Shirley Bevenue

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Shirley Grace Bevenue, nee Pinkard, 83, of Belleville, IL, born March 28, 1940, in Cooks Mills, IL, died Monday, June 19, 2023, at her home, surrounded by her family.

Mrs. Bevenue was a retired elementary school teacher and spent her entire career at Belleville District 118. She loved volunteering her time to help the homeless at Moms on a Mission. Her other loves were playing Bridge, attending auctions, and her weekly football pool entry. After retirement, Shirley opened “Grandma’s Greenhouse”, which kept her quite busy.

She was preceded in death by her loving husband of 50 years, Joseph D. Bevenue Sr.; her parents, Lyle A. and Elizabeth Y., nee Woolems, Pinkard;

She is survived by her three children, John (Karen) Bevenue of Millstadt, IL, Kelly (William) Blaise, of Hillsboro, MO, and Joseph D. “Del” (Debra) Bevenue of Belleville, IL; nine grandchildren, Heather (Eddie) Skrocki, Joseph Bevenue III, Kathleen (David) Musser, Gracie (Brian) Wright, Julia (Tyler) Wilson, Molly (Shane) Leech, Jordan (Lisa) Blaise, Allison Bevenue, and Austin Bevenue; 21 great-grandchildren; one great-great-grandchild; six siblings, Cecil D. Pinkard, Otis L. (Diane) Pinkard, Ronald W. (Rosalie) Pinkard, Gary E. (Jean) Pinkard, Lila L. (Lawrence) Gendron, and Melba F. Pinkard; and many nieces and nephews.

Memorials may be made to Moms on a Mission or BJC Hospice. Condolences may be expressed to the family online at

Visitation:  Friends may visit from 10 a.m. to 12 noon Tuesday, June 27, 2023, at George Renner & Sons Funeral Home, Belleville, IL.

Funeral:  Funeral services will be held at 12 noon Tuesday, June 27, 2023, at George Renner & Sons Funeral Home, Belleville, IL, with Deacon Corby Valentine officiating.

Burial will be at St. Peter’s Cemetery, Lenzburg, IL.



5 Comments on Shirley Bevenue

Kimberly Snider said : Guest Report Jun 27, 2023 at 4:13 PM

I am so sorry to hear of Mrs. Bevenue's passing. She was my 4th and 6th grade teacher at Henry Raab. She always made me feel like I was something special, and as an adult, told me I had a light. When I would see her out occasionally, at the store or yard saling, she always remembered me. She was the sweetest lady and my favorite teacher. She will be missed.

  • Belleville
  • Illinois
Anne Mongiovi said : Guest Report Jun 27, 2023 at 3:24 PM

Lila and Jennifer, sincere condolences to you. Thank you for all you have done for those in need. Your sister/aunt was a great lady.

  • TROY
  • IL
Judy and Lloyd Johnson said : Guest Report Jun 26, 2023 at 7:15 PM

Dear Kelly, Our prayers, thoughts and love are with you and your family. Your mother was an absolutely wonderful and kind lady.

  • Chatham
  • Illinois
Louann Forrler said : Guest Report Jun 25, 2023 at 6:44 PM

My sympathy to Shirley’s entire family on your loss. Shirley was a wonderful lady. I played many games of bridge with her and taught at West Jr. High with her. She was caring, kind, and hard-working. I know how much she loved and did for her grandchildren. They were lucky to have her. Rest in peace, Shirley. Your work is done.

  • Belleville
  • IL
Jennifer said : Guest Report Jun 21, 2023 at 6:33 PM

My heart is broken. You fought a brave battle. I was amazed at your strength and courage. We all love and miss you already. Please tell my daddy I love and miss him. Hug uncle Dodes neck. The sun dimmed a little when you left us

  • Belleville
  • IL

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