Arlene Decker

MORRIS—Arlene Vanessa Decker, (nee Yoder), 93, of Morris, IL, formerly of Coal City and Essex, passed away Dec. 18, 2017 at The Point Assisted Living in Morris, IL.              Born May 9, 1924 in Chicago, IL, she was the daughter of Frank and Dorothy (nee Cook) Yoder. Arlene was a member of the Braceville United Methodist Church, the Grundy County Seniors, and the American Legion Ladies Auxiliary. She was the first girl to attend Girls State Program at Illinois State University in 1941, which was sponsored by the Women's Auxiliary to encourage leadership. Arlene, along with her husband, Lloyd, owned and operated Decker's Auto Parts in Essex. She enjoyed bingo and looked forward to happy hour and entertainment at Park Point and enjoyed spending time with her grandchildren.  
Surviving are one son, Marvin (Karen) Decker, of Essex; two daughters, Devereaux (Jim) Jensen, of South Wilmington and Linda Werner, of League City, TX; six grandchildren: Corinne (Mark) Tomczak, Stacey Werner, Bryce (Kim) Jensen, Cortney (Rob) Hodge, Justin Decker, and Matthew (Nikole) Decker; great-grandchildren: Wyatt and Landon Decker, Rayna Devereaux Jensen, Claire and Harper Hodge, Harper and Kade Decker; two sisters, Shirley Rolando, of Diamond and Harriett Luce, of Crest Hill and many nieces and nephews.  
Preceding her in death were her husband, Lloyd Decker; one sister and one brother.  
Visitation will be at the R.W. Patterson Funeral Home & Crematory, Friday, Dec. 22, 2017 from 11 a.m. until time of services at 1 p.m.  Pastor Karen Fabian will officiate.  Interment will follow in Braceville-Gardner Cemetery in Braceville.  
In lieu of flowers, memorial gifts in her name may be directed to Braceville United Methodist Church.  
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R.W. Patterson Funeral Homes & Crematory, 401 E. Main St., Braidwood is in charge of arrangements.