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Eleanor Jeanne Willsey

Eleanor Jeanne Willsey, 85, Hannibal, Mo., passed away at 9:24 a.m., Sunday, June 19, 2022, at her home.  

Eleanor Jeanne Willsey

Eleanor was born on Dec. 9, 1936, in Hannibal, the daughter of Oney G. and Amelia (Browning) Neff. She was united in marriage to Robert “Bob” O. Willsey on Dec. 19, 1954, in Hannibal. Robert preceded her in death on March 2, 1999.

Survivors include a sister, Virginia “Penny” Stoll, Hannibal; sister-in-law, Irene Neff, Marissa, Ill.; nieces and nephews, Kimberly Martin, Hull, Ill.; Patricia Barber, Jefferson City, Mo.; Debra Shrum, Macon, Mo.; Michael Mahsman, Hannibal; Phillip Mahsman, New London, Mo.; Randy Mahsman, New London; Steven Smith, Hannibal;, Amy Tallman, New London; Cindy Pettibone, Hannibal; Buddy Mahsman, Palmyra, Mo.; Susan Smith, Hannibal;, Barbara Falls, Palmyra; Laurie Mahsman, St. Charles, Mo.; Mark Mahsman, Quincy, Ill.; Douglas Mahsman, Hannibal; Michelle Kuelker, Imperial, Mo.; Duane Neff, Percy, Ill.; Jeanette Whitlock, Marissa, Ill.; Janet Parks, Hannibal; Lori Ruder, Freeburg, Mo.; Larry Parks, Jefferson City, Mo.; and Chris Parks, Jefferson City. Also surviving are numerous great-nieces and great-nephews, great-great-nieces and great-great-nephews, and great-great-great-nieces and great-great-great-nephews.

In addition to her parents, Mrs. Willsey was preceded in death by a sister, Mary Mahsman; brother, Duane Neff; nieces, Jeri Tourney and Kathy Mahsman; nephews; Michael and Richard Parks and great-nephew, Brian Davis.

Eleanor graduated from Monroe City High School in the class of 1954.

Mrs. Willsey was a lifelong member of Arch Street United Methodist Church today known as Arch United Methodist Church, where she was a long term choir member and was active in the Women’s Guild.

Eleanor enjoyed camping with her husband, Robert, at Silver Dollar City in Branson and cooking.  She was also very talented in the kitchen and collected several cookbooks over her lifetime.  

She always cherished the time spent with her family on special occasions.

Funeral services will be held at 10 a.m., Friday, June 24, at the Smith Funeral Home & Chapel. Pastor Douglas Mahsman will officiate. Burial will be in the Grand View Burial Park. 

Pallbearers will be Phillip Mahsman, Randy Mahsman, Steve Smith, Buddy Mahsman, Mark Mahsman, Bill Barber and Roman Smith.

Visitation celebrating Eleanor’s life will be held from 9 a.m. until the time of the service Friday at the Smith Funeral Home & Chapel. 

Memorials may be made to Arch United Methodist Church or Community Loving Care Hospice in care of Smith Funeral Home & Chapel.

Online condolences may be made to the family and video tribute viewed on Eleanor’s memorial page at