CHARLESTON, IL – Lela Mae Replogle, age 97 of Charleston, left her earthly home at the Hilltop Skilled Nursing and Rehabilitation Center on Sunday, October 21, 2012 to join her husband Don in their eternal heavenly home. Visitation for family and friends will be held Saturday, October 27, 2012 from 10:00 – 11:00 a.m. at Adams Funeral Chapel in Charleston. Services honoring and celebrating her life will begin at 11:00 a.m. on Saturday with Reverend Walter Carlson officiating. Interment will follow in Rest Haven Memorial Gardens in Mattoon. It is requested that memorial gifts in her honor be made to Hilltop Skilled Nursing and Rehabilitation Center. Gifts may be left on the memorial table at the visitation or service, or mailed to Adams Funeral Chapel, 2330 Shawnee Drive, Charleston, IL 61920.
Lela was born on April 8, 1915 in Ashmore, Illinois, one of six children born to the late Bailey J. and Carrie (Roberts) Humphres. She married Donald Replogle on March 3, 1936 in Terre Haute, Indiana and they were blessed with sixty-nine years of marriage and friendship prior to his death on March 10, 2005. She is survived by two loving and devoted daughters, Donna L. Cooper and husband Frank of St. Petersburg, Florida and Ronda K. Lowell and husband Chuck of Charleston; seven grandchildren, Jon Pattin and wife Pam of Overland Park, Kansas, Jeff Pattin and wife Gina of Perry, Kansas, Rod Cooper and wife Lori of Trophy Club, Texas, Gina Snyder and husband Doug of Pueblo West, Colorado, Jennifer Garza and husband Derek of Gilberts, Illinois, Kara Norkus and husband Ken of Bolingbrook, Illinois and Chad Lowell and wife Kristi of Charleston; fifteen great-grandchildren; and a son-in-law, Marty Pattin of Lawrence, Kansas. In addition to her parents and husband, Lela was preceded in death by a daughter, Vera Pattin; two sisters, her twin Lila Faye Humphres and Belva Davis; and three brothers, William, Harry and Olen Humphres.
Lee, as she was affectionately known, was a long-time member of Wesley United Methodist Church in Charleston where she taught children’s Sunday school for many years. She was also a member of the Charleston VFW Ladies Auxiliary and Women of the Moose Charleston Chapter #1175.
Lee adored children and at one time began furthering her education at Eastern Illinois State Teacher’s College in order to receive her teaching certificate. She never finished her schooling, but because of her love for children, inspired and motivated her three daughters who became teachers – she was so proud of them and their accomplishments. Taking care of her family was Lee’s priority in life. She was an excellent seamstress who created and made her daughter’s wardrobes as well as her own, and from her kitchen came the aromas of deliciously prepared meals. During the spring and summer months Lee could be found planting and tending her vegetable garden in anticipation of canning its produce to help feed her family. Lee’s grandchildren were her pride and joy and her great-grandchildren were an added bonus.
Lee was a kind and gentle woman who was genuine in her thoughtful consideration of others. The time she devoted to her family and friends created a multitude of fond and loving memories which will always be cherished. She was a woman who will forever be admired and loved by all who knew her.