Alice Lain

Alice Lain

URBANA – Alice L. Lain, 89, of Urbana died on Tuesday (Jan. 8, 2013) at the Palliative Care Unit at the Veterans Affairs Illiana Health Care System, Danville.

Funeral services will be at 1 p.m. Friday, Jan. 11, at the Renner-Wikoff Chapel and Crematory, Urbana; Rev. Lyndall Propst will officiate. Burial will be in Woodlawn Cemetery, Urbana.

Visitation will be from 6 to 8 p.m. today (Thursday) at the funeral home.

Military rites will be accorded by the American Legion Post 71, Urbana.

Alice was born on Jan. 16, 1923, in River Rouge, Mich., the son of Andrew and Minerva Folks Watson. She married Lloyd Lain on Oct. 19, 1946, at the Presbyterian Church in Danville; he survives.

Also surviving are two daughters, Joyce Walden of Champaign and Gladys Kelley of Spring Hill, Tenn.; two sons, Stephen Lain of Urbana and Roger Lain of Menifee, Calif.; 11 grandchildren; 20 great-grandchildren; two nieces; and two nephews.

She was preceded in death by her parents, Andrew Watson and Minerva Folks Watson Siskoff; one sister, Gladys Lorenz; one brother, Willard Folks; and her stepfather, Milan Siskoff.

Alice attended grade school in Urbana, graduating from Urbana High School in 1941.

During World War II, Alice served in the Waves U.S. Navy from June 1, 1944, to March 8, 1946, with Naval Aviation AETM 3/C installing radios and radar on the planes.

She retired in 1983 from the Urbana school system as the assistant to the superintendent.

Alice loved her husband and spending time with her family. She loved to travel everywhere in the world except Africa. One of her favorite pastimes was to go looking for deer.

She served with the Girl Scouts for eight years, was president for one year of the Urbana High School Wrestling Club and served in the PTA for the grade school and high school. She also loved to play bridge.

Alice was a lifetime member of the VFW Post 630 Auxiliary Urbana, and GFWC Illinois Federation of Women's Club. She also served the Danville VA taking veterans to church and back from the 1970s to 2009.

Alice's transition from this life to the next was a peaceful experience, thanks to the staff of the Palliative Care Unit of the VA Hospital in Danville. The family sends special thank you to each of those caring individuals.

Memorial contributions may be made to the Palliative Care Unit of the Illiana Health Care System, Danville, or to the First Baptist Church, Urbana.

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