Emelie A. Diller, 89, lifelong resident of Decatur, IL passed away on February 6, 2011.
A service to celebrate Emelie’s life will be held at 2:00 p.m. on Friday (Feb. 11, 2011) at Dawson & Wikoff West Wood Street Funeral Home. Visitation will be from 12:00-2:00 p.m. on Friday. Burial will be in Fairlawn Cemetery. Memorial contributions may be directed to the Senior Citizens Center. Messages of condolence may be sent to the family at www.dawson-wikoff.com.
She was a retired, longtime draftsperson of the Illinois Power Company where she worked as the only woman for many years. Emelie was the loving youngest daughter of her parents, Hulda and Alfred Diller, caring for them until their passing. She was an active member for years of her Sunday school class at First Baptist Church and sang in the choir. Auntie Em amassed a mantel of tennis trophies during her youth and played some for Millikin University. She loved the outdoors, the sun, flowers and animals. Neighborhood birds came to her yard for food. Thanks to the Heartland staff and to Dale and Judy Lock for their help and care of Emelie in her later years.
She was a devoted aunt of Lois (Ron Ernst) and Marilyn of her late brother Walter, of Judy (Bob) Shierlock, Doug (Sandy), and Scott (Cindy) of her late brother Alfred. Great and great-great aunt of their children. Emelie passed only months after her sister Winifred.
February 18, 2011
I have known Emelie since before I can remember. She was friends with my parents, Lucille & Vernon Crow. She lived across the street from me and I spent quite a bit of time at her house when I was small. She was always so good to me and patient with me. I fondly remember the beautiful Easter eggs she would paint and decorate the outside of her house with. She had so many talents. Emelie and I remained friends and I visited with her shortly before I left on vacation on Feb. 5th. Something told me to go see her that day and I am so glad I did. I was so saddened to learn of her death upon my return and that I had missed her service. We have lost a great lady and you, her family, have my deepest sympathies. I hope you find comfort in the fact that she is happy and at peace now.
From a Friend
February 11, 2011
News of her death saddened me and brought many memories to mind of working with
Emilie in the Engineering Dept at Illinois Power. We were often "lunch mates" and shared
breaks . We shared family stories and I was aware of how very much she loved and respected her family. She was truly everybodies friend, and many of the draftsmen called her "Auntie Em"
especially when she brought fresh baked goods in to them.
She was kind enough to hand-letter place-cards for a Rehearsal Dinner I arranged when my son
was married and refused to accept anything in return for the hours she spent on doing about 30
of them. She befriended me in so many ways.
I regret so much that I lost touch with Emelie and wish I would have had a chance to see her
to share this reverie in person. So I will send this note to you her family, remembering what
a lovely lady she was and how lucky I was to know her for a while.