SPRINGFIELD, IL - Elizabeth Ann Ewing Read, formerly of Danforth and Piper City, Ill., passed away in Springfield on Tuesday morning, April 15, 2014 under Hospice Care.
Husband, Theodore "Ted" Read, preceded her in death in 1994.
She was born Sept. 1, 1918, on a farm east of Arcola, Ill. She was the daughter of George Ewart Ewing and Eula Lee McCown Ewing. On the day that Ann was born, her father was teased mercilessly as he drove his car to town on "gasless Sunday" (gas rationing) at the close of WWl to secure the services of the town doctor to assist in her delivery. As a very young child, Ann helped care for her blind grandfather, Joseph Henry Ewing, who was a civil war veteran. Her job was to lead him downtown on errands and to visit. She was often rewarded with a stop at the ice cream shop or with an apple on their front porch.
Ann graduated from the University of Illinois in 1940 and taught English and Sewing in Piper City for two years; Home Economics in Chrisman, Ill., for one year so she could be close to her ailing mother who had since moved to a farm near Dana, Ind.; and she was the Home Extension Advisor in Kankakee County for five years. She married Ted Read on Sept. 28, 1946, on the family farm near Dana, Ind. After the family of three children was begun, she went back to teaching Home Economics at Buckley-Loda High School and completed her career teaching Home Economics at Gilman High School for many years.
Ann is survived by son, Steven Read (Robin) of Springfield, Ill., grandsons, Andrew Read of Salt Lake City, Utah, and Matthew Read (Tracy) and great-granddaughter, Lucy of Springfield, Ill.; daughter, Marcia Sweeney (Dan) of Evergreen, Colo., and granddaughter, Lindsey Livingston (Zac) of Nederland, Colo., and great-granddaughter, Lauren Ann (born April 12, 2014), grandson, Scott Sweeney is deceased; daughter, Julia Bator (Pete) of Alsip, Ill., and grandson, Mike Bator of Chicago and granddaughter, Emily Bator of Alsip, Ill. She was "Aunt Ann" to many nieces/great-nieces and nephews/great-nephews.
As a Home Economics teacher Ann loved to sew. She sewed numerous dresses, shirts, jackets, coats, and hundreds of doll clothes for daughters and granddaughters - some will be passed on to her great-granddaughters.
Ann and Ted were hard core Scrabble players. When they moved from the Danforth farm to Piper City, they would often play Scrabble for two to three hours a day. Many a very smart grandchild would challenge their Scrabble prowess only to be soundly defeated with no mercy shown. She was able to play Scrabble two weeks prior to her death.
She and Ted were avid readers, and she was able to take advantage of the Springfield Public Library Book Mobile. Ann loved to play bridge. She and Ted were part of a bridge club/potluck group for many years, and she was a member of several bridge clubs in and around Piper City. Ann was a life-long member of the Monday Night Reading Circle and enjoyed preparing her home and the program for the circle meetings. She was a member of the Piper City United Methodist Church and served on many committees over the years. She was our family's matriarch, lived a long and robust life, and will be greatly missed.
Memorials may be made to the Piper City Library or the Piper City United Methodist Church.
Services will be held at the Piper City United Methodist Church at 10 a.m. on Tuesday, April 22, 2014, the Rev. Elizabeth Reis officiating. Burial will be at the Brenton Cemetery in Piper City. Visitation will be from 4-7 p.m. on Monday, April 21, 2014, at the Reilly-Redenius Funeral Home in Piper City and also one hour prior to the service at the church on Tuesday.
Arrangements by the Reilly-Redenius Funeral Home in Piper City. Ill. Please sign the guest book at redeniusfuneralhomes.com.