Eleanor A. Devall (94) of Effingham


Published on December 6 2012 4:52 pm

Eleanor Ann Loy Devall, 94, of Effingham, passed away at 10:10 a.m. Thursday, December 6, 2012, at Lakeland Rehabilitation & Health Care Center, Effingham, IL.

Funeral services will be held at 2:00 p.m. Saturday, December 8, 2012, at Centenary United Methodist Church in Effingham, with Dr. Joe Scheets officiating. Burial will be in Oak Ridge Cemetery in Effingham. Visitation will be held from noon to 2:00 p.m. Saturday at the church before the services. Johnson Funeral Home in Effingham is in charge of arrangements. Memorials donations may be made to Centenary United Methodist Church in Effingham. Online condolences may be left at www.johnsonandsonsfh.com

Eleanor was born on July 20, 1918 in Effingham, IL, the youngest child of Clark M. and Anna (Behrens) Loy. She married Noble F. Devall on March 30, 1944 in Effingham, and he preceded her in death on August 6, 1989. Eleanor was a 1941 graduate of the University of Illinois in Urbana and taught English at Teutopolis High School from 1966-1984. She was a lifelong member of Centenary United Methodist Church in Effingham, was president of the United Methodist Women, and served on many of the governing boards of the church. She was the church organist for many years. Eleanor was also a fifty-year plus member of Chapter FA of P.E.O. Effingham, serving as president three times. She was a member of the local chapter of DAR and also a member of FISH, delivering Meals on Wheels and driving as needed in the area for twelve years. Also included in her many activities were the Effingham Ladies Reading Circle, the local garden club, the Community Concert Board, and the United Way Board.

Eleanor is survived by her three children, Nancy (Bill) Reynolds of Marco Island, FL, David A. (Penny) Devall of Champaign, and Robert K. “Bob” (Debbie) Devall of Effingham. She also leaves nine grandchildren, Brock (Amy) Reynolds, Scott (Michelle) Reynolds, David A. Devall Jr., Michael Devall, Barbara (Scott) Coonrod, MSgt Robert (Meghan) Devall, Theresa (Scott) Jensen, Matt Devall, Mark Devall; and six greatgrandchildren, Braeden Devall, Preston Reynolds, Shaling Reynolds, Cooper Reynolds, Chase Reynolds, and Lucas Jensen.

She was preceded in death by her parents; husband, Noble; brother, Robert K. Loy; sister,
Dorothy Hedgcock; and 2 infant siblings.