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Wilena Toothman Guitare Gains

Wilena “Willie” Toothman Guitare Gains, 70, of Champaign-Urbana left this earth at 12:15 p.m. Tuesday, Feb. 4, 2020 at Carle Foundation Hospital.

Wilena was born August 27, 1949, in Champaign to Darrell “Jim” and Lura “Peggy” gains(Hilterbrand) Toothman. Willie married Rolland “Sandy” Guitare and shared three children during their nearly 25 years of marriage.  He survives as do their children, Michele (Travis) Andrews of Rantoul, Melanie Bryant (Curt Withrow) of Sadorus and Frank (Brenda) Guitare of St. Joseph; 15 grandchildren, 8 great-grandchildren; several nieces, nephews, cousins and many friends.

She was preceded in death by her parents and two brothers, Frank Davis and Richard Toothman.

Willie was an Auxiliary member of VFW Post 630, Urbana, IL since 2001 assisting with activities to raise funds to help our veterans. She lived in Florida for a brief time and loved the sound of the waves on the beaches at the Gulf.  Most of all, she loved her family with all of her heart.  Wilena’s celebration of life will be February 15, 2020 from 12 p.m. – 3 p.m. at the VFW, 1303 E. Main St., Urbana, IL.

Donations for the family can be made at the VFW.

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Willie will be greatly missed by everyone who knew her! We were friends and I got to enjoy watching her in action. I was even one of her charity cases... she was by my side daily after Luke died, making sure I was safe. Willie was one of the most positive person I’ve ever met in my entire life!! I will never forget her and am so glad I saw her when I was home in January! I’m so sorry for Your Loss!!

—Deanna Falls Norman


So sad to hear of Willie’s death...she was such a live wire, just expected her to go on and on with those “bunny batteries” ..:So many memories with you kids and your Dad...so many nights of Yahtzee while the “boys” worked..So mucb fun on the “bikes,” cookouts,..So much help from your Mom....Still miss you all..and condolence doesn’t begin to express our grief for you....

Love to you all,

Rc and Paula Eastin...


Willie has a Beautiful heart and Loved her Family and friends so much!! Always helping whenever able!!! She gave her all!! Time to Rest In Peace, Willie!!! Until the day we can all be reunited again!!!!

—Duane and Betty Bryant


For Brenda and Frank Guitare:

So sorry about your loss. My prayers are with you and your family. Blessings upon you as you travel through this journey. God will make a way when there seems to be no way.

—Love, Great Uncle Denny.


My deepest condolences to Michele, Melanie and Frank and entire family. Willie was a friend like no other. She was always there to help her family and friends and never asked for anything in return. I do believe she was an “Angel” on earth for a lot of her friends including myself. I called her my “Sunshine Girl” because thru her own terminal illness, I never heard her complain one time. She always stayed positive, had a very deep love for her family and close friends. Until we meet again, enjoy the beautiful ocean and swaying palms. I love you, Willie.

—Diana Clow