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Davison-Fulton Woodland Chapel & Parkview Cemetery

2021 North University Street, Peoria, IL

OBITUARY

Melva Eilleen Gordon

January 27, 1941November 28, 2019
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Melva Eilleen Gordon, 78, of Peoria passed away peacefully, with her family by her side, at 2:50 pm Thursday, November 28, 2019 at OSF St. Francis Medical Center.

She was born January 27, 1941 in Princeton, Indiana the daughter of Mr. Elmer Walter and Mrs. Mabel E. Freeman Tolliver. She married Mr. Sherald H. Gordon on August 17, 1967.

She is survived by her husband of fifty-two years; one sister, Mrs. Eleanor T. (Albert) Wylie of Peoria; two nieces, Ms. Staci R. Wylie of Downers Grove, IL and Mrs. Donnette Anitra “Missy" (Albert, Jr.) Brass of Shorewood, IL; one nephew Mr. Donald F. (Jacqueline) Griffin of Millbrook, AL and a host of nieces, nephews and cousins.

Eilleen is preceded in death by her parents and a sister-in-law, Mrs. Amelia Ruth Griffin. Eilleen spent her early years in Paris, IL before moving to Mount Vernon, IL in 1951 and to Peoria, IL in 1955 where she attended Manual (Training) High School, graduating in 1958.

She received a Bachelor of Arts in Elementary Education in 1962 and a Master of Education in 1968 from Bradley University.

Eilleen's entire teaching career of 47 years was spent in Peoria Public Schools. Her first teaching assignment was in 2nd grade at McKinley Grade School in 1962. She spent most of her teaching years as a 1st grade teacher at Thomas Jefferson School, retiring in 2009. She was a member of the Illinois Federation of Teachers.

Eilleen enjoyed crossword puzzles and watching "Wheel of Fortune". She was a keen card player, spending many Sunday evenings playing "Kings in the Corner" with family. She loved traveling with her husband. Vancouver, Canada was a favorite destination.

Funeral services will be 2:00 pm Friday, December 6, 2019 at Davison-Fulton Woodland Chapel. Visitation will be one hour prior to services. Rev. Samuel Duren will officiate. Entombment will be in Chapel of Peace.

Memorials may be made to the American Cancer Society.

To view Eilleen’s memorial page or to leave an online condolence please go to www.davison-fulton.com.

  • FAMILY

  • Mr. Elmer Walter and Mrs. Mabel E. (Freeman) Tolliver, Parents
  • Mr. Sherald H. Gordon, Husband
  • Mrs. Eleanor T. (Albert) Wylie, Sister
  • Ms Staci R. Wylie, Niece
  • Mrs. Donnette Anitra "Missy" (Albert, Jr.) Brass, Niece
  • Mr. Donald F. (Jacqueline) Griffin, Nephew
  • Eilleen also has a host of nieces, nephews and cousins.
    Eilleen is preceded in death by her parents and a sister-in-law, Mrs. Amelia Ruth Griffin.
  • DONATIONS

  • American Cancer Society

Services

  • Visitation Friday, December 6, 2019
  • Funeral Services Friday, December 6, 2019
  • Entombment Friday, December 6, 2019

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Michael Thurman

December 4, 2019

Mrs Gordon was my first grade teacher. Im sure i was a handful, but she was so patient and caring. GREAT Teachers really impact our lives in positive ways. My condolences

Christina Alwan Miller

December 4, 2019

I’m so sad to hear of Mrs Gordon’s passing. She was my 1st grade teacher at Thomas Jefferson! I have very fond memories of her. Thoughts and prayers to her family.

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