Shirley Flood

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Shirley Joan Flood, nee Stewart, 87, of Smithton, IL, born June 6, 1934, in Neoga, IL, died Monday, August 9, 2021, at Mercy South Hospital, St. Louis, MO.

Shirley attended Eastern Illinois State College. For many years she taught at the Neoga, IL, Jr. and Sr. High School. She retired from Carle Hospital, Urbana, IL, after a 20-year career as office coordinator in the Therapy Services Department. Mrs. Flood had many organizational affiliations including, former President of the Neoga Business and Professionals Women’s Club, former President and charter member of the New Athens Women’s Club, former troop leader and neighborhood chairman of Shagbark Council of Girl Scouts, former troop leader and board member of River Bluffs Girl Scouts, and Day Camp Director at Camp Keck in Belleville, IL. Mrs. Flood was also the first woman to be elected to the New Athens Village Board of Trustees in 1978.

Shirley enjoyed watching college basketball and cheering for the Fighting Illini. She loved talking with her grandchildren and great-grandchildren as well as attending their numerous activities.  Many hours were clocked while sitting on her porch watching the birds, visiting with neighbors, and enjoying the sunshine. Shirley had acquired more than 1,300 pairs of salt and pepper shakers, crocheted hundreds of afghans, and maintained a beautiful flower garden.

She was preceded in death by her husband of 60 years, John C. Flood, whom she married on June 28, 1953, and who died on September 12, 2013; her parents, Nathan and Olive, nee Ferris, Stewart; a brother, Don Stewart; and a brother-in-law, Lawrence “Bud” Green.

She is survived by two daughters, Carol (Kevan) Griebel of Lenzburg, IL, and Karen (Tim) Meyer of New Athens, IL; four grandchildren, Erin Griebel of Miami, FL, Tony (Rachel) Meyer of New Athens, IL, Jenny (Matthew) Kaiser of Glen Carbon, IL, and Kasey (Travis) Little of New Athens, IL; five great-grandchildren, Abigayle Grace Meyer, Natalie Ann Kaiser, Gweneth Autumn Meyer, Nathan Joseph Kaiser, and Gavin August Little; a sister, Barbara (Lawrence) Green of Trilla, IL; two sisters-in-law, Ann Stewart of Indiana, and Ruth True of Port Byron, IL; cousins, nieces, nephews, great-nieces, and great-nephews; and “Family of Friends on Eddie Drive”.

Memorials may be made to the Smithton Public Library, Smithton, IL. Condolences may be expressed to the family online at

Visitation:  Friends may visit from 10 a.m. to 12 noon Saturday, August 14, 2021, at George Renner & Sons Funeral Home, Belleville, IL.

Funeral: Funeral services will be held 12 noon Saturday, August 14, 2021, at George Renner & Sons Funeral Home, Belleville, IL.

Burial will be at Smithton City Cemetery, Smithton, IL.



7 Comments on Shirley Flood

Kim Meyer Fitzgerald said : Guest Report Aug 14, 2021 at 6:38 AM

I spent lots of time in the Flood Home while growing up in New Athens. Shirley modeled compassion, strength, and a sense of community. My sympathy to Karen and Carol and their families on your loss.

  • Kirkwood
  • MO
Chiyoko Louise Gussin née Miller said : Guest Report Aug 13, 2021 at 7:21 PM

My heartfelt condolences to the family, especially Karen and Tim Meyer.

  • Eureka
  • CA
Bruce & Nancy Nuernberger said : Guest Report Aug 13, 2021 at 5:32 PM

Our thoughts and prayers are with the family of Shirley, truly a great lady.

  • Net Athens
  • Il
Jenna Dauer said : Guest Report Aug 13, 2021 at 11:28 AM

Shirley was a valued patron of the library and will be deeply missed. Our deepest sympathy to the family.

  • Smithton
  • IL
Randy Willard said : Guest Report Aug 12, 2021 at 12:26 PM

Shirley and I worked together at Eckerts, she was a Wonderful Woman, and always looked like a million bucks! My thoughts and prayers are with your family.

  • Swansea
  • Ill
Lynn Chamberlain said : Guest Report Aug 10, 2021 at 8:23 PM

I am so sorry for your loss. I know my Mom will miss here dearly. Much love .

  • Stonefort
  • Illinois
Sandy O’Donnell said : Guest Report Aug 10, 2021 at 8:06 PM

Rest In Peace grandma Shirley. Thinking and praying for your family

  • Millstadt
  • I’ll

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