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January 19, 2022

Rose Marie McCourt, 85, of Gillespie, Ill., died at Heritage Health of Gillespie on Sunday, Jan. 9, 2022. She was born Sept. 7, 1936, in Senath, Mo., to John and Maude (Gholson) Smith.  She married William A. McCourt, Sr., on May 17, 1958, in Madison.  He preceded her in death on Dec. 29, 2007. 

She was a hairdresser. Rose was a member of the VFW Ladies Auxiliary and the Trinity Baptist Church. 

She is survived by her son, William A. (Vicki) McCourt Jr. of Gillespie; daughters, Debbie (Norman) Deck of Carlinville, Michelle (Buddy) Hagan of Plainview, Tracy (Jeff) Shaw of Gillespie; 13 grandchildren, 40 great-grandchildren; siblings, Sally Grimes of Missouri, Barbara (Carl) Creasey of Alton, Donald Smith of Florida, Mel (Bobbie) Smith of Granite City, and Judy (Doug) Jones of Mississippi. Rose was preceded in death by her parents, husband, son, Terry McCourt; siblings, Charlie Smith, Joe Smith, Bobby Smith, Alma Jean Smith, Dorothy Whitlock, Ted Smith and Betty Vogel. 

Funeral services were held Thursday, Jan. 13, at Kravanya Funeral Home in Gillespie.  Burial was at Gillespie Cemetery. 

Memorials are suggested to Trinity Baptist Church. Condolences may be left online at

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