Alice Abell, 83, long-time resident of Champaign, beloved mother, grandmother, sister, and friend, passed peacefully on March 30 at home with family. Her funeral service will be held at 11:00 a.m. on Saturday, April 4, at the First United Methodist Church, 210 West Church St., Champaign, with Rev. Tom Corum officiating…read more
Alice Abell, 83, long-time resident of Champaign, beloved mother, grandmother, sister, and friend, passed peacefully on March 30 at home with family. Her funeral service will be held at 11:00 a.m. on Saturday, April 4, at the First United Methodist Church, 210 West Church St., Champaign, with Rev. Tom Corum officiating. Visitation, also at the church, will begin at 9:30 a.m.
Alice Jean Wonders was born on March 11, 1932, in Blackstone, IL. She was one of 11 children born to Edward Earl and Leona Legare Wonders. Together with her six sisters, Alice was one of what the family playfully called the “seven wonders of the world.” She graduated from Streator High School in 1950, attended Illinois State Normal University (now ISU) from 1950-52, and taught elementary school in Sunbury Township. On June 7, 1953, she married Peter Lee Abell, Jr., who preceded her in death in 2006. Also preceding her in death were her parents, an infant son, one brother, and one sister.
Surviving Alice are her four daughters, Ellen Abell (spouse,Thomas Rigell), Cathy Mitchell (spouse, Ted), Julie Hodge, and Susan Diefenbach (spouse, Richard); six grandchildren (Catherine Mitchell Purcell, Melanie Mitchell, James Mitchell, Sarah Hodge Groue, Elizabeth Diefenbach Schneider, and Benjamin Diefenbach) and one step-grandchild (Cassie Hodge); five step-great-grandchildren and one great-grandchild; five sisters , three brothers, and many nieces and nephews.
Alice completed her teaching certification in elementary education after re-admittance to ISU from 1973-74. Upon graduating, she worked as a substitute teacher for the Champaign School District until being hired to teach a mixed 1st-2nd grade class at Dr. Howard. She later taught 1st grade classes at Franklin and Columbia elementary schools before retiring in 1995.
A member of the First United Methodist Church of Champaign, Alice participated in a range of activities and service groups there and in other faith-related community services. Memorial contributions can be made to the First United Methodist Church of Champaign, or Austin’s Place—both at 210 West Church St., Champaign, 61820—or to Empty Tomb, 301 N. 4th Street, Champaign, 61820.
Morgan Memorial Home 1304 Regency Drive West, Savoy is in charge of arrangements.hide
Date: Saturday, April 4, 2015
Time: 09:30 am
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