Nellie Elizabeth Wingo, 1926-2013

Nellie Elizabeth Wingo, 87, passed away Saturday, Dec. 7, 2013, at the Riverview Care Center in St. Louis, Mo.
Formerly of Ellsinore, Mo., Elizabeth had resided in St. Louis for the past few months due to her failing health.

Born Dec. 2, 1926, in Hunter, Mo., she was the daughter of the late George Augustus “Gus” and Cora Edna (Withee) Gearhart, She spent her childhood in Hunter and was a graduate of the Ellsinore High School. 
She was a homemaker and pastor’s wife, assisting her husband in service to the Lord in many churches in Missouri and Arkansas. She was a member of the United Methodist Church in Ellsinore, where she was pianist for the church choir and other church services. She also played the piano for many funeral services and for school programs. Elizabeth was very civic-minded and loved to volunteer. She loved her children and was very family-oriented. She was proud of her heritage and loved to serve the church and her husband. 

The Rev. James Wingo, her husband of 50 years, preceded her in death, as did one daughter, Kathy Wingo, at the age of 22; and two brothers, Newton Aubrey Gearhart and Richard Gearhart. 

Survivors include two sons, George Wingo and his wife, Janice, of Paris, Ark., and the Rev. Steve Wingo and his wife, Regina, of Fort Smith, Ark.; two daughters, Julie Rains and her husband, Paul, of Ellington, Mo., and Susan Dinter and husband, Ed, of Boynton Beach, Fla.; nine grandchildren; five great-grandchildren; one brother, Milton Gearhart and his wife, Nancy, of Hunter, Mo.; and many other relatives and friends who will mourn her passing.

The funeral was held Wednesday, Dec. 11, 2013, in the United Methodist Church in Ellsinore, with the Rev. Robbie Calvert officiating. Burial followed at Henson-Hilltop Cemetery. In lieu of flowers, please make memorials to the United Methodist Church, 16 E. North Avenue, Ellsinore, MO 63937.