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Irene Wickham

June 13, 1925 — August 31, 2020

Herrin- Irene Wickham, age 95, of Herrin, passed away at 6:00pm on Monday, August 31, 2020 at Carbondale Memorial Hospital. 

Irene was born in Carterville on June 13, 1925, the daughter of Bert and Annabelle (Forbes) Smith. She married Ward Wickham in Belleville on October 30, 1946. He preceded her in death on February 5, 2008.

Mrs. Wickham was a homemaker. She, alongside her husband, had previously owned the Wilbert Vault Company in Herrin.

Survivors include her daughter- Christie Wickham of Herrin

Granddaughter- Brittany (McPherson) Crumby of Marion

Sister- Delores Ogden of Herrin

Numerous Nieces and Nephews

She was preceded in death by her parents, husband, four brothers- James, Paul, Bobby, and Jerry Dean Smith; two sisters- Pauline Spiller and Bertie Lee Pinkston; three nephews- Larry Ray Pinkston, Danny Joe Strodick, and Curtis Ogden; niece-Tammy Hall; great niece- Michelle Williams-Rollins. 

Graveside services will be held at 1pm on Wednesday, September 9, 2020 at Herrin City Cemetery with Rev. Don Colson officiating. Family and friends are asked to gather directly at the cemetery. Johnson-Hughes Funeral Home in Herrin is assisting the family with final arrangements.

For those who prefer, memorial donations may be made to Hospice of Southern Illinois. Envelopes will be available and accepted at Johnson-Hughes Funeral Home; 201 S. 13th Street; Herrin, IL 62948.  For more information, or to sign the memorial guest register, please visit

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