Lovette (Johnson) Hillard

Born: Fri., Aug. 21, 1942
Died: Sat., Mar. 5, 2016


4:00 PM to 7:00 PM, Fri., Mar. 11, 2016
Location: Pulliam Funeral Home

Funeral Service

1:00 PM Sat., Mar. 12, 2016
Location: Pulliam Funeral Home

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Mrs. Lovette Hillard, age 73, of Robinson, IL, died Saturday March 5, 2016 at 10:47 PM in the comfort of her home with family by her side, following several months of failing health.

Born August 21, 1942 in Caves Fork, Lee County, Kentucky she was the daughter of Herbert Elliot and Margie (Creech) Johnson.  On February 15, 1964 she married Patrick L. “Pat” Hillard, and he survives.

Lovette was the food service manager at Lincoln Trail College during the mid-1970’s into the early 1980’s.  Not only did she prepare wonderful meals for faculty and students, she also taught cake decorating classes.  Later on, she cooked for the Robinson Elk’s Grill and the Salem Elk’s Club.  One of Lovette’s proudest achievements was teaching in the Adult/Child Literacy Program that reached out to locals and the Robinson Correctional Facility.  She blessed our family by being the caretaker, cook, baker, seamstress, babysitter, driver or whatever specialty was needed.  She spent her life making sure everyone else was taken care of.

She was a member of the VFW Auxiliary, a Chairman and Trustee for the VOICE OF DEMORACY and Patriot’s Pen Program for the VFW Auxiliary.

Survivors include her husband, Patrick L. “Pat” Hillard, Robinson, IL; a son and daughter-in-law, Jeff and Shelly Hillard, Robinson, IL; a daughter and son-in-law, Karin and Scott Root, Bakersfield, CA; seven grandchildren, Jennifer Alberda; Jackie Alberda; Jarid Root; Jace Root; Nolan Hillard; James Hillard; Amber Hillard; sisters and brothers-in-law, Betty and Richard Simons, Foster, RI; Gail and Richard Hamilton, Springfield, IL; Mary and Jules Spindler, Robinson, IL; Linda Tergerson, Hewitt, TX; John Burgund and Lori Garber, Chillicothe, IL along with several nieces and nephews.

Preceding her in death were her parents and a brother, Ed Johnson.

Funeral service will be held Saturday March 12, 2016 at 1:00 PM at Pulliam Funeral Home, Robinson, IL, with Pastor Gene Beard officiating.  Visitation will be Friday March 11, 2016 from 4:00 PM until 7:00 PM, and Saturday from 12:00 noon until time of services at 1:00 PM at the Pulliam Funeral Home in Robinson, IL.  Burial will be in the Robinson New Cemetery, Robinson, IL.

Memorial donations may be made to the Charity of the Donor’s Choice with envelopes available at the funeral home.

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Glenda Hanson
   Posted Mon March 07, 2016

SPATHIPHYLLUM was sent by Jerry and Glenda Hanson.

To: Jeff & Shelly Hillard Our Deepest Condolences Jerry & Glenda Hanson

   Posted Mon March 07, 2016

Shari Krause Kiracofe
   Posted Tue March 08, 2016
So sorry for your loss Pat and Jeff. She was a very special and kind lady. I will miss our talks at the reunion. My thoughts and prayers go out to you and your family. With all my love.

Lawrence & Connie Quick
   Posted Tue March 08, 2016
Jeff and Shelly,

Connie and I would like to extend our condolences to you family and let you know we are praying for you and Pat during this difficult time.


Karen Jo Calvert Hunt
   Posted Tue March 08, 2016
Mary, I am so sorry to hear of Your loss, You are in My thoughts and Prayers at this sad time, Karen

David A. and Jeanine (Stitt)Taylor
   Posted Wed March 09, 2016
Dear Pat and family: We are so sorry to hear about Lovette..she was such a sweet lady and a great cook. Jeanine and her twin and their mother used to work at the Elks with Lovette and enjoyed her so much! We will really miss her. You are in our thoughts and prayers. She made the awesomest cakes!

Stacey Stumpfl
   Posted Wed March 09, 2016

MONET'S GARDEN TABLE BASKET was sent by Angie and Stacey.

We both have such fond memories growing up around Lovette. What a special, sweet lady. You are all in our thoughts and prayers. Much Love, Stacey (Cooper) Stumpfl and Angie (Pinnick) Jacobs

Eric Johnson
   Posted Thu March 10, 2016


We are deeply saddened by the loss of Aunt Lovette. Our thoughts and prayers are with you Uncle Pat, Jeff, Karin, and all of the families. Love, Eric and Tina Johnson

Yvonne Newlin
   Posted Fri March 11, 2016
Hillard Families ---- so sorry for your loss. I have fun memories of Lovette and her great smile. She was such a sweet lady. Our thoughts and prayers are with you. Yvonne and family

Sharon Elliott Mewmaw
   Posted Sat March 12, 2016
Pat, so sorry to hear of your loss. You and your family will be in my thoughts and prayers.

Jerry And Sue Songer
   Posted Sat March 12, 2016
Pat We Are So Sorry To Hear This Just Know Our Thoughts And Prayers Are With You And Your Family.11

Bonnie Burgund
   Posted Mon March 28, 2016
Pat, Jeff, Karin, Mary and everyone else who loved and appreciated what a great woman Lovette was. Our thoughts are with you. My mom, Isabelle who will be 90 in a few weeks will surely remember all the festive gatherings with Marge and everyone else at your home. Warmest regards, Bonnie and Isabelle Burgund.

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