Phyllis Eleanor (Springman) McElheney (1924 - 2017)

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Phyllis Eleanor Springman McElheney was born on Oct. 7, 1924, in Loudon Township of Fayette County in rural Brownstown, passing away on Nov. 27, 2017.
A service celebrating her life will be held from 2-4 p.m. on Saturday at the St. Elmo S.H.E.D. Memorials: Liberty Cemetery, 1449 E. 2400 Ave., Brownstown, Ill. 62418.
Phyllis was the daughter of Frank and Maude Workman Springman, living in rural Brownstown until 2001, when she moved to Snyder Retirement Village in Metamora, then to Bickford ndaySenior Living of Peoria and next to Apostolic Christian Nursing Home in Roanoke, Ill.
She married Raymond McElheney on June 5, 1948, in Springfield. They had four children: Roger McElheney (Rickie) of Centralia, Rosalyn Sample (David) of Goleta, Calif., Arlene Lynch (David) of Peoria and Revis McElheney (Anna) of Alpine, Wyo. She also had seven grandchildren and nine great-grandchildren: Rickell Bello (Andres) and children Olivia and Gabriel of San Antonio, Texas; Renae Jennings (Doug) and children Damon and Devan of Iuka; Ben Sample (Teresa) and children Kyra, Kayla and Raylan of Goleta, Calif.; Dale Sample of Ogden, Utah; Alicia East (Joseph) and children Selma Joy and Thomas of Fayetteville, Ga.; Kindra Lynch of Vancouver, Wash.; and Kamy Shasteen (Jake) of Dubuque, Iowa.
Phyllis was actively involved in her community, including serving as Lake Land Community College board member and secretary, president of Citizens for Just Taxation of Fayette County, treasurer for Fayette County Homemakers U of I Extension Council, commissioner of Big Creek Drainage District, member of Mid-Kaskaskia River Basin Coalition, vice president of the Brownstown Band Boosters, 4-H Leader and host for 4-H Teen Caravanners and International Foreign Youth Exchange students.
Phyllis, a lifelong farmer, had a great love for her family, the outdoors, nature and the land. Her favorite activities included helping others, quilting, embroidering and gardening.
She was preceded in death by her brothers and sisters, Thurman, Mildred, George, Madge, Bertrice, Frank, Madonna and MaryBelle. Sister Iris Hall survives her.
Published in The Leader-Union from Dec. 5 to Dec. 13, 2017