Earlene Wallace, 61, of Rushville, passed away at 12:40 AM, Wednesday, December 2, 2015, at Culbertson Memorial Hospital in Rushville.
She was born on January 1, 1954, in Chandlerville, the daughter of Earl and Patricia (Reed) Williams. She married Stan Lee Wallace on January 14, 1972 in Chandlerville and he survives.
Also surviving are three children Erika Coleman of Jacksonville, Matthew Wallace and wife Amanda of Virginia, and Nathan Wallace of Rushville, four grandchildren Cheyanne Jockisch, Cash Coleman, Wyatt Wallace and Whalen Wallace, her parents Earl and Patricia Williams of Chandlerville, two brothers Mark Williams and wife Kelly and Ted Williams and wife Vickie all of Chandlerville, mother-in-law Marie Wallace of Rushville, and several nieces and nephews. She was preceded in death by a grandchild M.J. Wallace.
Earlene was a 1972 graduate of Chandlerville High School. She graduated from Passavant Nursing School in Jacksonville. While attending nursing school, she worked as an aide at Culbertson Memorial Hospital in Rushville. She began her Registered Nursing career with McDonough District Hospital in Macomb, where she worked for 18 years. She then worked 2 years as an RN for Cass-Schuyler Area Hospice. She then worked at Passavant Hospital in Jacksonville until March of 2015, retiring due to health issues. She felt that nursing was her calling and was willing to help anyone in need.
She was a member of the Rushville Free Methodist Church and the Illinois Nurses Association. She enjoyed many activities including reading, cooking, trap shooting, riding motorcycles, traveling, attending auctions and antiquing. She was known for her roses. Her greatest joys were her grandchildren and attending Cheyanne’s volleyball games.
Services will be at 10:00 AM, Saturday, December 5, 2015, at the Rushville Free Methodist Church with Pastor Greg Fish officiating. Interment will follow in the Rushville City Cemetery. Visitation will be from 5:00 PM to 7:00 PM Friday, December 4, 2015, at the Wood Funeral Home in Rushville. Memorials are suggested to the Rushville Free Methodist Church, the Free Methodist Campground or Hope Blooms.