Patricia Ann Essington, 86, of Cabery, passed away Saturday (March 9, 2019) at Miller Healthcare and Rehabilitation Center in Kankakee.
She was born May 30, 1932, in Paxton, the daughter of Richard and Leta Wilson Strebeck. Patricia married Gordon Essington on Jan. 23, 1954, at Kankakee Presbyterian Church.
Patricia was the director of volunteer services at the Illinois Veterans Home at Manteno. She was the former state president of the Ladies Auxilliary of VFW Post 2857, as well as a former youth group president at the Presbyterian Church and a Senior Girl Scout leader.
Her life revolved around her children and grandchildren, but she also enjoyed flower gardening and baking – especially hot fudge – and she enjoyed helping people, especially veterans. She single-handedly raised enough money for a park and tennis court to be built in Cabery. Today, it still is the only park in the small town.
Surviving are her husband, Gordon Essington, of Cabery; two daughters, Cindy (Bridget) Bertrand-Essington, of Bourbonnais, and Sarah (Ron) Scully, of Elgin; her siblings, Grace, Susie, Richard, Fred and Georgie; and five grandchildren, Rachel, Dane, Ryann, Tiernan and Kyle; along with many nieces and nephews.
She was preceded in death by her parents; three brothers, Robert, Charles and Larry; and a sister-in-law, Avis Schultz.
Cremation rites have been accorded.
A memorial visitation will be from 10 a.m. Friday, March 15, until the noon memorial service at Schreffler Funeral Homes, Kankakee Chapel. Inurnment will be in Abraham Lincoln National Cemetery in Elwood.
Memorials may be made to the Alzheimer’s Association.
Please sign her online guestbook at schrefflerfuneralhomes.com.