EFFINGHAM — Eleanor L. Means, 83, of Effingham, passed away Sunday, Sept. 27, 2020, at Heartland Senior Living in Neoga, after an extended illness. She taught elementary grade school for 44 …
EFFINGHAM — Eleanor L. Means, 83, of Effingham, passed away Sunday, Sept. 27, 2020, at Heartland Senior Living in Neoga, after an extended illness. She taught elementary grade school for 44 years before retiring.
A private family funeral service is Thursday, Oct. 1, at Johnson Funeral Home. Burial follows in Arborcrest Memorial Park. There will be no public visitation due to health concerns.
Mrs. Means was born on July 6, 1937, in Effingham County, the first child of the late Carl and Hellen Webb.
She is survived by her two brothers, Elwood (Nelda) Webb and Paul (Carolyn) Webb, both of Effingham; niece, Ellyn (David) Holmes of Springfield, Ore.; and nephews, Buck (Mindy) Webb of Springfield and Dr. Travis Webb of Milwaukee, Wis.; and several great-nieces, great-nephews, and cousins whom she cherished.
She was preceded in death by her niece, Lori Webb.
Mrs. Means attended Effingham schools and then earned graduate and postgraduate degrees from Eastern Illinois University. Most of her teaching career was in Chrisman, but she also taught at East Side School in Effingham during the early 1960s.
As a lifetime educator, she developed lasting friendships with parents, children and co-workers. Those relationships were cultivated with hundreds, probably thousands, of cards and letters both sent and received by her. She enjoyed her many years in Chrisman following the progress of her students through high school and college. Taking day trips with friends and summer trips with the Edgar County Farm Bureau group enriched her, and she often related tales of that chapter of her life.
Mrs. Means was a lifelong and active Methodist. She led youth groups, played the piano and sang in the choir where needed. Her final membership was with the Shumway United Methodist Church. She also held memberships in the IEA, NEA and the Edgar County Farm Bureau.
Memorial donations may be made to Shumway United Methodist Church, Chrisman United Methodist Church or a charity of the donor’s choice.
Online condolences at www.johnsonandsonsfh.com.