Earline C. Bowlin, 87, of Prescott, Ariz., formerly of Mt. Vernon, passed away peacefully at home, surrounded by her family at 2:38 p.m. Saturday, May 4, 2013.
She was born Monday, Feb. 22, 1926, in Spring Garden Township, Jefferson County, the daughter of Earl and Ferba (Willis) Carroll. She married Harley Bowlin, Jr. on Oct. 28, 1945, in Sesser, and he preceded her in death on May 5, 2006.
Earline worked at the Mt. Vernon Shoe Factory until retiring and she was a lifetime member of Wesley United Methodist Church in Mt. Vernon and participated in many activities there. She loved shopping, diamonds, eating at Red Lobster, Elvis, gospel music and her favorite color was purple. She recently moved to Prescott, Ariz. To be closer to her family.
She is survived by son, Russell L. Bowlin and wife Susan of Prescott Valley, Ariz.; daughters, Lana McWilliams and husband Andre of Phoenix and Carole Taft of Tempe, Ariz.; sister, Freda Dodson and husband Jim of Mt. Vernon; brother, Wayne Carroll of Neoga; grandchildren, Penny Platt and Todd Gaskins, Christopher Reichenbacher and wife Jennifer, Shane and Lee Reichenbacher, Wade Bowlin and Christine Crawford, Kevin Austin and James Bailey, Kris Austin and wife Charity, Truman Tucker III and wife Mandy, Deryke Tucker, Sr. and Michelle Wells and husband Paul; great-grandchildren, Erica and Brandon Boyer, Brieanna, Holden, Alexis, Maci, Connor and Nichole Reichenbacher, Paul Wells, Jr. and Savannah Wells, Truman Tucker IV, Trumaine, Nevah and Trumarion Tucker and Deryke Tucker, Jr., Alex and Alexiana Tucker; great-great-grandchildren, Zein, Xavier, Lillie, Jamison and Makai Boyer and Reese Austin; and several nieces, nephews, family and friends who love her dearly. She also leaves behind her Shih tzu “Kandi Koko”, who was her constant companion and motivational driving passion that kept her active for the last five years.
She was preceded in death by her parents; her husband; a brother, Kenneth Carroll; sisters, Bernadette Carroll, Rosella Fowler and Doris Pickett; and a grandson, Jordan McWilliams.
Funeral service will be held at 1:30 today at Hughey Funeral Home in Mt. Vernon with the Rev. Paul Widicus officiating. Interment will be at Kirk Cemetery in Ina.
Visitation will be held from noon until the time of service at 1:30 today at Hughey Funeral Home in Mt. Vernon.
For those who wish, memorials may be given to Wesley United Methodist Church and will be accepted at the funeral home or mailed to Hughey Funeral Home, P.O. Box 721, Mt. Vernon, IL 62864.
Arrangements have been entrusted to the care of Hughey Funeral Home where you may call 242-3348 or visit www.hugheyfuneralhome1969.com for further information and to send condolences.