PEORIA - Eileen M. Frye, 86, of Peoria died at 2:14 a.m. Thursday, May 28, 2009, at Proctor Hospital.
She was born May 27, 1923, in Peoria, the daughter of Louis E. and Agnes M. McGann Kauffman. She married Willard M. Frye in 1946. He preceded her in death, along with one brother-in-law, Bill Willoughby.
She is survived by two sons, Steve (Regenia Hein) Frye and Richard (Sheila) Frye, both of Bartonville; two daughters, Mary E. (Dan) Meyer of Peoria and Ann (Jim) Barborinas of Mount Vernon, Wash.; 11 grandchildren, Ryan Frye of Tipp City, Ohio, Adam (Nicole) Frye of Swartz Creek, Mich., Stephanie Frye (Rob Geddes) of Cambridge, Mass., Kevin (Megan) Frye of Hanna City, Dana Frye of Peoria, Erica (Grant) Abenroth of Peoria, Emily Burwell of Peoria, Elizabeth (Blake) Webb of Brimfield, Erin (Ryan) Schatsiek of Washington, Ill., Lisa (Joel) Liefke of Langley, Wash., and Zachary (Adele) Barborinas of Mount Vernon, Wash.; 10 great-grandchildren, Austin, Elena and Lucy Frye, Caroline, Jacob and Anna Abenroth, Alec and Eliana Burwell, and Travis Webb and Kaeden Schatsiek; and one sister, Jean Willoughby of Tucson, Ariz.
She was a graduate of the Academy of Our Lady and attended OSF Saint Francis Hospital School of Nursing.
Mrs. Frye and her husband were secretary and manager of the Illinois Angus Association in the late 1950s and 1960s.
Mrs. Frye was a part of Expo Gardens and the Heart of Illinois Fair for 40 years, 30 years of which she served as general manager. She was a member of several fair-oriented associations, including the International Association of Fairs and Expositions, where she served as a director for four years; Midwest Fairs Association, serving as president; Outdoor Amusement Business; International Entertainment Association; attained certified fair executive status in 1982; National Independent Concessionaires Association; and Illinois Association of Agriculture Fairs, where she was honored by Gov. Thompson as Fair Person of the Year in 1988, and a Friend of Illinois County Fairs in 2003.
Visitation will be from 4 to 7 p.m. Sunday, May 31, 2009, at Wright & Salmon Mortuary. Cremation rites have been accorded. Private burial of ashes will be in St. Mary's Cemetery in West Peoria.
Memorial contributions may be made to Friendship House or Peoria Notre Dame High School.
Tributes and condolences may be submitted to www.wrightandsalmon.com.