Edith (Phillips) Greer, 89, of Champaign, formerly of Fisher, died Sunday, Jan. 14, 2018, at Champaign Urbana Nursing and Rehab in Savoy, surrounded by her daughters.
Funeral services will be at 2:30 p.m. Saturday, Jan. 20, at Zion Hill Missionary Baptist Church, with the Rev. Kyle Emery officiating. Burial will follow in Zion Hill Cemetery.
Visitation will be from noon-2:30 p.m. Saturday at the church.
Sutherland-Garnier Funeral Home, Centralia, is in charge of arrangements.
Mrs. Greer was born Jan. 4, 1929, in rural Centralia, the sixth child of Sevearn and Della (Snider) Phillips. She married Joe Greer June 6, 1950, at Zion Hill Baptist Church, rural Centralia, and he preceded her in death Jan. 16, 2015.
Mrs. Greer is survived by her three daughters, Karen Bourne (Marshall) of Argenta, Mary Jo Wheatley of Champaign and Jane Greer of St. Joseph; adopted daughters, Jennifer Nigg and daughter Megan of Champaign and Barbara Babb of St. Joseph; six grandchildren, Chad Wheatley (Kristin) of Arnold, Mo., Matthew Bourne (Amanda) of Whitestown, Ind., Jason Wheatley (Megan) of St. Joseph, A.J. Bourne and Lisa Shreffler of Monticello and Jackson and Kennedy Greer of St. Joseph; four great-grandchildren.
Also surviving are her sisters-in-law, Bonnie Phillips and Frieda Phillips of Centralia, Joyce Phillips of Oswego and Barbara Phillips of Salem. Mrs. Greer also leaves a cherished church family at the Zion Hill Baptist Church.
She was also preceded in death by her parents; a sister, Helen Rose (Phillips) Richardson (Raymond; six brothers, John Phillips (Ruth), Vernon "Tag" Phillips (Ruby), Sevearn L. Phillips Jr., Richard H. Phillips, Dr. Tom Phillips and Jerry Phillips.
Mrs. Greer lived most of her life in Centralia. She attended Zion Hill Grade School and graduated with the class of 1947 from Centralia Township High School. She made a profession of faith and was baptized at the Zion Hill Baptist church June 23, 1940. Her church remained the utmost importance in her life. She served Zion Hill as a Sunday school teacher, clerk and many other positions. Upon her death, she had been the longest serving member of the church.
While living in Fisher for 18 years, she found her love for fabric and worked at Factory Fabrics in Fisher. Being known as a master seamstress, upon returning to Centralia in 1981, she had owned and operated Greer’s Factory Fabrics. She worked at Kelly’s for the Occasion doing alterations and sewing bridal gowns. In her later years she operated the Nimble Thimble from her home. She was matriarch of the "Jolly Quilters Club."
Memorials may be made in lieu of other expressions of sympathy to the Zion Hill Baptist Church or to the Zion Hill Cemetery.
Online condolences may be made to the family by visiting www.sutherlandfuneralhome.com.