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Unless otherwise stated, these obituaries were compiled from old newspapers by Milo Custer and published in 1912


EADES, Betty T Stern
BLOOMINGTON - The funeral of Betty T. Eades, 77, of 224 Sherwood Way, Bloomington, formerly of Cooksville, will be at 11 a.m. Monday at Union Church of Cooksville, the Rev. Kenneth Sloan-Couch officiating. Burial will be in Blue Mound Cemetery, Cooksville. Visitiation will be from 5 to 8 p.m. Sunday at Beck Memorial Home, Bloomington and one hour before the service Monday at the church. Memorials may be made to the Union Church of Cooksville. Mrs. Eades died at 8:59 a.m. Friday (July 27, 2001) at her home. She was born Dec. 24, 1923, at Cooksville, a daughter of Edwin and Fleta Stoops Stern. She married Dale T. Eades Oct. 9, 1943, at Cooksville. He died Jan. 5, 1997. Surviving are one daughter, Deborah Schultze, Bloomington; one son, Edwin O. (Connie) Eades, Cooksville; and two sisters, Eunice (John) Seifert, Anchor; and Marilyn (Willard) Weidner, Bloomington. Also surviving are four grandchildren, Damon T. (Danielle) Eades, Jennifer J. Eades, Jamie J. (Gary) Conway and Andrew J. (Rachel) Eades; four great-grandchildren, Austin Chase, Dallas Chase, Ali Jordan Eades and Payton Thomas Eades; and a longtime good friend, Evelyn McFaddin. Her parents preceded her in death. Mrs. Eades attended Illinois State Normal University. She was a retired postmaster of Cooksville and was a member of the National Association of Postmasters of the United States. She also was a member of the Women of the Moose Bloomington Chapter; Bloomington Bowling Women's Association Hall of Fame; the United Christian Workers. She was a longtime member of the Blue Mound Cemetery Association, serving as secretary for many years. She also was a visitation attendant for Beck Memorial Homes. She was a member of the Union Church of Cooksville. Betty will be missed by her family and many friends. (The Pantagraph)

EADES, Dale T
COOKSVILLE - The Funeral Of Dale T. Eades, 82, of R.R. 1, Cooksville, will be at 11 a.m. Wednesday at Union Church, Cooksville, the Rev. Kenneth Sloan-Couch officiating. Burial will be in Blue Mound Cemetery, Cooksville. Visitation will be from 4 to 7 p.m. today at Beck Memorial Home, Bloomington, and for one hour prior to the service Wednesday at the church. He died at 10:58 a.m. Sunday (Jan. 5, 1997) at his residence. Memorials may be made to OSF Hospice or Union Church of Cooksville. Survivors include his wife, Betty; one daughter, Deborah Schultze, Lexington; one son, Edwin Eades, Middleton, Wis.; one sister, LaVene Dameron, Towanda; and one brother, Virgil Eades, Phoenix, Ariz. Also surviving are five grandchildren, Damon Eades, Jenifer Eades, Jaime Eades, Andrew Eades and Christopher Schultze. Mr. Eades was born Nov. 25, 1914, in Cooksville, to Olie and Lena Ehlers Eades. He married Betty Stern Oct. 9, 1943, in Cooksville. He was preceded in death by his parents and one sister. Mr. Eades was a farmer and was a rural mail carrier for 20 years for the U.S. Post Office. He was a member of Union Church of Cooksville; secretary/treasurer of Blue Mound Cemetery Association; rural Mail Carrier Association; Farm Bureau member; Honorary Chapter Farmer with Octavia FFA; former secretary of Illinois Chester White Association; and Blue Mound Township Supervisor. (The Pantagraph)

