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Sharon Lee DeVries, 80, of Mt. Olive, Ill., died at Heritage Health in Staunton on Friday, May 6, 2022. She was born on Aug. 29, 1941, to Forest and Leta (Best) Frailey. She married Ray Garner on Dec. 4, 1959, and they later divorced. Sharon married Merl DeVries on Oct. 22, 1981, and he preceded her in death.

Sharon's greatest joy was spending time with her family. She also enjoyed watching movies, quilting, counted cross stitching, hook and latch work, visiting the Alton Belle once a month and reading lots of books.

Sharon is survived by eight children in her combined family including daughters, Susan (Paul) DeVries, Sallie Navarro, Shelley (Ron) Perkins; sons, David Garner, Daniel Garner, Kenneth (Liz) DeVries, Keith (Lisa) Devries, Kevin DeVries; 16 grandchildren; seven great-grandchildren; two brothers, Gary (Renee) Frailey, Larry (Carol) Frailey; and a brother-in-law, Jerry Gorsich. She was preceded in death by her parents and her husband, Merl; sister, Donna Gorsich; granddaughter, Jessica Prose; and two nieces and two nephews.

Visitation is Friday, May 13, from 10 to 11 a.m. at Becker and Son Funeral Home in Mt. Olive. Services at the funeral home follow at 11 a.m. officiated by Pastor Kevin Simburger. Burial will take place at Staunton City Cemetery.

Memorials are suggested to the Mt. Olive Public Library. Condolence may be left online at

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