Champaign – Jonques Bissell, 76, of Champaign was born Nov. 14, 1936, in Quincy and passed away peacefully at Carle Foundation Hospital on Monday, April 8, 2013, following a courageous battle with heart disease. She was a 37-year breast cancer survivor.
She married Tom R. Bissell in Quincy on March 25, 1954. They divorced in 1991, at which time she moved back to Champaign.
From that union they had four sons, Leigh (Melissa) Bissell of Mahomet, Luke (Parna) Bissell of Richardson, Texas, and Lance Bissell of Champaign, all of whom survive, and one son, Lonnie Bissell of Champaign, who preceded her in death.
She was also preceded in death by her parents, Fredrick and Florence Jacobs of Quincy.
She is survived by many loving family members who will forever hold her dear and near to their hearts, including her brother, Merle Jacobs of Quincy; her sister, Carolyn Humke of Indianapolis, Ind.; and her brother, Keith Jacobs of Belleville.
Jonques had 10 grandchildren; Nikki Kirby of Mahomet, Patrick Bissell of Urbana, Olivia Bissell of Mahomet, Keegan, Kelsey, and Grant Bissell, all of Richardson Texas; Natasha and Nicholas Bissell of Hawaii, Nathan Bissell of Champaign and Samantha Bissell of Louisiana. She is also survived by her loving great-grandchildren, Kaleigh and Ryken Kirby, and Isabella Stanek, all of Mahomet. Jonques is also survived by her faithful canine companion, Freedom.
Jonques worked for 30 years of her adult life in sales and credit at Maison Blanche in New Orleans and retired from J.C. Penney's in the mid 1990s. For the last 20 years of her life Jonques devoted her time to the wonderful children of Swann's Children Home, who affectionately called her "Mama Jon." She enjoyed spending time with her family and many loving friends.
Jonques loved sewing, painting and cooking for her family and friends. She also enjoyed shopping and playing cards with all of her family and friends.
Visitation will be from 1 to 3 p.m. Friday, April 12, at Owens Funeral Home, 101 N. Elm St. Champaign. The funeral service will be immediately following the visitation. Interment will be private.
Jonques donated to many charities. The closest to her heart was the Humane Society of Champaign County. In lieu of other expressions of sympathy, donations may be made, in her name, to The Humane Society of Champaign County or Mills Breast Cancer Center in Urbana.
Condolences may also be offered at www.owensfuneralhomes.com .