EADS, Shirley J. Bleich
ROBERTS - Shirley J. Eads, 73, Roberts, died at 8:20 a.m. Sunday (Dec. 7, 2008) at the Heartland Health Care Center, Paxton. A memorial service will be at 2 p.m. Saturday at the Roberts United Methodist Church, with Pastor Stanley Rapp officiating. Memorials may be made to the Roberts United Methodist Church or the Roberts Library. Lamb Funeral Home, Roberts, is in charge of arrangements. Shirley was born Nov. 23, 1935, in Pontiac, a daughter of Elmer and Annette Stow Bleich. She married Glenn Eads on Nov. 28, 1954, in Thawville. He died Sept. 6, 2000. Survivors include her mother, Annette, Gibson City; and three children, Glenda (Steve) Siani, Peyton, Colo.; Steven (Norma Fregoso) Eads, Gardena, Calif.; and Brenda (Dan) Crandall, San Diego, Calif; two grandchildren, Joshua and Brittany Crandall; four brothers, Don (Polly) Bleich, Paxton; Jerry (Juanita) Bleich, Roberts; Delaine (Sylvia) Bleich, Gardenerville, Nev.; and Larry Bleich, Roberts; two brothers-in-law, Howard (Joy) Eads, Thawville, and Gladwin Eads, Amarillo, Texas; and many great aunts, uncles, nephews, nieces and cousins. Shirley was employed at the Hicks Grain Terminal and then was a child care provider for many years at her home in Roberts. She was a member of Roberts United Methodist Church, United Methodist Women, Roberts Woman's Club and Wagner-Davis Legion Auxiliary. She volunteered at the Roberts Library. Shirley loved to play cards and enjoyed her Canasta Club for more than 35 years. She also joined the euchre and pinochle groups. Shirley was happy sewing, planting flowers, going to water aerobics, traveling and bird watching.
[The Pantagraph]

EASTER, Mrs. Sarah E. (wife of Allen Easter) d. Weston, McLean County, Ill. Jan. 5, 1871, aged 31 years.

EASTMAN, John, (formerly of Bloomington, Ill. ) d. Peoria, Ill. Jan. 7, 1880 [a.n.s] Left a family.

ECKERT, Artie Benjamin, 71, died Feb. 5, 1982 at 3:16 p.m. at Pike County Hospital. Services for Mr. Eckert were held at 2 p.m. today, Monday, at the Collier Funeral Home in Louisiana. The Rev. G. H. Cox was the minister and burial was in Greenwood Cemetery in Clarksville. He was born March 26, 1910 in Mozier, Ill., a son of Marshall Benjamin and Nancy Elizabeth Eddy Eckert. He was married to Marjorie Elliott, March 18, 1929 in Clarksville. His family moved to Clarksville when he was four years old. In Clarksville, he ran a fish market, later a meat market and then a service station. He retired about 1972 or 1973. Mr. and Mrs. Eckert moved to Louisiana in November, 1979. They lived at the Thomas Apartments West in Louisiana. He is survived by his wife of the home; five daughters, Mrs. Paul (Marjorie) Windmiller of Louisiana, Mrs. Robert (Dixie) Hoaglin of Louisiana, Mrs. Steve (Donna) Glascock of Clarksville, Mrs. James (Binnie) Murphy of Clarksville and Mrs. Wayne (Jackie) Bradshaw of Clarksville; by four sisters, Mrs. Lydia Pellikaan of Louisiana, Mrs. Leona Shive of Louisiana, Mrs. Margaret Calvey of Clarksville and Hazel Bernice Eckert of Fulton; 21 grandchildren; and 16 great-grandchildren. A son, John Eckert, died Sept. 7, 1974. [Contributed by Virginia Gorton Bonne from the Virginia Hart Collection, Pike Co IL]

EDELMAN, Charles, d. Bloomington, Ill. (?) Sept. 20, 1876

EDWARDS, Oscar B. (oldest son of E. F. Edwards) d. at the res. of his brother-in-law, Byron Covey, Leroy, Ill. Sept. 10, 1875, aged 23 years.

ELDER, George G. d. Eureka, Ill. March 30, 1876, aged 34 years 10 months 20 days.

ELDER, Mrs. Lydia, (wife of Col. A. Elder.) d. Bloomington, Ill. Sept. 8, 1876, aged 72 years.

