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Shawna Marie Scott Cremeens, age 43

Shawna Marie Scott Cremeens of Cabot, Arkansas passed away Tuesday, December 27, 2022 at St. Vincent North Hospital due to complications secondary to severe asthma and diabetes. She was born August 5, 1979 at Carle Hospital in Urbana, Illinois to parents Doris and John C. Scott.

Shawna met the love of her life, Ben in 2004 and they married on December 8, 2006 in a chapel in the Great Smoky Mountains.

Shawna was a graduate of Centennial High School in Champaign, Illinois. She graduated from Patricia Stevens College in Travel and Tourism in 1999. There, she perfected her amazing customer service skills. She was a Past Honor Queen of Bethel #104, International Job’s Daughters, and Past Worthy Advisor of Champaign Assembly #21, International Order of Rainbow for Girls.  She is a  member of the Order of the Eastern Star, Victoria Chapter #14 in Jefferson City, Missouri, and Hope Chapter #104 in Urbana, Illinois.

Shawna was employed by Wolfram Research in Champaign, Illinois as Corporate Travel Coordinator, Carle Hospital in Urbana, Illinois as Executive Education Assistant, and Engage Point in Jefferson City, Missouri as Project Management Analyst. She recently fulfilled her dream by launching her own travel agency, “Oh! The Places We Go Travel”.

Shawna’s friends described her as a “Ray of Sunshine”. She was the most compassionate, friendliest, and outgoing person you could meet. She loved to stop strangers and give them a compliment. The highlight of her day was to walk in the door and be greeted by her pups all in a frenzy to be the first one there.

She is survived by her husband Benjamin A. Cremeens, parents Doris and John Lawyer of Champaign, Illinois; father John C. Scott of Champaign, Illinois; sister Crystal Bailey and nephews Trevor and Gavin Bailey all of Mahomet, Illinois; and her uncle Keith Cravens of Buffalo, Illinois. She is also survived by Ben’s side of the family: father and mother-in-law Chuck and Janet Cremeens of Equality, Illinois; sister-in-law Sarah Martin (Sean) and nieces Elizabeth and Anna of Junction, Illinois; sister-in-law Megan (Mike) Gholson and nephew Charlie of Harrisburg, Illinois; and brother-in-law Matthew Cremeens of Equality, Illinois. She also leaves behind two best friends Emily Kizer of Rantoul, IL and Lisa Elliott of Cabot, Arkansas and her beloved four-legged children Star, Chief, Luna, and Rosie.

She is preceded in death by her maternal grandparents Forrest and Wilma Cravens; her paternal grandparents John and Clara Scott; two uncles and an aunt.

A Celebration of Life will be held January 7, 2022 at Morgan Memorial Home, 1304 Regency Drive, Savoy, Illinois. The family will greet friends and family from 9:00-10:30 am. An Eastern Star Funeral Ceremony will start at 10:50am. In celebration of Shawna’s love of bright colors and prints, please feel free to wear bright and joyful colors to celebrate her.

In lieu of flowers, donations may be made in her memory to Arkansas Children’s Foundation Asthma Research Fund at or P.O. Box 2222, Little Rock, Arkansas, 72203 or to the Cabot Animal Shelter, 2951 South First Street, Cabot, Arkansas, 72023.

Arrangements by A Natural State Funeral Service 2620 West Main Street, Jacksonville, Arkansas 72076. 501-982-3400 and assistance provided to the family by  Morgan Memorial Home, 1304 Regency Drive, Savoy, Illinois.   Online guestbook available at


  • Dolores Staley Posted December 30, 2022 6:02 PM

    Will be missed, rest in peace

  • Donna Sweet Posted December 30, 2022 6:08 PM

    I remember Shawna particularly when I lived in the basement apartment at the house on Stratford. I had surgery while there and Shawna and Crystal played nurse while I was recovering. They would come downstairs after school to make sure I was OK or needed anything. I have fond memories of those times.

  • Lori Posted December 30, 2022 6:34 PM

    I’ll miss you, my friend.

  • Gary Emery Posted December 30, 2022 8:11 PM

    Ben we are so very sorry for your loss we will keep all in our prayers!

  • Sean and Stacie Jordan Posted December 30, 2022 10:38 PM

    I’m so sorry for your loss.

  • Gaby Villasenor Posted December 30, 2022 11:56 PM

    Shawna, thank you for your friendship and kindness. I am glad I got to say I love you one last time on Christmas Day. I will miss you and us connecting over travel as another way for us to share our friendship. I love you.

  • Jennifer Mateuz Posted December 31, 2022 5:13 AM

    Im so sorry for your loss. Shawna was one of the kindest souls Ive ever met. I had the pleasure of doing her hair and toes for the last year or two. God bless you and your family 💔

  • Jennifer McDuffy Posted December 31, 2022 5:58 AM

    Shawna and I grew up in church together. She was always very kind and sweet. She will be missed.

