Ima Jean was born May 16, 1928 in rural Roseville, to Sidney M. and Esther [Neidy] Smith. Her early years were spent in the Berwick and Roseville areas. She attended Union and Ellison Center schools and Roseville High School. She received her teaching certificate in 1947 from Western IL State Teachers College. She taught at Sugarloaf School near Roseville and at Raritan School. She was ever the teacher at heart. Ima Jean married Roy Bycroft on January 31, 1948, at the Monmouth Christian Church parsonage. They began farming in Point Pleasant twshp and made a lasting impression in their community. Ima Jean was industrious. She worked many years at the DeKalb Seed Corn plant in Monmouth and was a cashier for Van Adkisson Auction Service. She also worked in the English dept at WIU. She loved history and explored the Bycroft geneaology for many years. A great cook, Ima Jean made lots of pies, and spent hours rolling out sugar cookies with her grandchildren and reading stories. Ima Jean became a Christian in her early teen years. She enjoyed teaching Sunday school and had a giving heart and willing hands. She was a member of Roseville Christian Church, Colfax Club, Roseville Women's Club and other professional and political groups. She served many years as a local election judge. Ima Jean was preceded in death by her parents, husband Roy, son Lynn, granddaughter Erin Thurman and niece Brenda Smith. She is survived by daughter Gloria [Marty] Thurman of 239 Yeager Lane, Avon, IL, grandsons Lance [Margaret] and Jared [Alison] Thurman and their children: Whitney, Chase, Abbigail, Kale, Emma, Nora, and Maya. She treasured her family, both immediate and extended. Also surviving are sisters Eloise [Wayne] Lowderman, Erma [Arthur Lee] Lewis, Gaila [Raymond] Parsons, and brother Vance [Betty] Smith, many nieces and nephews. Funeral services will be at 2PM Sunday, August 5th, at the Roseville Christian Church with visitation preceding the service, from 1 - 2 PM. Burial will be in the Roseville Township Cemetery. Memorials may be given in her name to Roseville Christian Church, LaMoine Christian Service Camp, or Roseville Rehab and Health Care. Online condolences may be made at www.cormanmh.com . Corman Memorial Home in Roseville is in charge of arrangements.