Wilma Lassiter
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Wilma L. Lassiter, 83, of Princeton, formerly of Metropolis, died Friday, June 7, 2013 at Liberty Village in Princeton.

Funeral service will be held at 1 p.m. on Wednesday, June 12 at Aikins-Farmer Funeral Home in Metropolis with Rev. Jeff Bealmear officiating. Burial will follow at Metropolis Memorial Gardens.

Born on Feb. 11, 1930, Mrs. Lassiter’s career was in education.

She received her bachelor’s degree in 1952 and her master’s degree in 1967, both from Southern Illinois University in Carbondale.

She taught for 35 years at Metropolis Community High School and Massac County High School.

For many years at Metropolis High, she directed the speech and drama activities and supervised student teachers for Southern Illinois University.

After retiring from high school teaching in 1988, she became an adjunct instructor for Shawnee Community College for 11 years.

She was a member of the Illinois Retired Teachers Association, the Massac County Retired Teachers Association and First United Methodist Church in Metropolis.

Survivors include her husband of 60 years, Jesse C. Lassiter Jr.; one son, Jay C. Lassiter and wife Kim of Upland, Calif.; one daughter, Jayne C. DeCoste and husband Dave of Hiawatha, Iowa; and four grandchildren, Joshua Conway Lassiter and Zachary Burgess Lassiter, both of Upland, and Nicole Jessica DeCoste and Justin Nicholas DeCoste, both of Hiawatha.

She was preceded in death by her parents, Bertha Oakes Wells and Emil Dummeier.

Visitation will be held on Wednesday from 10 a.m. until the funeral hour at the funeral home.

Memorials may be made to the SIU Foundation: Theater Undergraduate Scholarship, 1000 Faner Dr., Mailcode 4522, Carbondale, IL 62901.
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