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Kathy Jean Litherland

October 26, 1958 ~ November 28, 2021 (age 63)


Kathy Jean Litherland, 63, of Harrisburg, Illinois, passed away Sunday, November 28th, 2021, at her home in Harrisburg, Illinois.

She was born October 26, 1958, in Mt Carmel, Illinois, the daughter of James E. and Donna J. Litherland.

Kathy was an active member of THE CHURCH “of New Beginnings” in Eldorado, Illinois. She loved the time she spent with her family. Kathy loved anything Elvis, especially attending a concert at Robert’s Stadium, and visiting Graceland. She enjoyed watching Parent Trap and other Disney movies, pizza on Sundays with mom and dad, and participating in Special Olympics. She was always excited to get to ride in dad’s airplane on different adventures.

In 1984 Kathy moved to Harrisburg, Illinois. CRA (group home) operated by Coleman Tri-County Services, later re-named Lincoln Street CILA. Her housemates of 37 years loved and adored Kathy like a big sister. She became an active participant in her community and enjoyed working at Coleman Tri-County Services Developmental Training Program in Norris City, Illinois. Kathy also enjoyed taking piano lessons, participating in horseback riding, Special Olympics, community events, visiting with friends, riding in the pink Cadillac, and attending numerous events at her Church. Kathy developed lasting and special relationships with CTS consumers and staff throughout the years. Kathy’s Lincoln Street CILA staff have provided exceptional, loving care to Kathy. She will forever be missed and loved.

Left to cherish Kathy’s memory are her brothers, James Steven and wife Teresa; Jeffery Scott and his wife Sherrie all of North Port, Florida; and two nephews and a niece, Nicholas, Emily and Dylan Litherland all of North Port, Florida as well as Coleman Tri-County Services staff and consumers; Lincoln Street CILA housemates - Steven, Robin, Mike, and Mary Ann; Lincoln Street Staff; and special friend, Ron.

A special thanks to Hospice of Southern Illinois.

Kathy was preceded in death by her parents Jim and Donna.

A graveside service will be held, Friday December 3, 2021, starting at 10:00 AM. at Highland Memorial Cemetery, 1827 College Drive, Mt Carmel, Illinois.

A memorial service will be held Friday, December 3rd, 2021, starting at 1:00 PM at Reed Funeral Chapel in Harrisburg, Illinois, with Pastor Toby Hise officiating.

In lieu of flowers, memorials can be made to Illinois Special Olympics, Coleman Tri-County Services Lincoln Street CILA or to the charity of your choice.

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Graveside Service
December 3, 2021

10:00 AM
Highland Memorial Cemetery, Mt. Carmel, Illinois

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