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Obituary: Eilers

Phyllis A. Eilers, 91 of Fairbury, died at 10:28pm, Tuesday, May 18, 2021 at Fairview Haven Retirement Community, Fairbury.

Funeral will be held at 11:00am, Saturday, May 22, 2021 at Trinity Lutheran Church, Fairbury with Pastor James Rients officiating. Burial will take place at 3:00pm that afternoon at Lyman Twp. Cemetery, Roberts. Visitation will be from 9:00-11:00am also at the church prior to the funeral. Memorials may be directed to Trinity Lutheran Church, Fairbury.

Mrs. Eilers was born on September 21, 1929 in Roberts, a daughter of Henry and Lillian Repp Garrelts. They preceded her in death. She married Arthur E. Smith on October 6, 1951 in Roberts. He preceded her in death on December 13, 1989. She later married Paul E. Eilers on December 1, 1991. He preceded her in death on June 25, 1995.

Survivors include her son, Kevin (Heather) Smith of Oreana, IL; five grandchildren, Bryan Meredith, Mattthew Smith, Trevor Smith, Emma McConnell and Avery Smith; and one brother, Weldon Garrelts.

She was also preceded in death by her daughter, Kay Lynn Derossett, four brothers and one sister.

Phyllis was a member of Trinity Lutheran Church, Fairbury where she was a long-time choir member, Silver League, American Legion Auxiliary and was a member of the Prairiettes. She was also awarded the Fairbury Citizen of the Year in 2014.

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