Mrs. Valera Eland, 96, Plymouth, Michigan, formerly of Quincy, died at 9:30 am Friday (September 14, 2012) at a nursing home in Michigan.
Born November 21, 1915 in Quincy, Valera was the daughter of William H. and Mary Wittland Ellerbrake. She married Charles F. Eland on June 15, 1939 in Jefferson City, Missouri. He preceded her in death on June 10, 1984.
Valera was a faithful and active member of Salem Evangelical United Church of Christ where she taught Sunday school for several years, served on the Undershepherd board, the Adopt a Friend program and Ritual of Friendship. She was a member of the Salem Women's Guild, Salem Singles and the Good Samaritan Home Auxiliary.
She was a 1934 graduate of Quincy High School and a graduate of Gem City Business College. In her younger years she was employed at Central Illinois Public Services (CIPS) for many years until her retirement.
Survivors include her son, Thomas Eland (Patricia) of Plymouth, MI; three grandchildren, Angela Reed (Phillip) of Northville, MI, Christopher Zwarka (Melissa) of Atlanta, IN and James Bergemann (Julie) of Minneapolis, MN; four great grandchildren, Karen Reed and Danielle Reed both of Northville, MI, Isabel Bergemann and Mackenzie Bergemann both of Minneapolis, MN; four nephews, James Ellerbrake, Darrel Jones, Dick Jones and Edward Eland; three nieces, Margaret Ellen Treston, Caryl Kerr and Elizabeth Wasson; and many loving great nieces, great nephews, cousins and friends.
Mrs. Eland was preceded in death by her parents; her husband, Charles; two brothers, Russell Ellerbrake and Marvin Ellerbrake; and a sister, Mildred Monckton.
Funeral services will be held Saturday morning at 10:00 in the Zehender Robinson Stormer Cookson Funeral Home with Pastor Wanda Seydel officiating. Burial will be in Greenmount Cemetery.
Visitation will be Friday evening from 4:00 to 7:00 and Saturday morning until the time of services at the funeral home.
Memorial may be made to the Good Samaritan Home.