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Ardeth Buckmire

July 24, 1931 — January 15, 2022

Ardeth Buckmire, 90, of Taylorville, formerly of Champaign, passed away at 12:13a.m. on Saturday, January 15, 2022 at Carriage Crossing Senior Living in Taylorville. She was born on July 24, 1931 in Owaneco, the daughter of Loyd Sumner and Vemba Fern (Sturgeon) Buckmire. Ardeth attended the Owaneco Grade School and graduated from Taylorville High School in 1949 where she participated in band playing the flute.

Following high school, she attended the Julia F. Burnham School of Nursing in Champaign. Upon receiving her nursing degree, she began working at the Burnham City Hospital in Champaign in the surgery department, a job she continued until her retirement. She loved cats, especially Cali Rose, chocolate, traveling to various countries, and her family and friends.

She is survived by her nieces: Philis Dale Riaska of Mesa, Arizona, Sharon Jamison (Mike), and Karen DeMichael both of Taylorville; nephews: Roger McLean of Ennis, Texas and Bruce Buckmire (Shelia Wareham) of Owaneco; great-nieces: Lee Riaska of Mesa, Arizona, Susie McClure (Scott) and Michelle Jamison both of Taylorville; great-nephews: Brent DeMichael (Stacey) of Kincaid and Shaun Vincent (Jennifer) of Maroa.

She was preceded in death by her parents; sister: Vemba McLean; brothers: Philip Buckmire and Loyd Dale “L.D.” Buckmire; and nephew: David Buckmire.

A funeral service for Ardeth will take place at 2:00 p.m. on Wednesday, January 19, 2022 at McClure Funeral Home in Taylorville with Rev. Brennan Hurley officiating. Burial will be at Glen Haven Memorial Gardens in Taylorville.

McClure Funeral Home and Cremation Services in Taylorville is handling arrangements. Memories of Ardeth, or condolences to her family, may be shared online at

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