  • Rebecca Peck Posted December 31, 2022 7:13 AM

    Oh Shawna. My heart breaks this morning hearing of your passing. You were a beacon of light and goodness and the memories I have if our shenanigans and love of hospitality will remain with me as I pray for your smooth passage to heaven. Go be with the angels sweetie! I will miss you. Love, Rebecca.

  • Al Rivera Posted December 31, 2022 8:01 AM

    Thank you for being a ray of sunshine in this busy, rushed, and often uncompassionate world Shawna! Your positive energy, outlook, and empathy for people served as a highlight to anyone’s day! The world lost one of the kindest and sweetest people to grace this earth! God’s Peace!

  • Tina Stover Posted December 31, 2022 8:05 AM

    I’m so sorry for your loss, Ben. I did not know your wife, but the loss of your best friend and partner is a terrible thing. May you find the peace and strength that you will need in the days ahead.

  • Sara Devlin Posted December 31, 2022 8:35 AM

    What a beautiful human. I will miss seeing what you are up to and your amazing support. I can only imagine what good things you will be able to do now, but we will miss you down here. Hugs to your whole family

  • Angela Magee Posted December 31, 2022 8:42 AM

    I met Ben & Shawnna on a cruise in December (just months ago). We enjoyed having dinner with her and Ben! They were such a ray of sunshine and I really enjoyed getting to know her. It was like meeting a sister from another Mr.
    I am so sorry to see that she has passed, but am glad I got to meet her and share that memorable vacation!
    She was such a beautiful person!

  • Deanna Tobeck Posted December 31, 2022 10:26 AM

    I was so shocked and saddened to hear about Shawna. She always had a smile on her face and brightened the room. Most times very much needed. You have my condolences.

  • Richard Wentz Posted December 31, 2022 11:36 AM

    The world will never ever be as bright as a once was. Ben, they’re just aren’t words. Know that you’re loved and you’ll see her again.

  • Stephanie Posted December 31, 2022 12:53 PM

    What a beautiful person, gone too soon. Sending love to Ben and all of her family. May God’s love envelope you and bring you comfort.

  • Sherry Fisher Posted December 31, 2022 1:33 PM

    So very sorry for your loss Ben
    Shawna was a special
    Lady and a delite to work with in relay for life

  • Tonya Martin Posted December 31, 2022 1:35 PM

    I knew Shawna from my days at Wolfram and beyond. She was always THE most cheerful person ! Even when you were stuck in Monterrey in the most precarious of situations, she had a solution and the kind of personality that made you feel at ease. Kind, conscious, caring and joyful. I will miss you Shawna. Peace fall on Benjamin, the absolute love of her life, and her family.

  • Kelly Dillman Posted December 31, 2022 3:29 PM

    My heart is totally broken, lost for words, had so much fun with when we worked at AT&T, and picking on me about how much I love snow….. you also taught me to live life to fullest, be happy and always dance, and lastly aways smile!!! You my friend will be truly missed!!! RIP beautiful, strong and amazing lady… we all love you

  • Christine Dietrich Posted January 1, 2023 7:41 AM

    Shawna was always pleasant to everyone. The pictures she shared on her recent trip showed that big smile of hers:). A wonderful person.

  • BIll Blackman Posted January 1, 2023 5:42 PM

    Really only met her one time. She was the most pleasant person and always had that smile! She contacted me severalties es after we met to see how I was doing. God Bless you all!

  • Rewa Musser Posted January 3, 2023 11:24 PM

    Such good memories you will most certainly be missed.

  • Julie D Lowry Posted January 6, 2023 9:06 AM

    Shawna and her mom, Doris were the very first friends I made in Illinois, outside of work. They greeted me at Eastern Star and took me in, when I needed family so far from home.

    Shawna loved telling the story about watching me daughter, who was about 2 years old. They had taken the wagon down to the local park to play and Sam didn’t want to go home. Shawna put her in the wagon and dragged it back across the street and down the block. The whole way home Sam cried, ” I want my momma” and Shawna was just waiting for someone to stop her to ask why she was kidnapping this child.

    Shawna was and is very much loved and will be greatly missed. We need to share her smile and positivity.

    • Lisa Elliott Posted January 9, 2023 11:02 PM

      Julie.. That was the sweetest story!! Thank you for sharing while we were at Crystal’s. I’m so glad we got to meet, it was a pleasure ❤️ Shawna will FOREVER be missed!!😢

  • Lisa Elliott Posted January 9, 2023 11:06 PM

    I missed you the SECOND you left. I’m not sure what to do, or how to even begin to navigate this thing called LIFE without you🥺 but stay close, and hold me tight to your wings. Because I’m gonna need yo, Sunshine!! I love you and miss you more than ever!! 😢💔

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