grandchildren: Lianokeola, Kekoa, Melissa, Angelica, Kyle, Nicholas, Anna Mary, Francesca, Virginia; and 2 step grandchildren: Ariel and Joshua. She was preceded in death by her parents. A Memorial Service and Kiwanis Walk Through will be held 5:00 p.m. Monday, April 25, 2016 at the Logan Street Baptist Church in Mt. Vernon, Illinois with Rev. Ron Trotter officiating. The family will receive friends Monday from 4:30 p.m. until service time at the Church. For those who wish, memorials may be made to the Logan Street Baptist Church or the Mt. Vernon Kiwanis Club and may be mail to the Newell Funeral Home 2707 North Street Mt. Vernon, Illinois 62864. For more information you may call Newell Funeral Home at 246-0100 or visit at

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