Ellie Gloria Funk passed away on Saturday, Aug. 31, at her home in Vandalia.
An open house will be held from 1-3 p.m. this Saturday at Ellie's home for anyone who would like to share any memories or stories. Memorials: Vandalia Lions Club. Miller Funeral Home was in charge of arrangements. Online condolences may be shared at www.millerfh.net.
Mrs. Funk was born on May 4, 1929, the daughter of Anna and David Forbes.
She was a lifelong resident of Fayette County, growing up on the river bottom of the Kaskaskia River.
Ellie was many things in her life, including loving daughter, sister, friend, wife, mom, grandma and great-grandma; worm rancher; and mushroom hunter extraordinaire.
Ellie met the love of her life, Don Funk, at the tender age of 14. when she was a waitress. They were lifelong sweethearts and built the home of their dreams on Lake Vandalia.
Ellie was a Brownie Scout leader and worked at the shoe factory. For more than 30 years, she worked at Crane Packing, often taking the very early morning shifts. She worked hard most all of her life, while also knowing how to relax on the dock where she would fish. She was a big cat lover and provided many neighborhood kids with kittens to play with. Her very favorite thing in life though may have been spoiling her four grandchildren and six great-grandchildren.
She is survived by her daughters, Kay Holt and Judy O'Mara; grandchildren, Kim Braun, Alyssa McCluskey, Kellie Adams and Stephen O'Mara; and great-grandchildren, Parker, Joshua, Preston, Mackenzie, Jameson and Summer.
She was preceded in death by her parents; sisters, Betty Stombaugh, Lodell Stoneburner and twin sister Nellie; brothers, Floyd and Gilford; and her husband.