Edna M. Alsip, age 90 years, a resident of Vienna, passed away Thursday evening, September 21, 2017, at 11:42 PM at Hillview Health Care Center in Vienna.
Edna was born December 19, 1926 in Johnson County Illinois. She was the daughter of John Ozzo “J.O.” Evans and Essie (Harris) Evans.
On July 27, 1946, Edna was united in marriage to Lee Alsip in Vienna. He preceded her in death on February 19, 1976.
Edna is survived by: her children – Ron (Debbie) Alsip of The Villages, Florida, Joyce (Jim) Kimmel of Vienna, Richard (Janet) Alsip of Vienna, Mary (Kenneth) Bartley of Dongola; 13 grandchildren – Julie (Paul) Nicks of Jackson, Tennessee, David (Emily) Alsip of Hanson, Kentucky, Brad (Astrid) Alsip of Langevaag, Norway, Chad (Laura) Alsip of Tunnel Hill, Tad (Monica) Alsip of Streamwood, Andrew (Jennifer) Kimmel, Tommy Kimmel, Jennifer (Dan) Akridge, Amy Alsip all residing in Vienna, Levi (Katie) Harris, Clay (Katie) Harris all residing in Dongola, Kendra (Sean) Wolters of Edwardsville, and Drew (Brittany) Bartley of St. Peters, Missouri; 14 great grandchildren; a sister-in-law – Ann Evans of Vienna; as well as cousins, nieces, nephews, other relatives and a host of special friends.
In addition to her parents and husband, Edna was preceded in death by: a son – Jim Alsip, a daughter-in-law – Sharon Alsip and a brother – Everett Evans.
Edna attended the Johnson County Public School system and received her Certified Nurse’s Aide (C.N.A.) training through Shawnee Community College. Edna was a homemaker and for many years was employed by TIP of Illinois Home Health Care Service as a nurse’s aide. Following her retirement, Edna continued her vocation as a private in-home health care aide and continued working into her 80s.
Edna was very active in many fraternal, community and benevolent organizations. She had held a plural membership and was Past Worthy Matron of both Banner Chapter # 614 and Egyptian Chapter # 30 Order of the Eastern Star as well as being a member and current Worthy Matron of Anna Star Chapter # 522 Order of the Eastern Star. From 1997-1999, Edna served as the Grand Representative of Puerto Rico in Illinois for the Illinois O.E.S. Grand Chapter. Edna was a member and Past Worthy High Priestess of the Metropolis Shrine # 89, Marie Shrine # 12 in Paducah, Kentucky, and Dorcas Shrine # 61 in Marion, Illinois, Order of the White Shrine of Jerusalem. She was a life member and Past Royal Matron of the former Queen Christiana Court # 13 Order of Amaranth in Paducah, Kentucky as well as a member of the Minnie Selby Court # 3 Order of Amaranth in Elizabethtown, Kentucky. Edna was also a member and Past Noble Grand of the Rebekah Lodge # 28 in Metropolis as well as being a life member of the Rebekah Lodge in Harrisburg. She was a member of Everett V. Miller Southern Illinois Patron’s Club. Edna was a longtime member of the Vienna Lion’s Club and the Harry Sullins American Legion Post ladies auxiliary. Edna also is remembered for her tireless dedication and devotion to many worthy community causes. She volunteered countless hours at “Faith Alive,” the Vienna Area Christian Ministerial Alliance Thrift Store, as well as the Vienna First Baptist Church food pantry, and helping with resident activities at the Hillview Health Care Center.
Edna enjoyed collecting and was especially fond of collecting teapots. She is fondly remembered for her love of spending time with family and friends and for her wonderful cooking. Edna was widely known for her wonderful chicken and dumplings.
A service honoring the life of Edna M. Alsip will be conducted Tuesday morning, September 26, 2017, at 11 AM at Bailey Funeral Home in Vienna. Dr. Ed Hollis and Pastor Jay Franklin will officiate. Burial will be in the Berea Cemetery, southeast of Vienna.
Visitation will be held Monday evening, September 25, 2017, from 5 PM – 8 PM at Bailey Funeral Home in Vienna. Eastern Star rites will be accorded at 8 PM Monday evening.
Memorials may be made to the Berea Cemetery Fund, c/o Tony Mathis, 2096 Westview Road, Belknap, Illinois 62908.