Kristine M. Hemphill, 56, of rural Annawan, died Saturday, April 7, 2012, at her home. Funeral services celebrating her life were held Wednesday, April 11, at Calvary Evangelical Congregational Church, Hooppole. The Rev. David T.?Bailey and the Rev. Linnea Gustafson officiated. Burial was in the Hooppole Cemetery. A visitation was held Tuesday, April 10, at Vandemore Funeral Home Ltd., Atkinson. Memorials may be directed to the Calvary Evangelical Congregational Church, Annawan-Alba Library, and/or family wishes.
She was born on Oct. 10, 1955, in Kewanee, the daughter of Roger and Edith (Gustafson) Polson. She was a 1973 graduate of Annawan High School. She also graduated from Western Illinois University. She married Rick Hemphill on Jan. 21, 1978, in Hooppole. She was a math teacher and volleyball coach at Annawan High School for several years and did a lot of subbing for the Annawan School District. She then worked for the U.S. Postal Service working for five years at the Geneseo Post Office and then moved to the Bettendorf,?Iowa, Post Office. Kristine was a member of Calvary Evangelical Church, where she served as church organist, treasurer for the memorial fund, and did a lot of adult missionary work. She also was a member of the Annawan-Alba Library board. She enjoyed doing needlework, baking, playing the organ and especially spending time with family and following her kids’ activities.
Survivors include her husband, Rick; her mother, Edith Polson of Prophetstown; a daughter and spouse, Andrea and Michael Smith of Annawan; two sons and spouses, Darrin and Danica Hemphill of Armington and Bryce and Kaila Hemphill of Bradford; four grandchildren, Greyson, Wesley, Colton and Bentley Hemphill; a sister and spouse, Diane and Hal Coxon of Ortonville, Mich.; two brothers and spouse, Dwaine and Audrey Polson of Prophetstown and Kevin Polson of Woodbine, Iowa. She was preceded in death by her father, Roger Polson.