Elaine <I>Williams</I> Needham

Elaine Williams Needham

Sycamore, DeKalb County, Illinois, USA
Death 25 Jul 2006 (aged 87)
Kane County, Illinois, USA
Burial Kaneville, Kane County, Illinois, USA
Plot Lot 79.5 New Addition
Memorial ID 15298730 · View Source
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Elaine Needham, was born November 25, 1918, Sycamore, IL, the eldest daughter of the Rev. Carlton and Amelia (Clarke) Williams. Her family made their home for a time in Kaneville, IL where Elaine graduated from high school in 1936, and went on to attend business college.

On May 21, 1939, Elaine married her high school sweetheart, Gordon Needham, the village blacksmith. Elaine became the backbone of the family and the business in many ways. She served her community as town clerk and as phone and radio dispatcher for the fire department for many years. Elaine's personal ministry, however, was in food and flowers, hugs and helping hands. Flowers from her garden showed up regularly all over town. Her freezer was full of garden goods and sweet things stored "on ice" so that she could respond in a moment to the news of anyone in need.

At the famed "Needham's Woods", Elaine and Gordon opened their doors to countless friends and community events; from scout groups and church groups to impromptu pot-luck dinners, pancake breakfasts and chili suppers that fed over one hundred friends. As grandchildren and then great grandchildren arrived, Elaine took them out to the woods and also for rides to the Purple Store in her garden cart. She also made baby blankets and afghans for each and every one.

Following Gordon's death in 2000, Elaine bravely began a new chapter in her life. Soon, she herself was diagnosed with pancreatic cancer and at 84, endured "whipple surgery". After that miracle, there was no keeping Elaine in the garden! Invigorated with energy and inspired with spirit, Elaine had a true joy for life and shared it with hugs wherever she went.

Elaine spent a life-time at the Kaneville Methodist Church and in more recent years, also attended Grace Fellowship with her daughter and son-in-law. Elaine's deep faith could be traced like a silver lining through all the hills and valleys of her life, even when her cancer returned in 2005. After months of treatments and complications, the clouds parted at last for Elaine and the afternoon sun shone down on her garden. As it came to pass, Tuesday afternoon, July 25, 2006, her Savior met her just a few steps from that garden where she spent so many hours with Him.

She now leaves four daughters, Debra (Darrell) Anderson of White Lake, MI, Jeanette (Roger) Wampach of Kaneville, Martha (Ernie) Baldridge of Kaneville, and Carmen (John) Knuth of Beecher, IL; one daughter-in-law, Sharon (Kenneth) DeArvil of Oregon, IL; thirteen grandchildren and twenty great-grandchildren; one brother, Wayne (Ora Mae) Williams; two sisters, Irene (Ted) Ulferts, and
Carol (Russ) Ellis. Numerous cousins, nieces and nephews and a community of friends.

She joins now her beloved husband, Gordon; her son, George; one brother, James and two sisters, Ella Mae Pankey and Leona Williams, who preceded her in death.

Visitation will be held Friday, July 28, at the Kaneville United Methodist Church from 3-8pm and continue at church on Saturday from noon until 1:30pm. Her funeral service will follow at 2pm and conclude with committal services at the Kaneville Cemetery. The Rev. Jason Turner, pastor of the Kaneville United Methodist Church will officiate together with the Rev. David Haidle, pastor of Grace Fellowship, Troxel.

In lieu of sending flowers to the funeral, please share a special gift of flowers, food, hugs and smiles as Elaine did. For those wishing to share a monetary gift, a traditional memorial has been established in her name to benefit the Kaneville Fire Department, the Kaneville United Methodist Church and Grace Fellowship, as well as other community charities. Checks may be made to the Elaine Needham Memorial and mailed in care of P.O. Box 66, Elburn, IL 60119. Tributes and memories may also be forwarded to the family at the same address or through www.conleycare.com.

Published Aurora Beacon News, Aurora IL 7-27-06

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