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Lena Mae Gamblin

Lena Mae Gamblin, 98, of Belleville, born Thursday, August 19, 1920 in Thackeray,  passed away on Saturday, July 27, 2019 surrounded by her family at Memorial Hospital, Belleville.

Lena Mae was a member of First United Presbyterian Church of Belleville and a past member of the Hope Church, Belleville before its closing. She retired from Carroll House Department Store where she was the Manager of Jewelry Department. She graduated from East Side High, Belleville and was a member of American Legion Auxiliary, Women of the Moose and “FRIENDS” social support program in Troy, IL. Lena Mae loved to play cards and was a member of many card clubs, she enjoyed playing dominos and was always ready to go on a cruise. Most of all she loved her family and the time she spent with them.

Surviving are her son, William Gamblin of Belleville; sister-in-law, Lois Zachman of Lorida, Florida; nieces and nephews, Mary Lena (Ken) Stange of O’Fallon, Margaret E. (Alan) Pigg of Anna, Linda Sue (Scott) Schaul of Round Lake, William J. Zachman of Lorida, Florida, Sherry (Carroll) Harrowood of Belleville, Betty J. (Harold) Frobish of Pontiac,, Mary Gamblin of Corrnell, and Lawrence (Christie) Gamblin of Bloomington, Steven and James Johnson; many great-nieces and nephews and a host of other relatives and many good friends.

She was preceded in death by her husband, Fred A. Gamblin whom she married on May 27, 1943 and he passed away on February 28, 1985; her parents, William Fredrick and Iva Ellen (nee York) Zachman; brother, James L. Zachman and William B. Zachman; a sister, Flora Belle Cressey; and a nephew, William Gamblin.

Memorials may be made to St. Jude Children’s Hospital or First United Presbyterian Church of Belleville. Online expressions of sympathy may be made at

Visitation was held on July 31 at First United Presbyterian Church in Belleville.

Funeral services were held on July 31 at the church, with Rev. Robert Dyer officiating.

Interment was at Lake View Cemetery in Fairview Heights

Richeson Funeral Home in Troy was in charge of arrangements.

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