Courtney L. Dunham

Born: Wed., Dec. 17, 1980
Died: Tue., May 4, 2021


4:00 PM to 7:00 PM, Sat., May 15, 2021
Location: Niebur Funeral Home

Funeral Service

7:00 PM Sat., May 15, 2021
Location: Niebur Funeral Home

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Courtney ‘Krush’ Dunham, age 40, of Griggsville, IL passed away on Tuesday, May 4, 2021 at St. John’s Hospital in Springfield with her parents by her side.  She was born on December 17, 1980 in Quincy, IL to L. Dwight and Judith Williams Dunham.

Courtney attended Griggsville-Perry schools and graduated from Griggsville-Perry High School in 1999.  She went on to the University of Illinois graduating in 2005 with a degree in Communications minoring in Sports Management.  To say sports were Courtney’s life would be an understatement.  She was in love with the city of Chicago, and avidly followed the Cubs, Blackhawks, Bears, and Bulls and was very honored to be chosen to attend the Cubs Convention when she was in the 7th grade.  Another opportunity in her life was when she was in college and had season tickets to Illini Basketball games and even attended the Final Four in St. Louis in 2005.  Ultimately, her favorite team of all time was the Griggsville-Perry Tornadoes.  Ironically, Courtney came into this world like a ‘tornado,’ arriving 3 months early weighing only 3 pounds and was diagnosed with Cerebral Palsy at 18 months.  She was a fighter from the beginning and was inspiring to many.  Her mentality on the situation she was given didn’t stop her from going out and enjoying life to the fullest and what she lacked physically, she excelled in mentally.  Courtney enjoyed politics and was passionate in her beliefs and watched CNN every single night.  She was very intelligent and had a love for history, which was influenced by Kenny Stauffer.  She had a photogenic memory especially when it came to history and sports, which made her an asset to her Quiz Bowl team in high school.  Another big influence in Courtney’s life was Peg Ratliff, one of her biggest advocates, and Courtney would not want us to forget her superheroes, Scott, Preston, Alicia, and Tasha, as well as her special friend and guardian angel, Mckenzie Tomhave.  Courtney was very lovable and considerate, and strong in her opinions.  She had a way with people and the world will not be the same without her; she will be dearly missed.

She is survived by her parents, Dwight and Judi Dunham; grandmother, Hilda K. Dunham of Griggsville; uncles and aunts, Steve (Trella) Dunham and Scott (Alicia) Dunham, all of Griggsville as well as several cousins; her special Cubs ally, Knox; her beloved Yorkie, Prince; her adoptive family, the Craigs; and her Griggsville-Perry fans.

She was preceded in death by her maternal grandparents, Robert ‘Bob’ and Dorothy Williams, and grandfather, Leo D. Dunham.

Game Time Celebration will be held on Saturday, May 15, 2021 at 7:00 PM at Niebur Funeral home in Pittsfield.  Pregame Festivities will be held prior to the service on Saturday from 4:00 PM to 7:00 PM.  In honor of Courtney, please come wearing one of her favorite teams’ apparel or their coordinating colors.  Interment will be at a later date and cremation rites have been accorded.  Memorials are suggested to be made to Griggsville-Perry Athletic Boosters.  Online condolences may be left to the family at  Niebur Funeral Home is handling the arrangements.

Charitable donations may be made in Courtney 's memory to the following organization:

Griggsville-Perry Athletic Boosters

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Lori Bradshaw
   Posted Fri May 07, 2021
26 years working with the elderly has taught me that live isn't about your age. Life is about life and what you make of it. In Courtney's short 40 years she LIVED!!! She will be very missed!!! RIP Court Krush

David & Viki (DeJaynes)White & Family
   Posted Fri May 07, 2021
Our deepest sympathy for the family. Krush will be missed by many. Our prayers are with you all.

Trent Halpin
   Posted Fri May 07, 2021
I was so fortunate to celebrate a birthday party with Courtney many years ago. She definitely made a positive impact on those who were lucky to meet her!

   Posted Fri May 07, 2021
I'm so sorry to hear this. She will be missed by all. My prayers and thoughts are with you. Loree

Theresa Price
   Posted Fri May 07, 2021
So sort for your loss! All my prayers for your family 🙏

Gary Guthrie
   Posted Fri May 07, 2021
We are so sorry for your loss, and deeply sad. She was a great person. If u need anything please let us know. From the Guthrie Family

Mike and Trish Bradshaw
   Posted Fri May 07, 2021
What a special woman! Her loyalty and passion was unending! Our condolences to Dwight and Judy.

Melanie Geisendorfer
   Posted Fri May 07, 2021
Thoughts and prayers to you Dwight, Judi and family. Take comfort in knowing Court was welcomed with a big hug from Aunt Kathie.

David and Sheryl ( Spangenberg ) Roberts
   Posted Fri May 07, 2021
Please accept our deepest sympathy for your loss. We are big university of Illinois fans too. May you find comfort in the support of your family and friends. Fondly, Dave and Sheryl

Cassandra Adkins
   Posted Fri May 07, 2021
Court will be missed by me a lot. She was such a great friend to me and I will always be grateful that I had the opportunity to have her in my life. I wish all of Court's family my deepest condolences and sympathy. My love, prayers and hugs go out to all of you.

