Sue I. Friant, 78, Fairbury, died at 4:05 pm Tuesday, March 21, 2017 at her residence in Fairbury.
Her funeral service will be held at 11:00 am Monday, March 27, 2017 at the Trinity Lutheran Church, Fairbury with Pastor Tom Krieger officiating. Burial will be in Avoca Twp. Cemetery, Fairbury. In lieu of flowers the family suggests memorials be given to the Trinity Lutheran Church, Fairbury.
Visitation will be 10:00 to 10:45 am Monday also at the church. Duffy-Pils Memorial Home, Fairbury is assisting with arrangements.
Sue was born August 20, 1938 in Fairbury, IL the daughter of Virgil and Phoebe Schlicher Sparks. She married Elmer “Sonny” Friant on November 25, 1956 in Fairbury. He preceded her in death on February 8, 2016.
Survivors include 3 sons, Chuck L. (Debbie) Friant, Dixon, Kenny D. Friant, East Peoria, Dean E. Friant, Fairbury; 3 granddaughters, Courtney (Tyler), DeAnna (David) and Tim; and 2 great grandchildren, Nolan and Lillian.
She is preceded in death by 1 son, Doug; 1 grandson, Tyler; a twin sister, Sally Schauble; sister, Vanessa Wells; 3 brothers, Dean, Glen and Jack Sparks.
Sonny and Sue would have been married 60 years this past November. Their love was one for the books and served as an example to their family. They traveled the continental United States on a motorcycle and traveled every winter to the south to escape the cold. They made many friends during their travels. Sue enjoyed spending time with her family, especially on holidays where she always cooked enough for a small army. One thing she never seemed to make enough of was her cherry cheesecake, it was always a fight for the last piece!
Sue spent her days raising her four boys and joked she had a fifth son, her husband. She worked in laundry at Fairview Haven for many years before her retirement. Her family was her pride and joy and she was an amazing cook. Her recipes will be cherished for generations. She also enjoyed spending time with her friends as well. She enjoyed going to Dave’s for coffee and their group of friends always took turns buying donuts on their respective birthdays.
Her legacy will live on in her family who will miss her dearly. She was sweet, kind, caring, and the most loving person you would ever meet. Her family takes comfort in knowing she is with her love, Sonny, and her other half-her sister, Sally, as well as her other lost loved ones.