Eileen B. Hedges
PARIS, Ill. - Eileen B. Riley Hedges, 96, of West Terre Haute went to be with her Lord and Savior on January 20, 2020. She was born June 14, 1923 in East St. Louis to James Leroy Riley and Faye Rosalyn Holston Riley.
Growing up in East St. Louis, she spent much time with her loving grandmother, Holston, who instilled a strong value system. She enjoyed spending her summers with her Aunt Frankie in Elbridge, Illinois. Going from the city to the country during the depression was like going to another world, a world of plenty, the ability to have fresh air and food during such a difficult period in time, where others in the city had so little; she was blessed beyond measure. During summers in Elbridge, she met the love of her life, Robert A. Hedges Sr., and they were married October 5, 1941, in Patton Church.
She had a passion for arts and crafts where she was skilled in china and tole painting. Eileen owned and operated a small arts and crafts shop on East Poplar Street in Terre Haute. She was a beautician by trade and ran a beauty shop out of the basement of her home for several years. She and Robert Sr. loved gardening and together built a spectacular garden full of daffodils, peonies, and blooming spring trees. She was an excellent baker, and every pie she made was delicious. Every holiday the family could not wait to eat her delicious noodles. She loved to travel, and even was able to drive a boat when she was 94 years old.
She is preceded in death by her husband, Robert A. Hedges Sr.; brothers, Dennis Riley and Chester Romaine Riley; sister, Deloris "Sissy" Kearns and her husband Tom; grandsons, Eric Hedges and Robert C. "Bobby" Hedges; her mother and father-in-law, Lewis and Bonnie Hedges; sisters-in-law, Mildred Rockwell, Maxine Royer and Donna Runyon; brother-in-law, the Rev. Lewis Conrad "Junior" Hedges; and son-in-law, Jon Griffin.
She is survived by sons, Robert A. Hedges Jr. and his wife Barbara, and Darrell Hedges; daughters, Janet Ray and her husband Charles, and Melissa Griffin; grandchildren, Jeffery Hedges and his wife Lisa, Stacey Cornwell and her husband Jeff, Eli Hedges, Kyley Hedges, Casandra Kendall, Justin Abrell and his wife Nina, Cody Huffman and her husband Jason, Jordan Abrell and his wife Amber, Dru Griffin and his wife Erin, Erin Beeler and her husband Rich, and Cameron Griffin and his wife Krista; with 23 great-grandchildren, and 8 great-great-grandchildren, several nieces and nephews
Services for Eileen are scheduled for Monday, January 27, 2020 at 12 o'clock p.m. CST in Patton Church, 21775 Clark Road, Dennison, IL 62423. Visitation is scheduled from 10 am CST until service time on Monday. Burial will be in Dunlap Cemetery. A reception will follow the burial, in the Patton Church School House, next door to the church. Online condolences can be made at:
Published on January 23, 2020


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John Larr
Jan 27, 2020
Janet, my condolences to you on the death of your mother. I'll keep you and your family in my prayers.
Tommy Brown
Jan 26, 2020
Sweetest Sunrise Bouquet was purchased for the family of Eileen B. Hedges by Tommy Brown.  Send flowers
Lynette Barton
Jan 26, 2020
Janet, So very sorry for your loss. Your Mother was a lovely person.
Love, John & Kara Gurchiek & Meehan family
Jan 25, 2020
Gracious Lavender Basket was purchased for the family of Eileen B. Hedges by Love, John & Kara Gurchiek & Meehan family.  Send flowers
Dee Ann (Fisher) Holder
Jan 25, 2020
Janet, So sorry to see that your mom passed away. I have great memories of staying at your house when we were young and always liked your parents. Keeping you in my thoughts. Dee Ann
Grace Doolittle
Jan 25, 2020
Eileen was a special friend! She made a beautiful bookmark for me which I still have in the pages of my Bible.
Sally George
Jan 25, 2020
I am so very sorry for your loss Janet. I remember your mom as one of the sweetest of my friends moms! Hugs my friend!
Joan edwardson
Jan 25, 2020
So sorry to hear this. I will always remember your mother as she was always so calm and soft spoken when I was around. A beautiful women. Love and prayers.
Drew and Laurie
Jan 24, 2020
Basket of Joy was purchased for the family of Eileen B. Hedges by Drew and Laurie.  Send flowers
Kim & Gary Lasure
Jan 24, 2020
To the entire family we send our sincerest condolences. It sounds like Eileen had a full life and a life full of love from a family that loves her dearly. May your memories last a lifetime.
Dianne Lowe
Jan 24, 2020
What a beautiful person in every way. She was a blessing to all. Her memory will live on in all who knew her. Peace.