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Shirley Elling

7/1/1942 - 6/7/2018

GREEN VALLEY ~ Shirley Earlene Elling, 75, of Green Valley, passed away at 5:16 p.m. Thursday, June 7, 2018 at OSF St. Francis Medical Center in Peoria.
 
Born July 1, 1942 in Irishtown to Earl and Lovenia Marie (Apple) Allen, she married Ervin John "Whitey" Elling on January 2, 1960 in Carlyle.  He survives.
 
Also surviving are one son, Michael Paul Elling of Green Valley; two daughters, Marsha Garlisch of Davenport, Iowa and Marla (Tom) Swanson of Pekin; five grandchildren, Jenna Marie (Sara) Garlisch, Allie Jo Garlisch, Austin Carter Elling, Paige Swanson and Alexandra Swanson; one sister, Luella Essington; one brother, Paul Dean Allen; and several nieces and nephews.
 
Shirley was preceded in death by her parents; two brothers, Donald Allen and Dallas Allen; and one nephew, Dallas Allen, Jr.
 
Shirley was an extremely compassionate person.  She cared deeply for others and helped them in any way she could.  She loved gardening, canning, and in earlier years, cooking. More than anything, Shirley cherished her family.  They were everything to her.  
 
Her memorial service will be at 10:30 a.m. Wednesday, June 13, 2018 at Preston-Hanley Funeral Homes & Crematory in Pekin.  Father David Whiteside will officiate.  Visitation will be from 5 to 7 p.m. Tuesday at the funeral home.  Burial will be in Green Valley Cemetery in Green Valley.
 
Memorial contributions may be given to the University of Iowa Children's Hospital at 200 Hawkins Dr. Iowa City, IA 52242.
 

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