Mildred Helen Elder (83) of Trilla


Published on June 14 2013 10:36 am

Mildred Helen Elder, 83, of Trilla, Illinois, passed away at 4 a.m. Thursday, June 13, 2013, in Aspen Creek of Effingham, Illinois.

Helen was born December 30, 1929, in Cumberland County, Illinois the daughter of Henry and Myrtle (Day) Shobe. She married James Edward Elder, October 20, 1945, in Tuscola, Illinois, and James passed away November 29, 2008.  Helen was a former employee of Kern Manufacturing of Neoga, Ampad Company of Mattoon, Illinois and she retired from General Electric Company of Mattoon, Illinois after 25 years. She was a former member of the Eagles Club of Mattoon, and a former member of the Camping Club.

Helen leaves two daughters, Donna (husband Roger) Trog of Mattoon and Sue (husband Jerry) Drummond of rural Toledo; two sisters, Margaret Orsborn of Mattoon and Evelyn McArthur of Charleston; one sister-in-law, Katherine Shobe of Casey; four granddaughters, Holly (husband Ben) Morgan of Kansas, Amanda (husband Keith) Bryant of Charleston, Christina (husband Frank) Kallal of Godfrey and Amber (husband Josh) Waterman of Neoga and 12 great-grandchildren.

Mrs. Elder was preceded in death by her Parents; husband, James E. Elder, one daughter, Lori Ann Elder, one Brother, Kenneth Shobe, one sister, Ruth Horath; one son-in-law, John Cole; two brother -in-laws, Harry Orsborn and Andy McArthur. Memorials may be made to the donors choice.

Funeral services will be held at  2:00 P.M., Sunday, June 16, 2013, in the Swengel-O’Dell Funeral Home of Neoga, IL with the Rev. James Maroon of Neoga, officiating. Visitation will be held from 6:00 P.M., to 8:00 P.M., Saturday, June 15, 2013, in the Funeral Home. Burial will be in the Beals Cemetery, Trilla, Illinois.  condolences may be expressed at