Judith Mae Heitman, 68, daughter of William Wesley and Reathel Mae (Hill) McGuire, was born April 25, 1945, in St. Louis, Mo. She passed away Feb. 3, 2014, at her home in Solo, Mo.

Judith grew up in the St. Louis area and attended school there. She met Dale T. Heitman, Sr. in March of 1963. They were married in a civil ceremony on Nov. 5, 1963, in the East St. Louis, Ill., courthouse, which was above the East St. Louis, Ill., Fire Station. They were happily married for 46 years.

Judith was preceded in death by her parents; her husband, Dale, Sr., who passed away Sept. 21, 2010; one son, Timothy McGuire, Jr.; and three brothers, Frank McGuire, Patrick McGuire and Michael McGuire.

She is survived by one daughter, Dawn K. Harris and husband, Vernon, of Roach, Mo.; one son, Dale T. Heitman, Jr. and wife, Shelly, of Lenzburg, Ill.; six grandchildren, Angel, Timothy McGuire, Jr., Alexis, Rachel, Sadie and Clara; seven great-grandchildren; dear friends, Leroy Leggett and wife, Diane, and Larry and Ann Mier; and a host of dear family members and friends.

Judith and Dale lived in the St. Louis, Mo., area for a short time after marriage. They moved to Cahokia, Ill., where they worked and raised their family. When they retired they moved to Solo, Mo.

Judith enjoyed doing crafts. She donated many items to the Bluebird Cancer Survivors Retreat. Many friends and family were also the recipients of these items made with love. Judith loved animals. She was a foster “parent” to many animals when the animal shelter ran out of room. Her special pets Princess and Buster were really family members and treated like special guests. They in return gave her their love and affection.

Judith was a very loving wife, mother, grandmother and friend and will be missed by those who knew and loved her.

Services were 2 p.m. Saturday, Feb. 8, at the Evans Funeral Home with Pastor Grant Foster officiating. Burial was in Oak Dale Cemetery. Services were under the direction of Evans Funeral Home. Pallbearers were Dale Heitman, Jr., Leroy Leggett, Vernon Harris, Paul Lee, Doug Schmidt, William Heitman and Timothy McGuire, Jr.

In lieu of flowers, the family requests memorials be made to The Animal Shelter of Texas County. Online condolences may be sent to www.evansfh.com.


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