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Doris A. Latimer

Posted: Tuesday, Oct 15th, 2013

MENDOTA - Doris Ethelyn Latimer, 87, of Stonecroft Retirement Community Village in Mendota formerly of rural Earlville, died Oct. 7, 2013 at OSF St. Francis Medical Center in Peoria.

Memorial services were held at 11 a.m. on Oct. 12 at Paw Paw Presbyterian Church in Paw Paw with Reverend Dr. Anne Hoflen officiating. Following the service, a luncheon was held at the Paw Paw Community Building. Graveside services took place after lunch at Precinct Cemetery in Earlville. Visitation was from 10 a.m. until the time of service at the church.

Mrs. Latimer was born June 26, 1926 in Horton, Kan. to Ernest and Bernice (Hoffman) Cornell. She married William Thomas Latimer on Aug. 21, 1949 at Grandview Christian Church in Kansas City, Kan.

Survivors include her husband of Mendota; four daughters, Carol Marie (Richard) Wax of Fairfax Station, Va., Susan Jane (Albert) White of Nashville, N.C., Sandra Jean Latimer of Chicago and Nancy Anne (Gary) Chemelewski of Colleyville, Texas; 11 grandchildren, Katharine (Raymond) Sherman, David (Ann) Wax, Andrew (Leah) Wax, Jason (Kristine) Phillippe, Steven (Jennifer) Phillippe, Kevin Phillippe, Adam (Raquel) Labotka, Matthew Labotka and Lori Labotka, William (Katharine) Chemelewski and Robert Chemelewski; one step-grandchild, Chris White; 19 great grandchildren; one great great grandchild; and one sister, Emma Christine (Vernon) Green of Olathe, Kan.

She was preceded in death by her parents; one sister, Juanita Grace Connelly; and one brother, Ernest Eugene Cornell.

Mrs. Latimer attended Phillips University in Enid, Okla. for two years and served the Presbyterian Church in various roles for over 60 years. In 1953, she was ordained as one of the first female elders of the Presbyterian Church. She was installed as the 21st Moderator of the Presbytery of Blackhawk in January 1992. She served on numerous Presbytery committees and was a board member of National United Presbyterian Women. She was a commissioner to the general assembly, commissioner from the Blackhawk Presbytery to Synod, a member of the reorganization committee that guided the United Presbyterian Women into the Blackhawk Presbytery, a member of the National Executive Committee, and chair of the manual committee. She wrote, typed and assembled the new guidelines for the Presbyterian Women and distributed over 20,000 manuals to churches throughout the United States. She served on the Womenís Opportunity Giving Fund Committee and assisted in deciding where to allocate funds to health ministries and new church missions. She continued to be an active congregation and session member of the First Presbyterian Church in Paw Paw until her death. She was also a member of the American Legion Auxiliary. Doris was a proud farmerís wife and enjoyed spending time with her family.

Memorials may be directed to Paw Paw Presbyterian Church, Neighbors In Christ Ecumenical (N.I.C.E.) or The Red Cross. For more information or to sign the online guest book, go to www.EighnerFuneralHomes.com.

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