Eunice Leone Stark (née Yardley), age 90, of Elgin, IL, died peacefully at home, surrounded by family, on December 11, 2021. She had been battling the effects of a stroke she had in January, 2020. She was born February 23, 1931 in Santa Monica, CA to her loving parents, Leo and Margaret (née Myers) Yardley.
Eunice and her husband Robert recently celebrated 71 years of marriage and their love for each other is a timeless one. Even while Robert was overseas during the Korean War, Eunice remained steadfast in her love for him. And especially since Eunice’s stroke, “Bob” has been her go-to while being at home.
Eunice traveled all over the United States with Bob while they still were able, and managed to visit most of the continental United States during summers and fall. While their children Brian and Renee were school-aged, they took them on many of these trips, but did traveling on their own after becoming empty-nesters in the early 1990’s. The highlight had to be when they spent the summer in 1987 as volunteer fire-watchers on Ute Mountain in Utah.
Before children, Eunice, who was born in Santa Monica, CA, grew up in Woodstock, but eventually moved to and then graduated high school in Sycamore, only to return to the same school as a drama/speech/English teacher in the late 1950’s after earning a BA degree at Northern Illinois University. One of her proudest memories was helping to design the Speech classroom at the “new” high school and taking debate teams downstate for competition.
After staying home to raise her children, Eunice again returned to the classroom as an assistant in language classes for elementary students and then as a substitute teacher in U-46 school district. She continued in that role for 8 years. She attended Wesley United Methodist Church in Elgin after the family moved here from Champaign IL, where she was involved with different activities. She most recently was a member of First Congregational Church of Elgin.
Eunice enjoyed her flower gardens, the wildlife that would appear in their yard at home, reading, painting, chatting with her neighbors, and listening to her children play music.
The family would like to thank Transitions Hospice and caregiver Raymond for the exceptional care they have provided, especially during the last months of this year.
Eunice was preceded in death by her parents, Leo and Margaret Yardley. She is survived by her husband, Robert Stark of Elgin, IL; children, Brian Stark of West Dundee, IL, and Renée (Michael) Buhrow of Algonquin, IL; sisters, Barbara Mann of Valparaiso, IN, and Lois Kenyon of Mesa, AZ; and four grandchildren, Taylor Stark, Bailey Stark, Ethan Buhrow, and Linnea Buhrow.
Visitation will be 5:00pm to 9:00pm, Friday, December 17, 2021 at Symonds-Madison Funeral Home, 305 Park Street, Elgin, IL 60120. Visitation will continue Saturday, December 18, 2021 from 10:00am until funeral service at 11:00am. Pastor Jesse Tanner will be officiating.
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Interment to follow at Bluff City Cemetery, 945 Bluff City Boulevard, Elgin, IL 60120.
Final arrangements entrusted to Symonds-Madison Funeral Home. For more information, call 847-741-1128 or visit www.symondsmadison.com.