|Birth: ||Dec. 19, 1921|
|Death: ||Dec. 21, 2007|
Ethel May Baxter Belote, 86, 550 East Carl Sandburg Drive, Apartment 130, Galesburg, Illinois formerly of Knoxville, Illinois died at 8:15 A.M. on Friday, December 21, 2007 at OSF St. Mary Medical Center Emergency Room in Galesburg, Illinois.
She was born in Jacksonville, Illinois on December 19, 1921, the daughter of Earl W. and Kathryn Davies Baxter. She married L. Everett Belote on December 8, 1943 at her parents' rural home east of Jacksonville and achieved their 64th anniversary. He survives her. They have two sons, Mike (Joni) Belote of Morrisville, Vermont and James (Patty) Belote of Decatur, Illinois. She is also survived by four grandchildren, Jeffry, Eric, Elizabeth and Todd (Shelly) as well as two great-grandsons, Jace and Ryan. She was preceded in death by her parents and a brother, James Baxter.
Ethel completed grade school in the one-room schools of Morgan County. She graduated from Jacksonville High School and Western Illinois State Teachers College (now Western Illinois University). She taught home economics in high schools at Viola and Murrayville, Illinois and served as Home Advisor (later called University of Illinois Extension Agent) in Green County.
She was a current member of the Knoxville United Methodist Church and previous member of PEO and MI Club. She was active in Church activities, including United Methodist Women's work, in the various communities in which the family resided over the years. While living in Big Rapids, Michigan and Decatur, Illinois she enjoyed entertaining groups for meals in the home. After moving to Knoxville in 1977, she continued to serve meals in the home and enjoyed the MI Club. She served as a volunteer at the Knox County Nursing Home for ten years. She was gracious about relocating the family residence many times due to her husband's employment, the current residence being number 20.
In 1991, she and Everett moved to Winter Haven, Florida and returned to Knoxville in 2000. For several years they traveled, mostly by motor home, to all the States in the US, including a six month trip to Alaska on the 50th anniversary of the Alcan Highway. Following Ethel's partial loss of mobility, in June of 2007 they moved from Knoxville to an apartment at Seminary Estates, Galesburg, Illinois.
The funeral will be at 2:00 P.M. on Wednesday, January 2, 2008 at Hurd-Hendricks Funeral Home in Knoxville, Illinois. Rev. Robert Herath officiating. Visitation will be the hour prior to service. Burial will be in Antioch Cemetery, east of Jacksonville at 1:30 P.M. on Thursday, January 3, 2008.
Memorials may be made to the Knoxville United Methodist Church, 303 South Broad Street, Knoxville, IL 61448.
Created by: Jeanette
Record added: Jan 05, 2008
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