ELKINS, John, d. (Bloomington, Ill. ?) Aug. 29, 1871, aged 58 years, 2 months.

ELKINS, Mrs. J. M. d. Bloomington, Ill. Dec 7, 1874.

ELLSWORTH -- Martha Kay Ellsworth, 62, of Normal, died at 7:10 p.m. Monday (Dec. 26, 2011) in Advocate BroMenn Medical Center, Normal, surrounded by her family. Kay was born Oct. 14, 1949, in Quincy, a daughter of Robert H. and JoAnna Priest Langerhans. She married Thomas Ellsworth on May 12, 1973, in Quincy. He survives. Kay graduated from Quincy High School and received a bachelor's degree in elementary education from Central Methodist University in Fayette, Mo. She was an avid gardener and loved animals. Kay was a loving wife, daughter, mother and grandmother and will be dearly missed by her family and friends. She is also survived by a son, Corey Ellsworth, St. Louis; a daughter, Jodi (Steve Stachurski) Ellsworth, Bloomington; and a grandson, Grant Stachurski. She was preceded in death by her parents. SERVICES: 10 a.m. Friday in Carmody-Flynn Williamsburg Funeral Home, Bloomington, with the Rev. Terry Edele officiating. Burial will be in Evergreen Memorial Cemetery, Bloomington. VISITATION: 4 to 7 p.m. Thursday in the funeral home. ARRANGEMENTS: Carmody-Flynn Williamsburg Funeral Home, 1800 Eastland Drive, Bloomington. [Quincy Herald Whig, Quincy, IL; c. December 2011, Sub. by Ella Tittsworth]

ELLSWORTH, Mrs. Oliver, (Formerly of Bloomington, Ill. ) d. at the res. of her father in Westfield, Mass. Nov. ..., 1873, aged 38 years. Left one ch. a daughter, aged 5 years.

ELLSWORTH, Oliver, (Plow Manufacturer) d. Bloomington, Ill. Nov. 27, 1871. [b. Ellington, Conn. Aug. 29, 1812. See Vol. II, Trans. McLean County Hist. Soc. P. 628.]

EMERSON, Mrs. Elizabeth M. (wife of F. M. Emerson) b. Clark County, Ky. March 13, 1826, settled near Bloomington, Ill. 1851, d. Bloomington, Ill. June 4, 1874.

ENGLEKEN, Mrs. Lottie, wife of Joseph Engleken. d. (Bloomington, Ill. ?) Nov. 28, 1877, aged 23 years.

ENGLISH -- David English, a rich farmer near Bloomington, Ill, was thrown from his wagon and killed. ["The Daily Independent", Monroe, Wisconsin, Jan. 22, 1889. Transcribed by Linda Rodriguez ]

ENLOW, James, (Formerly of McLean County, Ill. Oldest son of John Enlow of near Covel, Ill.) d. Russell, Kans. about July ..., 187...

ENLOW, Mrs. Louisa L. (wife of Abram Enlow.) d. Twin Grove, McLean County, Ill. (?) Aug. 21, 1876, aged 63 years, 5 months.

EVANS, John D. (Co. .., 84th Ill. Vol. Inf. Civil War. Formerly of Randolph Twp. McLean County, Ill.) Accidentally killed at San Antonio, Tex. Feb. 5, 1871. [a. n. s.]

EVANS, Mrs. Mattie, wife of John W. Evans, b. Ebensburg, Pa. Aug 24 1840, settled at Bloomington, Ill. 1860, d. at her res. 105 W. Chestnut St. Bloomington, Ill. Nov. 3, 1879, aged 39 years, 2 months, 10 days. (Left husband and 6 ch.)

EYLAR , Mrs. Rebecca, ( Formerly Mrs. Rebecca Gregg.) wife of Alfred A Eylar, of Pontiac, Ill. d. Pontiac, Ill. (?) Oct. 29, 1874, aged 57 years.


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