Edna Jane Sheldon


Edna Jane Sheldon, 96, of Springfield, passed away Monday July 21, 2014 at Memorial Medical Center.

Edna was born Dec. 11, 1917 in Foosland, IL. the daughter of Ollin R. and Mae M. Entwistle Allen. She married Rev. Harold S. Sheldon June 24, 1957 and he preceded her in death in 2003.

She was a 1935 graduate of Springfield High School where she was a member of the National Honor Society. She enlisted in the U.S. Navy in January of 1943 and served in Washington D.C. as a typist-stenographer for the Joint Chiefs of Staff. She was a Braille transcriber at the National Braille Press and attended the Christiansen Choral School master course in choral direction. She was a member of Laurel United Methodist Church where she organized and ran the church library. Edna loved church, reading, quilting, knitting and sewing.

She is survived by her daughter, Kathryn L. Hodges(Scott) of Stonington; son, Paul A. Sheldon of Langleyville; grandchildren, Amy Scrimpsher (Tony) of Paxton, Rusty Hodges(Danielle) of Decatur,Mike Pollock of Decatur,: great grandchildren, Cody, Anthony and Kandi Scrimpsher, Skylar, Dylan and Jazzmine Hodges; nieces, Janet Younger (Bob), Marcia Luken (Chuck) and cousins, Elaine Turkcan and Stan Sheldon.

Friends may call Thursday July 24, 2014 from 4 to 7:00 PM at Laurel United Methodist Church, Springfield. Additional visitation will be on Friday July 25, 2014 from 10:00 AM until the time of services at 11:00 AM at the church with Rev. Kent Lolling officiating. Following the services a meal will be served at the church with interment to follow at Bethel Baptist Cemetery, Edinburg. Memorial gifts may be made to the National Federation for the Blind. Boardman-Smith Funeral Chapel is in charge of arrangements (www.boardman-smith.com).