KEWANEE – Shirley M. Coven, 93, a resident of the Hillcrest Home in Geneseo and formerly of Kewanee passed away on February 27, 2020.
Private graveside services will be held on Wednesday, March 4 at Pleasant View Cemetery. Pastor Andrew Christman of the State Road Community Church will officiate. She was a member of the United Church of Christ in Moline. Memorials may be directed to the Henry County Humane Society. Rux Funeral Home in Kewanee is in charge of arrangements.
She was born November 28, 1926 in Kewanee to Lawrence and Irene (Swanson) Lee. She was educated in Kewanee schools and a 1944 graduate of Kewanee High School. She married Warren J. Coven on March 3, 1946 at St. Johns Episcopal Church in Kewanee and he preceded her in death in March of 1974.
After graduating from high school Shirley worked at Reeds Jewelry store in Kewanee. Later, Shirley and her husband owned and operated their own jewelry store in Cambridge. She worked in the store and also was a teller at the bank in Cambridge. After closing their jewelry store, they moved to Moline where Shirley worked at several different banks through the years. She belonged to several bowling leagues and enjoyed playing cards and Bingo. Her hobby was working with rocks, polishing them and making jewelry from them and she enjoyed belonging to a Rock Club in Moline. She was a dog lover and had many dogs throughout her life.
Shirley and Warren were never blessed with children but loved their nieces and nephews and enjoyed having them and enjoyed giving them gifts. In the late 1990’s and early 2000’s Shirley took care of her uncle living in Burt Lake, MI.
Survivors include her brother and sister-in-law, Bob (Elva) Coven of Kewanee, nephews, Don Coven of Peoria and Steven (Darlene Leonardis) Coven of Princeton, nieces; Judy (Marvin) Thaxton of Bloomington, Sandra Fleming of Kewanee and Barbara (Scott) Bishop of East Peoria and many great nieces and nephews. She was preceded in death by her husband, Warren, her parents, Lawrence and Irene Lee and her brother, Richard Lee.
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