Next week, a visitation and memorial service will be held for Naomi Arnette, the missing mother of seven whose remains were found in a wooded area near Sadorus.
Condolences can be offered to Ms. Arnette's family members from 1 to 3 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 13, at the R.E. Franks Center at 112 W. Madison in Philo. A 3 p.m. memorial service for Ms. Arnette will follow at the same location.
Ms. Arnette had not been seen since May 21. Her remains were found in a shallow grave last Sunday, south of Sadorus. She will be buried in Fithian at a later date, said her sister-in-law Angela Roy. Law enforcement agencies investigating her death are keeping her remains during the investigation.
Roy, who's caring for Ms. Arnette's children, said she wants the service to be a celebration of Ms. Arnette's life.
"I'm sure it's going to be sad, having people come," Roy said. "But we want to do happy things," such as remembering their mother with videos and photographs. Roy said she's been mourning Ms. Arnette since before her body was discovered, as have some of Ms. Arnette's children.
"I know the older ones expected it would come to this," Roy said.
Ms. Arnette's children have already set out crosses on the side of the road near the location where their mother was found. They also released seven balloons with letters inside, addressed "to their mother in heaven," Roy said.
David Freese, a co-owner of Freese Funeral Homes, said the service will be at the Franks Center, the former grade school in Philo, to accommodate the children's friends as well as others who wish to remember Ms. Arnette.
"We'll try to give them a little closure there the best we can," Freese said.
Lt. Ed Ogle of the Champaign County sheriff's office said the investigation into Ms. Arnette's death is still ongoing, but declined to comment about it.
The sheriff's office, Champaign County coroner, FBI and Illinois State Police are all involved in the investigation.