Helen Shull

August 13, 1918May 14, 2018

Helen B. Shull, age 99 of Bolivia, died on May 14, 2018 at Ocean Trail Nursing Center in Southport. Her husband, Raymond, preceded her in death in 2005.

She was born in Mt. Sterling, Illinois, the daughter of Melvin W. and Pearl Geitz McCoy. Her parents moved to Springfield, Illinois when she was an infant.

Mrs. Shull graduated from Springfield High School in 1936, and from the Springfield Hospital and Training School (now called Memorial Medical Center) in 1939. She received a Bachelor of Science degree from Union College in Barbourville, KY in 1942 where she was a college nurse.

Mrs. Shull was on the educational staff at Memorial Hospital of Springfield for many years. She worked in the capacity as an instructor; Assistant Director of Education and then Director of Education. She served in the Army Nurse Corps during WWII, receiving her basic training at Camp McCoy, Wisconsin where the Japanese prisoners of war were interned. Later she was assigned to Camp Shelby, Mississippi.

At the time of Mrs. Schull’s active retirement from the nursing profession in 1974, she was employed in the central office of the Illinois Department of Public Health as Nurse Coordinator of Long Term Care Facilities. Mrs. Schull was an active life-time member of the First United Methodist Church in Springfield, of the United Methodist Women, and the 2x2 Sunday School Class. She also belonged to LOESS (Lincoln Orbit Earth Science Society), Audubon Society, Friends of Lincoln Library, Friends of Memorial Medical Center, Memorial Hospital Alumni Association, Union College Alumni Association, Retired State Employees Association, and Memorial Medical Center Retirees.

Surviving are her daughter Bonnie L. Guerra and husband Orimar of Bolivia, NC; two granddaughters; two step-granddaughters; three great-grandsons; two step-great-grandsons: a step-great-granddaughter; two nephews and several cousins.

Online condolences may be made at

Peacock –Newnam & White Funeral and Cremation Service.


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Allegra Anderson Curry

May 17, 2018

Mrs Shull was one of the nicest persons I have ever met. She was my DON of nursing school at MMC. She gave her all to the school and was always so kind to all of us students. We missed her terribly when she left. My sympathy to her family.
Allegra Anderson Curry