CHAMPAIGN – Elaine T. Dyer, residing at the Champaign County Nursing Home, formerly of Camargo, Champaign and Chicago, passed away Wednesday (Feb. 6, 2013) at Carle Foundation Hospital in Urbana.
Funeral Mass will be at 10:30 a.m. Friday at St. Matthew Catholic Church in Champaign. A visitation will be held from 9:30 to 10:30 a.m. Friday at the church. Burial will be in Woodlawn Cemetery in Urbana.
Elaine was born Nov. 15, 1929, the daughter of Harold J. Schloer and Betty L. (Daugherty) Schloer in Chicago. She married Donald Dyer on Oct. 3, 1953, in Chicago. He preceded her in death on Dec. 4, 2012.
Survivors include daughter, the Rev. Sandra L. Hire of Camargo; stepson, Rodney O. Dyer of Aspen, Colo.; granddaughter, Cheryl (Corey) Kilgore of Allerton; granddaughter, Pamela (Jeffrey) Kneller of Urbana; grandson, Thomas W. Hire of Camargo; seven great-grandchildren; and one great-great-grandson.
She was preceded in death by her parents, her stepmother Wanda Schloer and a stepsister.
Elaine was a registered nurse. She graduated from North Park College in Chicago in 1947. She graduated from Lutheran Deaconess Hospital School of Nursing in Chicago in 1953. She received her nursing license from the State of Illinois on Dec. 17, 1953.
She worked for Carle Foundation Hospital as a registered nurse mainly in obstetrics and in the nursery. She also worked in the education department.
After she retired in 1993, she volunteered her time in the Carle Auxiliary and was president of the auxiliary for a time.
She loved to read, to bowl, to play cards and to do crafts. She was a good cook and a great friend. She was a loving mother, grandmother and great-grandmother. She loved God and loved taking care of people. She had a nurse's heart.
She was a member of St. Matthew Catholic Parish.
Memorials can be made to the Alzheimer's Association through the Alzheimer's Support Group at the Camargo United Methodist Church or to St. Matthew Catholic Parish in Champaign.