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Celebration of Life For Myers to Be Held June 15

The family of the late Lana Myers extends an invitation to the Western Illinois University community to attend a celebration of life from 1-3 p.m. Saturday, June 15 at the American Legion in Macomb.

Myers retired in 2000 after serving more than 30 years as the Admissions and Registrar's Office secretary. Beyond her administrative role, she held a special connection to WIU as the granddaughter of Edwin DeCamp, the individual who famously rang the bell on the inaugural day of classes at Western Illinois State Teachers College in 1902. Continuing her family's legacy, Myers herself rang the same bell, a cherished family heirloom, during the annual Founders' Day Celebration held at WIU every September. This bell, first rung by DeCamp on September 23, 1902, marked the commencement of classes at Western Illinois State Normal School.

Beyond her time at WIU, Myers found joy in music, playing the clarinet in her high school band and maintaining a lifelong passion for artists like Johnny Mathis, Andy Williams, Tom Jones and Barry Manilow. She cherished moments spent engaging in card games with her close-knit circle of female friends and held a deep affection for her extensive family, including nieces, nephews and cousins, as well as her beloved Maltese dogs, Bliss and Chloe. An enthusiast of the ocean and beach, Myers embraced her later years with winter retreats to Orange Beach, AL. Among her favorite pastimes was watching "The Sandpiper," a film close to her heart.

For more information on the event, contact Randy Clark a

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