Sunset Funeral Home and Memorial Gardens

8800 North Alpine Road, Machesney Park, IL


Ethel M. Voy

January 29, 1927November 19, 2019

Ethel Mae Smith Emert Voy, born January 29, 1927 to Mary Euphrates Wood and Clayton Celestial Smith, the second of 3 children. Predeceased in death by her parents, brothers, Harold and Robert and her husband, David Voy. She is survived by daughter, Catherine (Donald) Tarro, granddaughter, Bevin (Ryan) Olson, great-granddaughters, Madison Jones, Bailee Olson, Kayla Olson and many nephews and nieces. Ethel graduated from West High School in 1945 but her education never stopped. She was always learning and over the years pursued a variety of studies. She completed Chicago Institute of Fashion and Design, courses in upholstery, furniture refinishing, photography, public speaking, genealogy and a variety of creative writing courses. Ethel was a Jafra Cosmetic consultant and started Mareth Studio’s Photography. Always an independent thinker and free spirit, at age 20, Ethel joined the Motor Maids, a national organization of women motorcyclists in 1947. She became a Golden Life Member and continued riding into her late 70’s. She was also a founding member in the Tri-State Travelettes, Rockford Motorcyle Club and lifelong member of the AMA. She won over 125 trophies over her riding career. She was a well traveled woman, cycling hundreds of thousands of miles to all the continental states, Canada and Mexico. Ethel has her own special room at Jeff Finn’s Motorcycle Museum displaying her cycling history and other legends of the era. She took great care in presenting their biographies in word and pictures. Many newspaper and magazine articles have been written about her and by her. A funeral service will be held at 2:00 p.m., Friday, November 29, 2019 at Sunset Funeral Home, 8800 N. Alpine Rd, Machesney Park, IL 61115. A visitation will be held from 1:00 p.m. until the time of service. Entombment in Sunset Memorial Gardens.


  • She is survived by daughter, Catherine (Donald) Tarro, granddaughter, Bevin (Ryan) Olson, great-granddaughters, Madison Jones, Bailee Olson, Kayla Olson and many nephews and nieces.


  • Celebration of Life Visitation Friday, November 29, 2019
  • Celebration of Life Funeral Service Friday, November 29, 2019


Ethel M. Voy

have a memory or condolence to add?

Lou White

December 3, 2019

I would like to convey my condolences to Ethels family, friends and all that loved her. Ethel, your legacy will not be forgotten.

Lou White
Motor Maid ECN

Halle Hallal

November 25, 2019

I did not know her personally. But, the fact she was a trailblazer in the legion of sisters in motormaids ,makes her special to me. May your family find peace in her memories and love. Our golden life members are our treasures.

MM Halle Hallal
Los Angeles, CA

Lynn marie Richard

November 24, 2019

Sending sincere condolences. You and your family are in my thoughts and prayers.

Schelley Brown Francis

November 23, 2019

I never had the privilege of knowing Ethel but I know her legacy of Motorcycling will live on with the Motor Maids. It is these pioneering women that have inspired so many of us younger members of the Motor Maids to ride on. Prayers for the family.
Much Sympathy in the coming days. Schelley Francis AR/LA Motor Maid District Director

Sandra Pierce

November 23, 2019

Ethel was one of my favorite people. I stayed at her house may times. She has been missed these past years. Ride on Ethel.