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Eleanore V. Ramsey

Eleanore Virginia Barrett Edwards Ramsey, 91, Mt. Morris, peacefully passed away on Sunday, April 14, 2013, surrounded by her three daughters.  

She was born in Evanston on July 25, 1921, to Louise Barrett Edwards (Oct. 21, 1898 - June 26, 1962) and William Norman Edwards (Nov. 5, 1895 - April 6, 1957).  

She attended Earlham College, class of 1943, and married Arthur Decatur Ramsey, Memphis, Tenn., on Jan. 16, 1943 in Spokane, Wash.  

She was a 16th generation descendant of Stephen Hopkins of the Mayflower.  

Eleanore had a charismatic personality and impacted many lives through philanthropic organizations both state and local such as the Illinois General Federation of Women’s Clubs, PEO, Ogle County Home Extension, Ogle County Republican Woman’s Club, and State Board of Girl Scouts of the USA.

Eleanore is survived by her brother, William Norman Edwards; her eldest daughter, also named Eleanore Edwards Ramsey and her husband Dr. Andrew Thomas Nadell, San Francisco, Calif.; her daughters, Janet Louise First and her husband Donald Keith First, Dowagiac, Mich., and  Dorothy Rupprecht and her husband Kurt Hans Rupprecht, Rockford; five grandchildren and five great-grandchildren.  

Eleanore was preceded in death by her husband Arthur (May 31, 1915-Dec. 31, 2002); her sister, Dorothy Louise Randall (June 2, 1920-Jan. 1, 1995); and daughter, Joanne (1946-1951).

The funeral service will be held on Thursday, April 18 at 10:30 a.m. at Disciples United Methodist Church, 102 Maple Ave., Mt. Morris; with Pastor Doc Newcomb officiating.

Cremation rites were accorded.  Burial will be at Memorial Park Cemetery, Skokie.

Visitation was scheduled for Wednesday, April 17 from 5 to 7 p.m. at the church.

In lieu of flowers, a memorial will be established.

Arrangements were completed by Genandt Funeral Home, 602 N. Elida St., Winnebago.

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