|Ellen M. Harshbarger, 83, of 1350 Knox Rd 600E, Galesburg died at 1:28 p.m. Thursday September 16, 2010 in Knox County Nursing Home.
She was born May 20, 1927 in Galesburg the daughter of Harry A. and Emma A. Carlson Wadhams. She first married George R. Saylor on December 10, 1949. He preceded her in death on November 14, 1973. She later married Wayne L. Harshbarger in Altona, Ill. on April 5, 1981. He preceded her in death on December 28, 1999.
Surviving are two sons, Tracy (Jane) Saylor of Altona and Roger Saylor of Abingdon; three step sons, Michael Harshbarger of Eugene, Ore., Brian (Sharon) Harshbarger of Redwood Valley, Calif. and Scott (Nina) Harshbarger of Galesburg; three step daughters, Janis (Tom) Wooldridge of Galesburg, Nancy (Jim) Hodierne of Dahinda, Ill., and Karen (Kirk) Berg of Galesburg; four brothers, Russell L. (Opal) Wadhams and Donald (Bonnie) Wadhams, both of New Windsor, Ill., LaVerne (Verla) Wadhams of Bettendorf, Iowa, and Willard (Twila) Wadhams of Danville, Ill.; three sisters, Marian (Claude) Reffett of Altona, Harriett (Leland) Peterson of Woodhull, Ill. and Beverly (Gary) Cook of Grinnell, Iowa; a sister-in-law, Velma Wadham of Aledo, 21 grandchildren, and 16 great grandchildren. She is preceded in death by her parents, her husbands, a daughter, Shirley at birth, a brother, Melvin and a step son, Steven Harshbarger in October 2004.
Ellen graduated from Galesburg High School in 1945. She lived her life as a homemaker. She was a very energetic, hardworking person. Ellen also worked for various people doing housework. She was a member of the Grace Lutheran Church in Knoxville, where she was a member of WELCA and the church choir. She also had been a member of the Immanuel Lutheran Church in Altona, where she had been a member of the Criterion Club.
Funeral service will be 10 a.m. Tuesday, September 21, 2010 at Grace Lutheran Church, Knoxville. The Rev. Michel Clark will officiate. Visitation will be 5 to 7 p.m. Monday at Hinchliff-Pearson-West Galesburg Chapel. Burial will be in Henderson Grove Cemetery. Memorials may be made to the Grace Lutheran Church. Online condolences may be made at www.h-p-w.com.