Erma "Topsy" (Hill) Farley (1929 - 2014)

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Erma "Topsy" Farley, 85, of Vandalia, passed away at 10:15 a.m. on Sunday, Dec. 28, 2014, at her home.
Services will be held at 10 a.m. on Friday at First United Methodist Church in Vandalia, with the Rev. Terry Westerfield officiating. Burial will be in Fairlawn Cemetery in Vandalia. Visitation will be held from 9 a.m. until time of services on Friday at the church. Hohlt and File Funeral Home in Vandalia was in charge of arrangements. Memorials: Evans Public Library or First United Methodist Church of Vandalia. Online condolences may be expressed at
Mrs. Farley was born on Sept. 4, 1929, in Eldorado, the daughter of Youel Gratton and Helen Pearl Spurlock Hill. She married Russel Farley on July 2, 1950, in Champaign.
She was a retired teacher of first and second grades at Washington School in the Vandalia School District, retiring in 1991, and was previously a teacher and principal at Union School in Northern Illinois. She was a member of First United Methodist Church in Vandalia.
She is survived by her husband; daughters, Linda Kelly and Cathy Silva, both of Vandalia; grandsons, Scott Kelly with Jessica Stovall of Dunwoody, Ga., Marc Kelly and his wife Michelle of Vandalia, and Anthony Silva and his wife Jennifer of Vandalia; great-grandchildren, Andrew Kelly, and Sean, Lucy and Jack Silva, all of Vandalia; and sisters, Teny Ponce of Maryville, Sue and her husband Itchy Jones of Champaign, and Rae "Bill" Cain of Eldorado.
She was preceded in death by her parents.

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Published in The Leader-Union from Dec. 29, 2014 to Jan. 7, 2015