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home : obituaries : obituaries   February 6, 2016

5/20/2014 11:16:00 AM
Elizabeth Lust
NT Staff

Elizabeth Lust, 103, of Spring Valley passed away May 19, 2014, in Manor Court of Peru. She had resided in Spring Valley with her daughter and son-in-law, Billie Jean and James Taylor for the previous 13½ years.

Memorial services will be at 11:30 a.m. Saturday in Spring Valley United Church of Christ. The Rev. Chuck Maney will officiate. Burial of her ashes will be at Valley Memorial Park at a later time.

Visitation will be from 10:30 a.m. until the time of services Saturday in the church.  Fellowship will be held in the church hall following the services. Hurst Funeral Home, La Salle, is handling arrangements for the family.

Mrs. Lust was born on Christmas Day, 1910, in Girard to Charles and Jessie (Haddow) Morton. She spent her early years in Gillespie. Elizabeth came to Spring Valley to live following her eighth-grade graduation, and resided with her aunt and uncle, Mary and Billy Gunther.

She graduated from Hall High School in 1929 and then attended Brown’s Business College in La Salle.  

She worked in the office of Gunther’s Ice Cream Factory, served as supervisor of the WPA Sewing Project and was the receptionist for Dr. E.G. Marty, all in Spring Valley. She later worked for the state of Illinois, Department of Motor Fuel Tax Refund Division in Springfield prior to her marriage to Gustav A. Lust on Aug. 26, 1950. Following her marriage, she was a volunteer at Lighted Way in La Salle for 40 years, was a Girl Scout leader and an election judge. Elizabeth had been a member of Spring Valley United Church of Christ (Congregational) since 1926, where she served on the board of deacons, taught Sunday school and served on the Memorial Committee. She is one of two that were the original peanut brittle ladies of the church, still participating in the project in 2013. She was also a member of Peru VFW Auxiliary.

Mrs. Lust is survived by her daughter, Billie Jean (James) Taylor of Spring Valley; two grandchildren, Elizabeth (Nick) Dornik of Champaign and Andrew Taylor of Springfield; and nieces and nephews.  

She was preceded in death by her aunt and uncles who raised her, her husband on Jan. 29, 1977; her older sister, Beatrice; and her younger sister, Jean Neben.

Memorials may be directed to Spring Valley United Church of Christ, with part being shared with the Sunday school.

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