|Mary Elizabeth (Beth) Thompson died Sunday, June 9, 2013 at Rosewood Care Center of Inverness, Illinois.
She was born July 23, 1920 in Canton, Ill. to Harold E. and Maude Harris McCamey. She spent a happy childhood in Canton, enjoying summers on her maternal grandfather's farm where she learned to love and ride horses. She graduated from Canton High School in 1938, where she excelled in theater and speech. Later she attended Brown's Business College in Peoria from 1938-1940. On July 4, 1938 she met the love of her life, James Alfred Thompson of Cuba, Ill., whom she married on December 30, 1945 at the Wesley United Methodist Church in Canton.
During WWII, while her fiance served in the US Marine Corps in the Pacific Theater, Beth was employed as a secretary at Spoon River Electric Co-op in Lewistown and later at the Coleman Clinic in Canton. After marriage, they lived on the Thompson family farm in Cuba until 1952 when they moved to a farm near Galesburg.
Beth was preceded in death by her husband, Jim, her daughter Christine Elizabeth, her only sibling, William H. McCamey, her son-in-law, Alan C. Spillner, and infant grand-daughter, Marissa Diane Spillner. She is survived by two daughters, Kathryn Spillner of Cary, Ill. and Janet Spoden (Dr. James) of Sautee-Nacoochee, Ga., and her honorary son, Patrick Van Nevel (Barb) of Davenport, Iowa. Beth is survived by five grandchildren: LTCDR Brent C. Spillner, USN (wife Angela Thelen) of San Diego, Calif., Kent R. Spillner (wife Ozge Catalbas) of North Barrington, Ill., Elizabeth Spoden (fiance Marc Lennon) of Newport, R.I., Erika Spoden (husband Lance CPL Justin Cowart, USMC) of Okinawa, Japan, and Natalie Spoden of Tel Aviv, Israel. Additionally, Beth loved and was loved by two great grandchildren, Violet and Henry Spillner. Beth is also survived by one sister-in-law, Velma (Toby) McCamey of Canton, Ill two nephews and one niece, William P. McCamey, Ronnie Thompson and Marilyn Thompson Siefert all of Cuba.
Services will be held Friday, June 14th at First United Methodist Church in Galesburg, officiated by Pastor Melva England. Visitation will be from 9:30-11:30, followed immediately by the funeral service. Burial will be in Oak Lawn Memorial Gardens. Memorials may be made to the Color Guard of the Ralph M. Noble American Legion Post #285, the Galesburg Chapter of The American Red Cross or the First United Methodist Church. Online condolences may be made at www.h-p-w.com