Date Of BirthFeb-03-1920
Date of deathAug-30-2017
Visitation will be from 1-3 p.m. with a funeral service to follow at 3 p.m., on Tuesday, September 5, 2017, at the Lily Lake Congregational Church, 44W188 Empire Rd., St. Charles, IL. Rev. Peter Akemann, pastor of the church, will officiate with interment to follow at Lily Lake Cemetery.
Eva Mae Biddle, age 97, of Elburn, passed away quietly into the arms of her Savior on Wednesday, August 30, 2017 at Oak Crest Retirement Center in DeKalb, where she made her home in recent years. She was born February 3, 1920, in Orfordville, WI, the daughter Orrie and Marsha (Loveless) Lee. Eva grew up in Spooner, WI, and attended local schools. Later she lived with her aunt and uncle for a time in Evanston where she worked for Lords Department Store. Whether Eva had a thing for a man in uniform isn’t known, but John C. Biddle just happened to be fighting for our country when she met him in 1938. Four years later they were united in marriage while John was on leave, November 24, 1942. John was returned to his blushing bride after being honorably discharged in 1945, settling back in Evanston. They moved to a farm in Palatine to raise their children. John ostensibly bought the home in Elburn in 1966 for the house because compared to where they had been living, it was “The Taj Mahal”. A wonder of the world or not, Eva made it her home and made sure it was spotless. She continued to live there after John’s passing in 2003 and when her health began to decline, Eva came into the care of Oakcrest Retirement Center. While living on the farm on Palitine, Eva peddled eggs, apples and more along her route. Later when they moved to Elburn and the kids were grown, Eva was employed at the Little Traveler in Geneva for many years as a waitress and later was a hostess at Hanson’s Back 80. Eva was a faithful member of the Lily Lake Congregational Church, and in years past they attended St. John’s United Church of Christ in Palatine, IL. Eva’s home had a place for everything and everything in its place. If it wasn’t, it didn’t stay that way for long. She also ruled the home with wooden spoon or a quick grab of the ear. They were known as the “attitude adjusters”. God help you if you needed both! Though there were never any scars, the lessons stayed with you for life. Eva definitely left her mark in this world and we are all better off because of it. She is survived by four sons: John (Helen) Biddle, Richard (Diana) Biddle, Roger (Theresa) Biddle and Robert (Sue) Biddle; seven grandchildren: John (Lauren) Biddle, Jessica (Brett) Sarri, Chad Biddle, Clint (Marissa) Biddle, Thomas (Lori) Biddle, Jason Biddle and Olivia Biddle; six great-grandchildren; nieces, nephews and a countryside of friends. Eva was preceded in death by her parents, three siblings: Melvin , Dorothy and Alice; one granddaughter, Christy Biddle; Visitation will be from 1-3 p.m. with a funeral service to follow at 3 p.m., on Tuesday, September 5, 2017, at the Lily Lake Congregational Church, 44W188 Empire Rd., St. Charles, IL. Rev. Peter Akemann, pastor of the church, will officiate with interment to follow at Lily Lake Cemetery. In lieu of flowers, contributions may be made in Eva’s name to the Lily Lake Congregational Church, 44W188 Empire Rd. St. Charles, IL 60175. Tributes may be left on the Conley Funeral Home Facebook Page, or read Eva’s full life story at www.conleycare.com.