Rose Ann Horn

Rose Ann Horn

Rose Ann Horn, 84, of Grand Chain, went home to be with the Lord at 10:26 p.m. Sunday, March 22, 2020, at her home, surrounded by her children and grandchildren.

She was born on Aug. 14, 1935, the daughter of Ralph and Vesta Rider, in Dongola. She was one of 14 children.

She married Benjamin Lee Horn on Dec. 16, 1950, and together they raised seven children. They spent their lives together in Massac and Pulaski counties in Southern Illinois. They made many dear friends who were greatly cherished. She never met a stranger.

She was a member of the Hillerman Baptist Church her entire adult life. Her fondest memories were of teaching Sunday School to young children for many years. 

Her love of children led her to operate a home daycare for over 20 years. Many children in the Grand Chain area were influenced by her as a result of being under her care. 

She loved traveling and particularly loved the mountains of North Carolina and trips to the beach. For many years she worked at Hoot’s restaurant and loved the people she worked with and served.

She is survived by seven children, Doris (Jack) Martin of Paducah, Melvin (Sharon) Horn of Grand Chain, Leonard (Kim) Horn of Hopedale, Janice (Gordon) Cameron of Belknap, Terri (Lloyd) Veach of Washington, Ind., Carl (Rhonda) Horn of Metropolis and Walter (Charlotte) Horn of Belknap; 17 grandchildren, 25 great-grandchildren and nine great-great-grandchildren.

She also is survived by nine brothers and sisters, Violet Ulrich of Cape Girardeau, Joyce Inman of Grand Chain, Earlene Covill of Michigan, Mary Lee Allen of Michigan, Lillie Houseman of Lick Creek, Sam Rider of Dongola, Scheron Gardner of Jonesboro, Ernest Rider of Dongola and Fern Larry of Olmsted; one honorary son, Ronnie Inman of Grand Chain; and many dearly loved nieces and nephews. 

She was preceded in death by her husband, Ben (1997); her parents, Ralph and Vesta Fisher Rider; two brothers, Lowell and Melvin Rider, and two sisters, Elsie Elliott and Delores Mowell.

Celebration of life services honoring Mrs. Rose Ann Horn will be at 11 a.m. Saturday, Sept. 12, at Hillerman Baptist Church.  The Rev. Ben Hottel will officiate.

Memorials can be made to the Hillerman Baptist Church, 4197 Hillerman Rd., Grand Chain, Ill. 62941.

Wilson Funeral Home in Karnak is in charge of arrangements.

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