Becky Miller Hoening
   Posted Fri May 07, 2021
Thoughts and prayers to the family. Can’t imagine too many others who have impacted so many lives, in so many amazing ways, in such a short time as Courtney. Truly an exceptional young lady.

Ron and Jaclyn Farmer
   Posted Fri May 07, 2021
We know your hearts are broken, but know she is in good company. We know she is free of the wheel chair and pain and suffering and we rejoice with her and you over that. Our prayers will continue to be with you, and the rest of the family. With love, Ron and Jaclyn Farmer

Robin L Hobson
   Posted Fri May 07, 2021
deepest sympathies. Rest in peace Courtney. You were a blessing to all that knew you.
prayers for the family.

Joe Webel
   Posted Fri May 07, 2021
Mrs. Dunham and family-
So sorry for your loss- I pray your fond memories and time spent remembering brings you peace during this time.
Joe Webel

William G Spangenberg
   Posted Sat May 08, 2021
What a special an interesting life to celebrate. Thinking of you all, God Bless. GREG & DONA
John 10: 28

Shawn McKinney
   Posted Sat May 08, 2021
Our family offers the deepest of condolences. Everyone in our family thought the world of Courtney, especially Grandma Blanche! She loved going to the ballgames with Courtney. We are so grateful for the time they spent together.
We are sending love and prayers to help you through this difficult time.
Much love,
Shawn, Chattie, Tember, Bob, Brandon, and Grandma Blanche ❤️

Heath, Heather and Kenny Bounds
   Posted Sat May 08, 2021
My sweet cousin, you will be greatly missed. You have touched so many lives and you have always been such a joy to be around. I know Mom will miss talking basketball with you. You are in our thoughts and prayers Dwight and Judi.
Heath, Heather and Kenny

Lori Slayden
   Posted Sat May 08, 2021
I am so sorry to hear about Courtney. My heart hurts for you. May you feel the love and prayers from all of us!

Craig and Monica Beard
   Posted Sat May 08, 2021
Our Thoughts and Prayers are with you and your family. Courtney was a very special person. Hugs to both of you for being wonderful parents.

Jeni Seymour
   Posted Sat May 08, 2021
Im so saddened to hear about court. She was one of the best friends a girl could ask for in school.. and was a inspiration that no matter what was laid in front of her she overcame it. fly high and GO CUBS!!!

Sherry Stinebaker Gardner
   Posted Sun May 09, 2021
To the Dunhams!
Courtney was such a special person to us all! I loved visiting with here! She never forgot the good times and always had s smile and a hug! She warmed my heart with her presence. And her fedora, so cute and so Courtney! My deepest sympathy for family and all who loved her, as i know i did!

Tim and Nancy Halpin
   Posted Sun May 09, 2021
Our condolences to her supportive family and network of friends; we are truly sorry for your loss

Mike Wagner
   Posted Sun May 09, 2021
Judi and Dwight I am so sorry for your loss. Courtney was a special girl and I enjoyed tutoring her so many years ago. We had many breaks discussing the her Cubs and my Cardinals. She was always an inspiration to others to do their best at what ever they did, as she did in everything she attempted. She showed everyone that you can do almost anything you put your mind to. I know how much this hurts and I will keep you in my prays.

Joan Drage
   Posted Mon May 10, 2021
So sorry for your loss. Your in my thoughts and prayers.

Ann Clark Potenzone
   Posted Tue May 11, 2021
You will be missed! I will always remember your bright smile.

Patti Glassburner
   Posted Tue May 11, 2021
I just heard today about Courtney’s passing. Judy and Dwight my deepest sympathy for the loss of your daughter. Remember she is always in your heart. May your memories comfort you at this time. May she Rest In Peace. ❤️🙏🏻😘

Patti (Williams) Glassburner

Roger Pleus
   Posted Fri May 14, 2021
Dwight and Judy, my condolences to the both of you. I remember when Courtney was born. You were both so very proud. May the peace of the lord be with the both of you at this difficult time.

Jonetta R Leatherman Finley
   Posted Sun May 16, 2021
Dearest cousins , Dwight and Judy, prayers and love as you negotiate the complicated life ahead. You have been in my heart since I heard. All of your Leatherman Cousins share deep love with you.

Larry G. Gooud
   Posted Wed May 19, 2021
Dwight and Judi I am so sorry for your loss.

Darwin and Lisa Feenstra
   Posted Thu June 10, 2021
I was so sorry to hear about your daughter. I (Lisa) used to work at Farmers State Bank in the drive and one day a year or two ago Dwight told me about his daughter, Courtney. I was so touched by his love for his daughter and all that she was able to accomplish because of the love and support of her parents. You and your family have been in my thoughts and prayers.

Darwin and Lisa (Burbridge) Feenstra

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