CHARLESTON -- Charlotte Parker Hillyer, 90, of Charleston, IL passed away on Monday, Oct 22nd peacefully at her daughter's home in Johnson City, TN. She was active and enjoying her life until an aggressive cancer took her life in 4 short months.
Charlotte was born October 13, 1928 in Delta, Colorado daughter of the late Charles and Edith Parker. In addition to her parents, she was also preceded in death by her husband, Harold Hillyer, brother Harry Parker and sister Judi Parker.
She is survived by her sister, Catharine Zins of Grand Junction, CO; brother-in-law, Howard Hillyer of Pittsburgh, PA: daughters, Suzanne Grzych and husband Frank of Johnson City, TN; Deborah Drake and husband Donald of Charleston, IL; Dianne Lee and husband Daniel of Morrison, CO; 3 grandchildren and 5 great-grandchildren.
Charlotte graduated from Delta High School in 1946. On Sept 5, 1948 she married Harold at the Presbyterian Church in Delta, Colorado. She helped support her husband as he received his undergraduate and master's degrees. They lived in several states until they settled in Charleston, Illinois in 1972 where Charlotte called home for 45 years. Charlotte was a loving mother to her three daughters, listened and supported those she knew and always had a smile on her face.
Charlotte was very active in Charleston and so enjoyed her family and many wonderful friends. She was a member of the Immanuel Lutheran Church, attending Sunday services and bible study regularly and a member of Young at Heart and president of Ladies' Aid. She enjoyed playing bridge, was a member and past President of P.E.O. and participated in many activities with friends. She also was a seamstress and made clothes for family for many years.
Charlotte wanted to thank her dear friends for sending loving and prayerful cards. Each one helped to make her day. And wow, did she receive many cards!
The family requests the honor of your presence as we remember and celebrate the life of Charlotte on Saturday, Nov 3rd at 10am at the Immanuel Lutheran Church in Charleston, IL with lunch afterwards provided by the church. In lieu of flowers, Charlotte requests any donations to go to the Immanuel Lutheran Church.