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Marjorie Lucille Elwyn

Marjorie Lucille Elwyn


Marjorie Lucille Elwyn, 101, of Sparta, IL died December 31, 2020 at the Randolph County Care Center.  She was born in Sparta on June 5, 1919 to Thomas H. and Mary R., nee Bicket, Wilson.  She married William Elwyn on February 2, 1948; he preceded her in death on September 2, 1966.

Marjorie was a member of the Westminster Presbyterian Church in Sparta.  She was a past member of BP & W, Hospital Auxiliary, Sparta Senior Center board member, Director of Senior Center Chorus for twenty-five years, and Sparta Saddle Club.  She worked at Elwyn Cleaners.

She was preceded in death by three brothers – Edmond, Solon and T. Lesley Wilson; Five sisters – Amy McIntire, Sadie McClay, Jennie Hood, Bertha McDougal and Alberta Craig; Stepson – Rollin Elwyn.

She is survived by many nieces, great nieces, great-great nieces, nephews, great nephews and great-great nephews, step daughter in law, and three step grandchildren.

Memorial Contributions may be made to Westminster Presbyterian Church, the Sparta Senior Center or the Activity Fund at Randolph County Care Center.  Donations may be mailed to the funeral home.

Condolences to the family may be expressed at

Funeral: Graveside services will be held at Caledonia Cemetery on Monday, January 4, 2021 at 11:00 a.m.

Heil-Schuessler & Sinn Funeral Home are in charge of arrangements

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  1. Linda Boston says:

    To the family of my Beautiful friend, Marjorie Elwyn. She was the kindest, sweetest, caring person I know. She would do “ANYTHING” for anyone!!! Her and my mom, Geraldine Bosto were best friends. My mom worked at Elwyn’s Cleaners for many years. They had the best group of Ladies working there!!!! So many years ago!! Marjorie, you will be missed by all who knew and loved you.
    Love Always your friend, Linda Boston
    Quincy, Illinois

  2. Sona & Larry Hines says:

    “Aunt” Marge was truly a wonderful person.
    Enjoyed her for years in Sparta and her visits to Effingham. I will always remember he going out to the farm to shot clay pigeons with the guys.
    She was one of a kind.
    RIP Marge.

  3. Mike Moynahan says:

    I am Paul Elywin’s brother-in-law. Although I never met Marjorie, I am confident that I have seen the evidence of her positive influence in Paul’s life. I have been and continue praying that Jesus Christ will comfort and richly bless, as you have need, each friend and family member who is touched by her death. You were included in the prayers yesterday at our church service here in Paducah, KY.

  4. Karen Probst says:

    Aunt Marj, as I always heard her referred to by Jean McDougal Smith and all her family was quite a woman. She was definitely one of a kind. I don’t think there was anything she was not willing to try and nothing she wouldn’t do for her family. I have fond memories of her trips to Effingham and especially things she did like shooting clay pigeons with the guys and trying anything that anyone would mention. She will be missed and lovingly remembered by her family and many friends.

  5. Paul Barber says:

    I worked with Marge at Elwyn’s Cleaners in the late ’60s. I’ve considered her a great friend ever since. She was most kind to me and my Father who was suffering with severe dementia in his final years of life. Truly she was a joy to everyone she met and an exemplary Christian Lady.

  6. Paul wisely says:

    So sorry to see she was my neighbor sister in Oakdale Jennie Hood that’s how I met her years ago her sister Jennie was so out goimg and super people they both were very outstanding people
    My thoughts to all the family

  7. Lynn Partington says:

    If ever there was a saint on earth, it was Marge Elwyn. Her positive attitude and cheerful spirit lifted everyone who knew her. I can’t add any more than what Paul wrote. All of that was so true. It’s not often you say you will miss someone who is 101 years old, but she will be missed! I’m sure there was celebration in heaven when she arrived! Thank you, God, for letting us know Marge Elwyn.

  8. Carole Anthony says:

    I loved Marge! I have known her since I was a little girl and she and Bill were good friends of my parents, Klondis and Lucille Pirtle. I enjoyed my visits with her when she was in assisted living in Swansea (where I live) and then at RCCC. We always had such good visits talking about her and my mother. She brought joy to my life and I feel privileged to call her my friend.

  9. Judy Kinkelaar says:

    We are friends of her family here in Effingham, her niece Jean Smith and family, and we felt that we knew her through conversations about her and her life, I myself had the pleasure of visiting with her at her home in Sparta more then a few years ago. She seemed to be a very content lady and thought a lot about her family. We offer our sincere sympathy to her family and will miss hearing Jean tell us more about “Aunt Marj”

  10. Gloria Schobert says:

    Marjorie and I sang alto together in the John Brown Memorial Choir at Westminster church for years. I have fond memories of that time.

  11. Paul Elwyn says:

    Marjorie Elwyn may have been one of the oldest residents at the Randolph County Care Center, but even at the age of 101 she was one of the most active with a vibrant personality, engaging humor and relentlessly positive attitude. 

    Marjorie was a model of what God envisions for us. She prospered as one who served others, even from her she rolled throughout the care center doing what she had done throughout her life. She was that bright spot for others who needed uplifting, the listener, the comforter, the quiet, positive influence. In her 80’s she drove the “old people” to appointments, served for years at the senior center and was a strong advocate for assisted living in Sparta, becoming one of the first residents in the new Cedarhurst facility. 

    From her window at Randolph County Care Center, she enjoyed watching families in the park, the same area where many years ago she entertained my brother, sister and me. We knew she was special, and we’ll miss her. 

    Paul Elwyn

    • Carol Pirtle says:

      What a wonderful tribute, Paul. We so enjoyed visiting with her at both Cedarhurst and RCCC. She was a wonderful friend to my mother when she moved to Sparta from Decatur, and she was a longtime friend of my mother-in-law. She will be missed by both of us! Carol & Konnie

    • Larry McGuire says:

      My sincerest sympathies. It sounds as though you have many fond memories to comfort you in this time of sorrow. She was a good person.

    • Rebecca Nagel says:

      With a heavy heart I send your family my deepest condolences.Marjorie held a very special place within my family and I have such fond memories of her as I was growing up.please know that my thoughts and prayers are with you at this time .Always Becky

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