Evelyn “Lynn” M. Stonecipher

CENTRALIA — Evelyn “Lynn” M. Stonecipher, 91, of Centralia, passed away on Wednesday, December 16, 2020, at Saint Louis University Hospital in St. Louis, Missouri.

She was born on July 7, 1929, in Shobonier, Illinois, daughter of Dudley and Ella (Klukis) Benefiel. She married Bob Stonecipher on June 1, 1948, and he survives in Centralia.

In addition to her husband of 72 years, Bob Stonecipher of Centralia, a son: Brad Stonecipher and wife Susan of Wildwood, Missouri; a daughter: Connie Hensley of Centralia; three grandsons: Blake Stonecipher, Will Stonecipher of Wildwood, Missouri and Jason Hensley of Centralia; a brother: Jack Benefiel and wife Pat of Bethalto and a sister-in-law: Erika Benefiel of Orlando, Florida; several nieces and nephews.

She was preceded in death by her parents, a brother and a nephew.

Mrs. Stonecipher moved to Centralia in 1946 from Vandalia, Illinois. She worked for Illinois Bell Telephone Company and later as a secretary for Allstate Insurance Company.

She was a member of the First Baptist Church in Centralia, former ambassador at Kaskaskia College and a member of the Women of the Moose.

A private family service will be held at a later date, with burial following at Hillcrest Memorial Park in Centralia. In Honor of Lynn, memorial donations may be made to the First Baptist Church and will be accepted at the Sutherland-Garnier Funeral Home and Cremation Services at 235 North Sycamore Street Centralia, Illinois 62801, 618-532-3523, who is honored to be of service to the Stonecipher family.

Online condolences may be made to the family by visiting sutherlandfuneralhome.com and the Sutherland-Garnier Funeral Home Facebook page.