Harriet E. White, 90, of Taylorville, went to her Heavenly home at 10:24 a.m., Tuesday, June 7, 2016 at Taylorville Memorial Hospital with her family by her side. Harriet was ushered in by her Lord and Savior Jesus Christ. She joins her beloved husband, Carlyle, and her family and friends who have gone before her.
Harriet was born on April 26, 1926 in Taylorville, the daughter of Harry A. and Iva (Lopossa) Brubeck. She attended Prairie Lea School through 8th grade, and graduated from Taylorville High School in 1944. She married Carlyle S. White, the love of her life, on July 7, 1946, and they will celebrate their 70th wedding anniversary this year in Heaven. Harriet was a member of Taylorville Evangelical Free Church and women’s group there. In addition to being a homemaker, Harriet was proud of her many jobs throughout the years including: The Flower Pot, Sunshine Feed Store, Sangamon Card Company, Wareham’s Dairy, Lindsey’s Bait Shop, and The County Seat. She was also a member of the Women of the Moose, the VFW Women’s Auxiliary, and the Taylorville Area Christian Women’s Club. She was a coordinator for the Muscular Dystrophy Telethon Call Center and loved inspiring volunteers. She also volunteered for the Red Cross Blood Drive several times, and was a passionate advocate for the Loving Arms Crisis Pregnancy Center. In her spare time, she enjoyed fishing, bowling, and cooking for others. Harriet was so proud of her family, and she adored her grandchildren and great grandchildren, just as much as they adored her. Harriet was a selfless woman who genuinely treated everyone she met as a great friend. For most of her life Harriet set a daily example of compassion, humility, and empathy. She truly enjoyed opening her heart and her home to anyone in need. Her presence will be deeply missed by all the lives she touched.
She leaves behind her daughters: Sheryl (Max) Klemm, Kathy (Jim) Lindsey, Carla (Don) Readhead, Beth (Steve) Markwell, all of Taylorville; grandchildren: Molly Bee Lindsey, Jim C. (Lyndsay) Lindsey, Logan, Grace, and Luke Markwell, all of Taylorville, Michelle (Joel) Tjelmeland, Melissa (Ryan) Jerome, both of Rochester, Amy (Bryce) Benton, Ivy (Seth) Molen, both of Springfield, Noah (Ellen) Readhead of St. Louis; great grandchildren: Spencer Lilly, Preston, Faith, and Edee Lindsey, Ellie and Lucy Tjelmeland, Paisley and Jack Jerome; brother, James F. (Barbie) Brubeck of Florida, and his family; nephews and nieces: Harry Brubeck, David Brubeck, Becky Nicol, Denise Mears, Terri Payne, Brenda Williams, Carol Marshall Weist, Suzie Weiss, and Frank “Butch” White.
Along with her husband, Harriet was preceded in death by her parents, one sister: Jean Ellis, and one grandson: Jonathon Markwell.
A Celebration of her Life will be held at 12:00 Noon Saturday, June 11, 2016 at Taylorville Evangelical Free Church, with Rev. Jim Wolfe officiating. Visitation will be held from 10:00 a.m. until the time of service. Burial will take place in Grove City Cemetery. Memorials may be made in her honor to: the Taylorville Evangelical Free Church, Taylorville Emergency Food Pantry, or the Cochlear Implant Awareness Foundation. McClure Funeral Home & Cremation Services is in charge of arrangements.
Memories of Harriet or condolences to her family may be sent online at www.mcclurefuneralhome.com.