Sharleen L. Meredith
Sharleen L. Meredith, 86, of Marion, Ill., passed away peacefully on Saturday, May 31, 2014, at home with her husband at her side.
Sharleen was born July 26, 1927, in Aurora, to Harold N. and Mildred J. (Sorensen) Sharp. On Aug. 17, 1945, she married Leslie Meredith in Elburn, and celebrated 68 years together.
She is survived by her husband, Leslie; one son and daughter-in-law, Greg and Linda Meredith of Carbondale, Ill.; three daughters, Linda (Dan) Long of Maple Park, Gail (Randy) Jones of Marion and Lori (Lynn) Martin of Evansville, Ind.; along with 11 grandchildren and 17 great-grandchildren.
She was preceded in death by her parents and one grandson.
Sharleen devoted her entire life to her family and being a farm wife in both Elburn and Marion. While living in Elburn, she was one of very few women at that time to receive her private pilot’s license. Les and Sharleen moved to Marion in June 1972.
Sharleen’s faith played a very important part in her life in both Northern and Southern Illinois. Throughout the years, she taught Sunday school, helped with youth groups, sang in choirs, played in a bell choir, sat on various boards, and always helped in the kitchen until she was physically unable. In 2013, she was bestowed the honor of being named Mother of the Year at Zion United Church of Christ in Marion. She and her mother, Mildred Sharp, are currently the only mother/daughter couple to have each received this award, as Mildred received it in 1997.
Sharleen enjoyed travelling with Les, whether it was to a livestock sale, overseas to visit relatives or seeing the sights of the United States. She and Les encouraged their children to travel, and participated in the AFS Exchange Program in both sending two of their daughters abroad with the program to Australia and Malaysia, and hosting an AFS daughter from New Zealand. Additionally, they hosted many short-term AFS students.
After moving to Marion and raising her family, Sharleen spent much of her time assisting her son at the new Meredith Funeral Home in Marion, along with babysitting grandchildren and taking care of her mother.
In her later years, she enjoyed walking to stay fit. Through this activity, she is remembered by her neighbors as having a smile on her face and greeting everyone with a big, friendly wave. Everyone was always welcome in her house for a laugh and good conversation. She will be missed by all of her family and friends, but is at peace with the Lord and still watches over everyone as she sings joyously with the angels.
A celebration of her life was held Wednesday at the Zion United Church of Christ; Pastor John Holst officiated. Interment was held in New Rose Hill Cemetery following the service. Visitation was held Tuesday at Zion United Church of Christ. Memorials may be made to Zion United Church of Christ Memorial Fund or Hospice of Southern Illinois. Envelopes will be available at the church.
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