Eloise Baxter

Eloise BaxterEloise Baxter, 95, of Rushville died at 10:30 p.m. Feb. 19, 2017, at the Jacksonville Skilled Nursing and Rehabilitation Center.

She was born May 2, 1921, in Rushville, a daughter of Glenn Ellis and Lura Settles Moore. She married Dwight Baxter on March 22, 1944, in Rushville. He preceded her in death on Oct. 21, 2014.

She also was preceded in death by one sister, Maxine Moore; and one brother, Glenn E. Moore.

Surviving are one daughter, Betty Sue Ford of Chapin; four grandchildren; and nine great-grandchildren.

After graduating from Rushville High School, she worked as a legal secretary for Bottenberg and Garrison Law Firm. She served as Deputy Schuyler County Clerk from 1942-44, was a clerk at J.C. Penney and Krauss Drug, both in Rushville, and a secretary in the Schuyler County School system for 12 years. She and her husband owned and operated the What’zit Shop in Rushville.

She was a member of First United Methodist Church. She was active in the community having served on the Schuyler County Home Bureau Board, serving as 4-H County Chairman and 4-H Leader, past member of the Culbertson Memorial Hospital Auxiliary Board, Past President and volunteer at the Schuyler Jail Museum and Genealogical Center in Rushville, Past President of the Schuyler-Brown Historical Society, Retired Senior Volunteer Program volunteer, member of the Business and Professional Women. She was the Grand Marshall for the Smiles Day in 1997 and received the Studs Terkel Humanities Service Award for community service in 2000. In 1928, as a young girl, she helped unveil the tablet in Central Park, marking the location where Abraham Lincoln spoke.

Services will be held at 10 a.m. Friday at her church in Rushville with David Haney officiating. Burial will follow in the Rushville City Cemetery. Visitation will be held from 5-8 p.m. Thursday at the Wood Funeral Home in Rushville.

Memorials may be made to First United Methodist Church or Houston United Methodist Church, both in Rushville.

Condolences may be sent to www.woodfuneralhome.online.



Published in the Astoria South Fulton Argus on 2/22/2017


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