Carmen Elkin

MACOMB - Carmen Covey Elkin, 84, of Macomb, Ill., passed away at 12:16 a.m. Tuesday, Nov. 12, 2013, at the Elms Nursing Home.

She was born Dec. 15, 1928, in Jacksonville, Ill., to Howard and Thelma (Clark) Covey. She married Robert E. Elkin in Jacksonville, Ill., on Aug. 2, 1953. He preceded her in death on Feb. 6, 1986.

She is survived by three children, Herbert (Jane) Elkin of Annapolis, Md., Judith (Edward) Phelan of Macomb, Ill., and Edmund (Nancy) Elkin of St. Charles, Ill.; three granddaughters, Kimberly Alice (Derek) Rice, Julia Elkin and Caroline Elkin; one great-grandson, Mason Rice; and one sister, Janet (Bob) Meier of Charleston, Ill.

She was preceded in death by her parents; her husband; two sisters, Barbara Covey, in infancy, and Mary Ellen Satterfield; and one brother, Charles Covey.

Mrs. Elkin attended MacMurray College in Jacksonville and graduated from the University of Illinois, earning BS and MS degrees in music education, with emphasis in piano and organ.

For over 40 years, she played the organ in five different church communities. She taught numerous piano students for over 50 years, many from the Macomb area.

She was a member of Chapter K, P.E.O.; the First Presbyterian Church of Macomb; American Guild of Organists (AGO); and XXMD.

Carmen enjoyed spending time composing, playing and listening to music. She also dedicated time each day to her second passion, tapestry hooking.

Funeral services will be held at 11 a.m. Monday, Nov. 18, 2013, at the First Presbyterian Church of Macomb, where there will be a time of visitation one hour prior to the service. The Rev. Kathryn Stoner-LaSala will officiate. Visitation will also be held Sunday, Nov. 17, 2013, from 2 until 4 p.m. at the Dodsworth-Piper-Wallen Funeral Home, where Father Thomas Szydlik will lead a prayer service at 4 p.m. Cremation rites will be accorded following funeral services. Burial of ashes will be held privately in Forest Lawn Memory Gardens Cemetery of Macomb.

Memorial contributions can be made to the American Guild of Organists (AGO), the Elms Nursing Home or to the McDonough District Hospital Hospice Program.

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Funeral Home

Dodsworth-Piper-Wallen Funeral Home - Macomb
201 West Carroll St  Macomb, IL 61455
(309) 833-4119

Published in Peoria Journal Star on Nov. 16, 2013