Lucille Starkey

Lucille Starkey

URBANA – Mrs. Lucille Fern Starkey, 100, passed away at 1:05 a.m. Sunday (Feb. 3, 2013) at the Champaign County Nursing Home, Urbana.

Graveside services will be held at 11:30 a.m. Thursday, Feb. 7, at Mount Hope Cemetery, 611 E. Pennsylvania Ave., Champaign. Cremation services are being handled by Renner-Wikoff Chapel and Crematory, Urbana.

Lucille was born to Murray and Elva Warren Legue on Aug. 19, 1912, in Savoy. She attended Champaign public schools.

Lucille and Virgil Starkey were married Jan. 21, 1933, by the Rev. Clifford Northcott at the Methodist Church Parsonage, Champaign. Virgil died March 4, 2004. Both will be greatly missed.

Lucille was also preceded in death by her parents; one sister, Beulah "Snookie" Schilling; a son, Floyd H.; and an infant daughter, Shirley M. She is survived by several cousins and their families, a godchild, Diane Eaton Keffer, of Georgia, and a nephew-in-law, Richard Starkey and his family.

Mrs. Starkey was a member of the First United Methodist Church and their Wheel 5 church group, Champaign, the Home Extension of Staley, and the Zeta Tau Epsilon social sorority. She had been in sales in the Ladies Ready to Wear Department at W. Lewis & Co., Champaign, for several years, and later was cashier at The Pines Restaurant, Champaign.

Lucille and Virgil moved to Florida when Virgil retired but were soon moving back to the good cities of Champaign-Urbana. She missed her family, friends and her church most of all. In lieu of other expressions of sympathy, memorials may be given to the church at 210 W. Church St., Champaign, IL 61820. Condolences may be offered online at

Ladydeerhunter wrote on February 07, 2013 at 11:02 am

Our mother was Thelma Faye Starkey Warfel Jobe, she was a cousin to Virgil. My sisters and I wish to send our sympathies to your family. My mother talked of her cousin Virgil so much and we also had met Lucy and Virgil. We remember them well.
William A. Starkey was our grandfather. They were from Pesotum.
Thoughts and prayers are with you.

Brenda Warfel Wilson
Carolyn Warfel Long
Rhonda Jobe Brandon