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Elizabeth Roark

July 5, 1938 — February 16, 2024


Elizabeth Roark

Age 84 of Wilmington, Illinois died peacefully on Friday, February 16, 2024 at the Arc of Dwight.

Born July 5, 1938 in New Haven, Illinois, Elizabeth Lorraine was a daughter of Vondalee (nee Wicker) Clayton-Bean. She raised and educated in New Haven where she went on to graduate from the local high school.

On July 2, 1956, Elizabeth married Clyde Roark, and together they made a home and moved to the Wilmington area in 1962. She worked for the Joliet Army Ammunition Plant for a period and later took a position with Johnson & Johnson Personal Products in Wilmington, from where she retired.

Throughout the years, Elizabeth enjoyed vacationing on the Gulf Coast of Florida, and she took pleasure in reading and cooking. Family was always of utmost importance, and she cherished watching the kids and grandchildren in their school activities and sports.

Survivors include her son and daughter-in-law, Toby and Jodi Roark of Wilmington; grandchildren: Tanner Roark of Atlanta, Georgia, Samantha Lide of Custer Park, Illinois and Dillon (Becca) Roark of Wilmington; great grandchildren: Taylor, Madison, Kennedy, Brooks, Cam and Macie; two brothers, Jack Bean and Lester Lawson; her brother-in-law, Howard Roark; one sister-in-law, Hazel Browning, and numerous nieces and nephews.

Elizabeth was preceded in death by her parents; husband Clyde in 2005, and siblings: Ruth Bean, Karen Cashmore, Roy Bean, Jennie May, Mary Lesniewski, Kathy Bertolozzi and Jim Bean. 

Cremation rites have been accorded, and the family is planning a celebration of Elizabeth’s life at a later date.

Family and friends are encouraged to log onto to sign the guest book, upload photographs and share Elizabeth’s memorial page online through social media.

Cremation services and arrangements have been made under the direction and care of Reeves & Baskerville Funeral Homes and Crematory in Wilmington. (815-476-2181)

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