OBITUARY

Ethel Jean Elledge

January 9, 1943July 21, 2018
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Ethel Jean (Wyatt) Elledge, 75, of Springfield died Saturday, July 21, 2018, at Memorial Medical Center, following a lengthy battle with bile duct cancer. She had survived breast cancer in 2007.

She was born January 9, 1943, in Blytheville, Arkansas. She was a 1966 graduate of Arkansas State University. She retired in 2003 following a 23-year teaching career with District 186, primarily at Lanphier High School. One of her most rewarding experiences was providing academic instruction for pregnant teenagers housed at St. Monica’s Home in Springfield.

On June 29, 1963, she married Larry F. Elledge at First Methodist Church in Blytheville, Arkansas. He survives.

Also surviving are three daughters: Selena Elledge (Lee Williams), of Springfield; Amber Kozhukalo (Eugene), of Issaquah, Washington; and Nicole Pond (Adam), also of Issaquah; a grand-daughter, Ruby Pond, also of Issaquah; and a brother, Richard H. “Dick” Wyatt, of Little Rock, Arkansas. She was preceded in death by her parents William H. and Mary Grace Wyatt, and older brother, William V. “Bill” Wyatt.

She was a 42-year resident of Springfield. She was an avid bridge and trivial pursuit player and taught bridge at Lincoln Land Community College. She especially loved her visits with her grand-daughter. She also enjoyed reading mystery novels, traveling to lighthouse sites, and her annual winter trips to the Alabama and Florida gulf coast.

Visitation is Friday between 4:00 p.m. and 7:00 p.m. A Celebration of Life will be held Saturday at 3:00 p.m. Both will be held at Bisch Funeral Home, 2931 S. Koke Mill Road. Memorial contributions may be made to: Simmons Cancer Institute Infusion Unit (link to: www.siumed.edu/foundation/ways-give.html), Southern Illinois University School of Medicine.

Please visit the online “Life Remembered Story” at www.bischfuneralhomewest.com where tributes and condolences may be left for the family.

  • FAMILY

  • Larry Elledge, Husband
  • Also surviving are three daughters: Selena Elledge (Lee Williams), of Springfield; Amber Kozhukalo (Eugene), of Issaquah, Washington; and Nicole Pond (Adam), also of Issaquah; a grand-daughter, Ruby Pond, also of Issaquah; and a brother, Richard H. “Dick” Wyatt, of Little Rock, Arkansas. She was preceded in death by her parents William H. and Mary Grace Wyatt, and older brother, William V. “Bill” Wyatt.
  • DONATIONS

  • Simmons Cancer Institute Infusion Unit, Southern Illinois University School of Medicine

Services

  • Memorial Visitation Friday, July 27, 2018
  • Celebration of Life Saturday, July 28, 2018
REMEMBERING

Ethel Jean Elledge

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Willis Forrester

September 9, 2018

My deepest sympathies to the Elledge family. We were together at Arkansas State.

Nancy Whitt

July 25, 2018

We played clarinet in the band. She was gifted and was with the first chairs. I sat by her in 9th grade algebra. She was smart and helped me figure out what time those trains would meet in obscure word problems. I was an Air Force brat, and she had a way of being friendly to an outsider. I left Blytheville during my junior year of high school, but I have never forgotten Ethel Jean.

Beverly Smythe Holdren

July 25, 2018

Growing up in Blytheville in the fifties was a wonderful small town experience. There were a lot of close friends who I'll never forget. Ethel Jean was one of the nicest in my memories. Smart, clever, and kind come to mind first. I moved from town before gradation but my Blytheville memories are the best of my youth. Many fun girl parties etc. It's wonderful to read of her successful life. My prayers to her family and friends for their comfort. Sincerely, Beverly Smythe Holdren

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Biography

Ethel Jean (Wyatt) Elledge, 75, of Springfield died Saturday, July 21, 2018, at Memorial Medical Center, following a lengthy battle with bile duct cancer. She had survived breast cancer in 2007.

She was born January 9, 1943, in Blytheville, Arkansas. She was a 1966 graduate of Arkansas State University. She retired in 2003 following a 23-year teaching career with District 186, primarily at Lanphier High School. One of her most rewarding experiences was providing academic instruction for pregnant teenagers housed at St. Monica’s Home in Springfield.

On June 29, 1963, she married Larry F. Elledge at First Methodist Church in Blytheville, Arkansas. He survives.

Also surviving are three daughters: Selena Elledge (Lee Williams), of Springfield; Amber Kozhukalo (Eugene), of Issaquah, Washington; and Nicole Pond (Adam), also of Issaquah; a grand-daughter, Ruby Pond, also of Issaquah; and a brother, Richard H. “Dick” Wyatt, of Little Rock, Arkansas. She was preceded in death by her parents William H. and Mary Grace Wyatt, and older brother, William V. “Bill” Wyatt.

She was a 42-year resident of Springfield. She was an avid bridge and trivial pursuit player and taught bridge at Lincoln Land Community College. She especially loved her visits with her grand-daughter. She also enjoyed reading mystery novels, traveling to lighthouse sites, and her annual winter trips to the Alabama and Florida gulf coast.

Visitation is Friday between 4:00 p.m. and 7:00 p.m. A Celebration of Life will be held Saturday at 3:00 p.m. Both will be held at Bisch Funeral Home, 2931 S. Koke Mill Road. Memorial contributions may be made to: Simmons Cancer Institute Infusion Unit (link to: www.siumed.edu/foundation/ways-give.html), Southern Illinois University School of Medicine.

Please visit the online “Life Remembered Story” at www.bischfuneralhomewest.com where tributes and condolences may be left for the family.