Helen Jeanette (Ekiss) Wade 80, of Shelbyville, IL passed away on Saturday, August 4, 2012 at 8:05 AM in the Shelbyville Rehabilitation and Health Care Center in Shelbyville.

Jeanette was born August 6, 1931 in Dalton City, IL to George and Erma Swartz Ekiss.

She married John W. Wade in Dalton City, IL on September 27, 1950.They lived in Decatur, IL for 10 years and then moved to Las Vegas, NV where she lived and worked for 40 years.

She was a member and Past Matron of the Order of the Eastern Star of Bethany, IL.She served as an elder of the First Presbyterian Church of Shelbyville from 2007 to 2010. Jeanette was a member of the Better Business Women’s Association and the American Legion Auxiliary.While she was living in Las Vegas, she worked as a supervisor in the communications department of Circus Circus Hotel.She was a Director with Mary Kay Cosmetics and operated her own catering business.She was a marvelous cook and was a talented artist whose medium of choice was oil.

She is survived by her husband John; daughter Karen Handlon and husband Bill of Las Vegas; brother: Bill Ekiss and wife Susie of Springfield, IL; grandsons Ryan Handlon and wife Lori andJohn Ross and wife Steff; granddaughters: Amy Handlon and Karlee Ross and two great grandchildren: Sabrina and Kyran Handlon; many nieces and nephews.

She was preceded in death by her parents, son George Ray Wade, her step-mother Hazel Smith Ekiss and grandfather and grandmother, who helped raise her. Her grandmother taught her the art of cooking.

Memorial services will be held at 11:00 AM Saturday August 11, 2012 in First Presbyterian Church of Shelbyville.Rev. Jeff Grote will officiate.Visitation will be from 10:00 AM Saturday until time of the service at the Church. Memorials may be made in Jeanette’s honor to the First Presbyterian Church of Shelbyville or to Ansar Shrine Center for the Crippled Children’s Hospital.

Jeanette’s Family would like to thank, especially, Dr. Arnold Agapito and his nurses and staff, the nurses and staff of the Shelbyville Rehabilitation and Health Care Center and Harbor Lights Hospice for the love and care given to Jeanette at a time that she need it the most.

Arrangements are entrusted to Lockart-Green Funeral Home in Shelbyville.

On line condolences may be made to the Family at www.lockartgreenfuneralhome.com