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Sunday February 10th, 2019

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Eloise Meneese

“But those who wait upon the Lord shall renew their strength; they shall mount up with wings as eagles, they shall run and not be weary, they shall walk and not faint.”

Isaiah 40:31

This is the story of Eloise Meneese.  She passed away on Sunday, September 29, 2019.  Eloise was a wonderful woman who was loved and will always be cherished and missed.  Our Grandma, Nana and Mom-Eloise, as her 13 grandchildren lovingly called her, was an amazing wife, mom, daughter, sister and aunt.  After several rough days, she held on until her beloved St. Louis Cardinals had clinched another division title.

Eloise’s story began on September 4, 1926 in Herrin.  She was the youngest of three children born to Eva and Gobel Matheny.  At the age of seven, her father passed away and the family relocated to Crab Orchard where she spent the rest of her childhood and made many life-long friends.

On January 5, 1946, Eloise married Paul Eugene Meneese and together they shared 39 years of marriage until his death on April 22, 1985. 

Eloise was employed by Maytag (Norge) in Herrin for 37 years.  She was a long-standing member of Scottsboro Baptist Church in Marion and a life long St. Louis Cardinal fan.

Those left to cherish her memory include:


Phyllis Hosmon (Harold) of Marion

David Paul Meneese (Judy) of Carterville

Jennifer Tidwell (Drue) of Champaign

Stephan Meneese (Debra) of Marion

JoEllen Atwood (Gordon) of Marion

Gayla Hug (Bernie) of Bradenton, FL


Dana Weese (Randy) of Morris

Scot Robert Meneese of Channahon

Michael W. Hosmon (Christina) of Marion

Casey Hosmon (Barbie) of Herrin

David L. Meneese (Shannon) of Herrin

Chuck Tidwell (Katie) of Fishers, IN

Jonathon Meneese (Natalia) of Grapevine, TX

Joshua Meneese (Ashley) of Chicago

Ranie Verby (Doug) of St. Louis, MO

Ellie Perez (Jonathon) of New York, NY

Joseph Atwood of Berkley, CA

Chandler Gregory of Bradenton, FL

18 great grandchildren and two great-great grandchildren

Several nieces and nephews

Eloise is preceded in death by her parents; husband; son, Samuel Raleigh Meneese; sister, Lenora McDonald; brother, Dean Matheny and granddaughter, Taylor BrieAnne Gregory.

Funeral services will be held on Wednesday, October 2, 2019 at 12pm at Blue Funeral Home in Marion with Rev. Mike Hood officiating.  Burial will follow at Rose Hill Cemetery.  Visitation will be on Wednesday from 10am until the time of service at the funeral home.

In lieu of flowers, donations can be made to the Scottsboro Baptist Church Building Fund or Hospice of Southern Illinois and will be accepted at the funeral home.

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Steve & Debbie, my heart aches for your loss but celebrates your Moms celebration of a good life leaving a large family as a testament to the live she brought to this world. I only live about 5 miles from Grapevine, TX and Im happy one of your sons found his way here! Blessings and prayers for you all. Angie

Angie (Bush) Newhouse Oct 17 2019 2:00 AM

I did no know that she had passed. So sorry for your loss. My love and prayers to the family. Remember her working at Norge many years ago. She was a great person. She will be missed by Alan and Rosemary Baker.

Rosemary Baker Oct 13 2019 3:15 AM

Such a sweet, precious lady. I was blessed to have known her. She did love those Cardinals! And often was seen when out and about carrying her St Louis Cardinal bag. Such a faithful follower of Christ.

Tamara Collard Oct 3 2019 5:42 PM

A wonderful and loving aunt that always put others needs ahead of her own.

Ron & Martha Matheny Oct 1 2019 11:49 PM

Wonderful lady. I remember you all from our days as neighbors. She was a little less than one month older than my mom. Fly high and enjoy eternity in paradise.

Gary Stephens Oct 1 2019 9:46 PM

Such a beautiful lady, inside and out. We are really going to miss her.

Mike and Laura Hood Oct 1 2019 7:59 PM