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Helen Louise McDonnough


Helen Louise (Hildebrant) McDonnough, 88, of Springfield, formerly of Carlinville, passed away on Monday, Feb. 26, 2024, at 3:30 p.m. at Carlinville Rehabilitation & Health Care Center, Carlinville.

Helen was born on Oct. 15, 1935, in White Hall, a daughter to Lester and Opal (Carter) Hildebrant.

Early in her career, she taught in public schools but later served as a ministry assistant at Illinois Baptist State Association, mostly in collegiate ministries, for 28 years.  She also served her church as a Sunday School teacher for nearly 40 years.

A hardworking single mother, Helen was industrious and generous throughout her life. She was a wonderful homemaker who enjoyed sewing, reading, and spending time with her children and grandchildren in her home, playing cards and board games and cooking alongside the young ones. Her homemade whole wheat yeast rolls and pumpkin pies were the highlight of many a family homecoming and holiday gathering through the years.

She is survived by her son, Noel (Cyndi) McDonnough of Fort Worth, TX; daughters, Cynthia (Mark) Morningstar of Shelbyville, IN, Sylvia McDonnough of Springfield, Joyce Weaber of Keller, TX; grandchildren, Mandy Morningstar, Beth (Matt) Binder, Jill Morningstar, Grant (Mikayla) Weaber, Jason (Nicole) Bridschge, and Patrick Bridschge and several great-grandchildren.
Helen was preceded in death by her parents; sister, Mary (Hildebrant) Belcher, and grandson, Jason Bridschge.

Services were held on Monday, March 4, 2024, at Davis-Anderson Funeral Home, Carlinville with Rev. Josh Parsons officiating.

Interment was in Prairie Lawn Cemetery, Carlinville.

The family has requested that remembrances be made in the form of donations to the Macoupin County Animal Shelter and Adoption Center, or to the charity of your choice.

Davis-Anderson Funeral Home in Carlinville is in charge of arrangements.

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