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Essie Usherwood 

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[May 13, 2024]  LINCOLN - Essie L. Usherwood went home to be with her Lord and Savior on May 9, 2024. She courageously battled Parkinsonís Disease for many years. Although it crippled her body, the disease never crippled her love, joy, or spirit.

Visitation:  10 a.m. to 11 a.m. Friday, May 17, 2024, at Fricke-Calvert-Schrader Funeral Home in Lincoln

Service:  11 a.m. Friday at the funeral home

Funeral home: Fricke-Calvert-Schrader, Lincoln  

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Essie L. Usherwood went home to be with her Lord and Savior on May 9, 2024. She courageously battled Parkinsonís Disease for many years. Although it crippled her body, the disease never crippled her love, joy, or spirit.

Essie was born August 31, 1936, in Southern Illinois. She married Scott Cordes, who passed away from an auto accident shortly after their wedding. Essie later married John W. Usherwood. Essie Usherwood worked at Bartmanís Nursing Home and later at Lincoln Developmental Center until her retirement.

Essieís life was her family. She lovingly raised four children, Lori (Rick) Howerton, John (Kayla) Usherwood, Julie (Jim) Hendrick, and Melanie (Jon) Wright. Her love for her children was matched only by her love for her grandchildren, Jared (Bridget) Howerton, Zach (Alisha) Howerton, Isaac Howerton, Katie Wright, Jessica Heidebrink, Alison Wright, Shelby (Tim) Usherwood, Justin (Megan) Heidebrink, Melissa Wright, Joshua Wright, Jonathan S. Wright, and Will Wright. Essie was also blessed with great-grandchildren, Mila, Hayes, Atlys, Marlowe, P.J., and Piper.

Essie was preceded in death by her parents, Arlee and Lela Stephens; her sisters, Marie and Dorothy; her brother, Sid; her daughter, Lori; and her son, John.

Essie will be missed greatly but warm memories will always linger, reminding her family of the blessing of her life. Above all, her family rejoices knowing Essieís eternal life with Christ has begun and that her departure is not goodbye but rather see you soon.

Services for Essie will be held at 11 a.m. on Friday, May 17, 2024, at Fricke-Calvert-Schrader Funeral Home in Lincoln. Visitation will take place one hour prior from 10 a.m. to 11 a.m., also at the funeral home. Burial will follow the service at Mason City Cemetery.

Memorials may be made in Essieís name to her daughter, Julie Heidebrink, to assist with Miss Essieís Legacy Fund to help single mothers raise their children.

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