Eloise Hankins

Obituary of Eloise Hankins

Jewel Eloise Hankins passed away peacefully surrounded by family at St. John’s Hospital in Springfield, IL on January 30, 2018.   

She was born on May 8, 1930 at home in Waverly, IL, the daughter of Arthur and Trela Hayes Turner of Waverly, IL and married Gordon K. Hankins of Waverly on July 18, 1948 at the First Methodist Church in Waverly. 

Eloise is survived by her husband, Gordon; three children, a son Van (wife, Kathy) Hankins of Waverly, IL, and two daughters Alice (husband, Dan) Magner of Burbank, CA, and Andrea (husband, John) Ruedi of Champaign, IL; and a brother, Harlan Turner of St. Peters, MO.  She is also survived by five grandchildren, Travis (wife Hannah) McGee of Bluffs, IL; Tiffani McGee of Decatur, IL; Chris (wife Abby) Ruedi of Champaign, IL; Chris Hankins of Waverly, IL.; and Sean (wife Jenny) Magner of Ewa Beach, HI.  Also surviving are five great-grandchildren, Hannah McGee and Kirstin McGee of Jacksonville, IL; Izabel Pender of Decatur, IL; Bryce Leake of Bluffs, IL, and Jaxon Short of Decatur IL.  She was preceded in death by her grandparents, Bart and Caddie Turner of Modesto, IL and James and Viola Hayes of Scottville, IL; her parents; and brother, Lyndell Turner.

Eloise attended grade school at Sciota School in Morgan County and Waverly High School in Waverly, IL, graduating in 1948. She, and her husband farmed east of Waverly their entire lives. She was a 60+ year member of the James Caldwell Chapter of the Daughters of American Revolution, a 60+ year member of the Morgan County Extension Service, 50+ member of Eastern Star Lodge #329, serving as Worthy Matron eight times, and Sangamon County Home Extension member.  Eloise was a wonderful organist and pianist who served at the Waverly Baptist Church for over 50 years, playing at church services and weddings, and also was requested to play at numerous funerals in the community.  She was a Sunday school teacher and 4H leader for many years, and in later years was active in the Franklin-Waverly Military Support Group assembling packages for area U.S. service men and women.  She and her husband attended numerous Waverly schools sporting events over the years and were the 2012 co-recipients of the Wayne Crank Award for their outstanding examples of good sportsmanship and dedicated loyalty to Waverly High School athletics.  They were also the Grand Marshalls of the Waverly Picnic parade in 2012.

Funeral services will be 1 p.m. Saturday (February 3, 2018) at Neece-Airsman-Hires Funeral Home in Waverly, Il.  Burial will be in Waverly East Cemetery. Visitation will be held 4 p.m. to 7 p.m. Friday at the funeral home with Eastern Star Services to be held at 7 p.m.  Memorials may be made to Waverly Rescue Squad or Waverly American Legion Post c/o  Neece-Airsman-Hires Funeral Home, 349 Tanner, Waverly, Il. 62692.  Condolences may be sent to the family online at www.airsman-hires.com.