|Edna I. Carlson, 78, of rural Monmouth, died 7:05 AM Saturday, October 02, 2010, at Cottage Hospital, Galesburg.
She was born May 13, 1932 in rural Lenox Township, Warren County, IL, where she lived all but 5 years of her life. She was the daughter of Samuel and Laura (Work) Phelps. Edna was raised and educated in Warren County, attending Hillis School and graduating from Monmouth High School in 1950.
Edna married Gerald L. Carlson at the Phelps home, rural Monmouth on August 22, 1953 and he preceded her in death on February 12, 2008.
She loved growing up on a farm, working on the farm and being a farm wife. Edna and Gerald farmed their entire married life together. She had worked at Ray Johnson Automotive, Monmouth Implement, and Community Memorial Hospital and drove a school bus for Warren School District.
Edna enjoyed gardening, her fish pond and raising rabbits. Both Edna and Gerald chaired the food operations at the grandstand of the Warren County Prime Beef Festival for 19 years. They also mowed several local yard and tilled many gardens.
She was a member of the Fairview United Methodist Church.
Her family includes two daughters, Judy Carlson of Monmouth and Nancy Carlson of Galesburg; 4 sisters, Jean (Roy) Edwards of Oskaloosa, IA, Marge Powers of Mt. Morris, IL, Carolyn Phelps of Rantoul, IL and Margaret "Peg" (Alfred) Noakes of East Moline, IL; 2 sister in laws, Marjorie Phelps and Glennis Eyler both of Monmouth; 1 brother in law, Lester (Connie) Carlson of Oneida; dear and loyal companions, Bella and Haley; dear friend, Boua Miller of Monmouth; many nieces and nephews.
She was preceded in death by her parents, husband, one brother, David Phelps
Funeral services will be 10:30 Thurs. October 7, 2010 at the Fairview United Methodist Church with Rev. Gabriel Wanck officiating. Burial will be in Lenox-Union Cemetery. Friends may call Wed. Oct 6, 2010 at Hoover-Hall Memorial Chapel, Monmouth where her family will be present from 5:00-7:00 P.M. Memorials may be left for the Fairview United Methodist Church or the Western Illinois Animal Rescue.
Online condolences may left at hooverhall.com.