We are privileged to serve you before, during, and after the loss of a loved one.

Life's Final Moments

When a death is imminent, our pastor is honored to come and pray with you. If there is such a time, please call the church at 217-428-3327 and ask for pastoral care. We will make every effort to have someone come to you.

If this is after office hours, please call the emergency number: 217-413-7904. The pastor will return your call as soon as possible.

Grieving and Remembering

When the death has occurred, our pastor and staff would also be honored to provide the service for your loved one here at the church, at the funeral home or graveside depending on the family’s decision. Christ is our hope for eternal life and we offer this hope to the surviving family and friends that their beloved is now in God’s eternal charge.

Many of your questions may be answered in our Funeral Planning Guide, but if you have any additional questions regarding funeral or memorial planning, please email us or call 217-428-3327


Below are documents to help you begin thinking through some of the specific details of your own service (it's never too early to plan well for the end of your life) or the service for a loved one who is nearing death. Completed forms can be mailed to the church (please address it with "ATTN: Funeral Ministry"), scanned or emailed to us and we will keep them on file.


Some funerals are streamed online for those who are unable to attend in person. Those are available at prairieavenuechristianchurch.org

Recent and Upcoming Funerals at Prairie Avenue

Online Streaming of these services are available at prairieavenuechristianchurch.org/memorialsonline.
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Helen V (Crawley) Kater

February 4, 1931 - June 17, 2021

Helen Virginia Kater, 90 of Decatur died at 3:49 pm Thursday, June 17, 2021 in Clara Villa Nursing Home Decatur.

Funeral service to celebrate Helen’s life will be held at 11:00 am Tuesday, June 22, 2021 at Prairie Avenue Christian Church (2201 East Prairie Avenue Decatur, IL. 62521). Pastor Jason Butterick will officiate. Visitation will be one hour before the service at the church. Burial will be in South Macon Township Cemetery Macon, IL. Memorials may be made to the Prairie Avenue Christian Church. 

Helen was born in February of 1931 in Decatur the daughter of David and Henrietta Crawley. She graduated from Stephen Decatur High School. Helen worked for many years in the cafeteria for Decatur School District #61. She loved all the children and taught Sunday School at Prairie Avenue. She sang in the choir and loved music. Helen married Paul Eugene Kater in Decatur on February 24, 1952.

She is survived by her husband of 69 years Paul, sons, T.J. (Doris) Kater, Daniel Kater, Matthew (Susan) Kater and many grandchildren.

She was preceded In death by her parents, sister, Bernadine, brothers, Glen, Robert, David Jr., and Byron and by her son, Mark.

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April 16, 1951 - May 16, 2021

Kathleen Ann Hubbell,70, born Kathleen Schoneman on April 16th, 1951 to Shirley and Derald Schoneman in Decatur, Il, passed away on May 16th at Fair Havens Senior Living center during rehabilitation. She had been ill with pneumonia for a few months and passed after being diagnosed with Covid. Kathleen leaves behind her husband Robert and two children Jeff and Brad. Kathleen prided herself on being a great wife and mother and will be missed dearly.

Kathleen had a passion for cooking and decorating and was an inspiration to all that knew her to advance their skills with both. There was never a time that there wasn't some kind of craft being made. As an avid couponer and refunder, no one would ever want for nourishment or attention when they would visit Kathleen's home. Kathleen also had a passion for jewelry in all of its facets as well as working as a jeweler for several companies.

Services will be held at Prairie Avenue Christian Church on June 4th at 11 am. Pastor Jason Butterick will officiate and a gathering hall will be provided after.


To send flowers or a memorial gift to the family of Kathleen Hubbell please visit our Sympathy Store.

Mildred Evans


July 16, 1919 - March 1, 2020

Mildred Ruth Evans, nee Long, passed away in the comfort of her home on Sunday, March 1, 2020 at the age of 100. Born July 16, 1919 in Macon County, she was a lifelong resident of Decatur.

Funeral services will be held at 1:00 p.m. Friday, March 6, at Brintlinger & Earl Funeral Home, with visitation from noon until 1:00 p.m.  Burial will be at Graceland Cemetery. 

Memorials may be given to Prairie Avenue Christian Church.

She and Raymond Ralph Evans eloped and were married on October 22, 1936 in Rockville, IN. They enjoyed 77 years together before his death on January 27, 2014.

Surviving are her daughter Jean Ann Duckworth of Decatur; grandchildren, Jacqueline McQuality of Forsyth, James (Rhonda) Duckworth of Union, KY,  Jeffrey (Rita) Duckworth of Fairview Heights, great-grandchildren Mitchell (Amanda) Duckworth, Sean (Krystal) Duckworth, Brittany (Trevor) Wilson, Jacoby (Macklin) Andrick, Katie Russell (Kody Downes), Hunter Russell, great-great-grandchildren Jack, Luke, Haven, Kennedy, Parker, Brooks, and Avett.

She was preceded in death by her husband Raymond; her parents, W.R. Long Sr. and Ruth (Fombelle) Long; a son, James Raymond Evans; son-in-law, Russell Larry Duckworth; brother and sister-in-law, W.R. (Russell) Long, Jr. and Annabelle Long, and sister and brother-in-law, Helen Lucille and Louis Corman.



March 29, 1931 - February 18, 2020

Doris J. Greene 88, of Decatur, IL passed away at 8:30 a.m., Tuesday, February 18, 2020 in St. Mary’s Hospital.

A service to celebrate Doris’s life will be held at 11:00 a.m., Saturday, February 22, 2020, in Prairie Avenue Christian Church. The family will receive friends for visitation beginning at 9:00 a.m. until service time Saturday morning at the church. Burial will be in Point Pleasant Cemetery, Long Creek. Dawson & Wikoff Funeral Home, Mt. Zion is assisting the family with services. Memorials may be made to the Prairie Avenue Christian Church. Messages of condolence may be sent to the family at www.dawson-wikoff.com.

Doris was born March 29, 1931, in Shelby County, IL the daughter of Fred and Ruth (Denier) Gordon Sr. and was one of eleven children to that union. Doris married Keith Greene on June 30, 1947. He preceded her in death on July 1, 2009. Doris retired as a beautician. She also had formerly worked for Decatur Public School District #61 at Eisenhower High School. She was an avid Cardinal and Illini fan. She was a member of the Prairie Avenue Christian Church and was active in the Deaconess Social Committee. Doris was known for her pie baking ability and they were often requested by her family and church friends. In retirement her last years were spent at Tanglewood Village which she loved.

Surviving are her son: Rod Greene (Patricia) of Naples, FL; brothers: Jack Gordon (Mary) of Decatur and John Gordon (Norma) of North Carolina; grandchildren: Angela Gerber (Lenny), Matt Greene (Stephanie), Zach Greene, Luke Greene, Benjamin Bullock (Zhanna) and Justin Greene; and six great-grandchildren.

Doris was preceded in death by her husband, parents, son: Gordon; daughter: Melinda Shookman and eight siblings.