Edith M. Bilsland, 90, of Marcus, passed away on Monday, Dec. 24, 2012 at Heartland Care Center in Marcus. Funeral services were held today at 10:30 a.m. at Grace United Methodist Church in Marcus. Deborah Stowers and Ron Rice will officiate. Burial followed at Marcus Amherst Cemetery.
Edith M. Bilsland was born on May 21, 1922 in Sheldon to Joseph William and Emma (Mory) Heiliger. She graduated from Sheldon High School in 1939. On February 8, 1940 Edith and Albert Edward Bilsland were united in marriage at Primghar. They made their first home on the family farm near Sheldon.
On February 1, 1949 Edith and Albert moved to Marcus. Edith did painting and wallpapering for many businesses and individuals in the Marcus area. She also did seamstress work and taught many young women in the community to sew. Albert passed away on May 1, 1998.
Edith was a member of Grace United Methodist Church in Marcus. She was a member of Grace Circle and had served as president of the United Methodist Women. Edith sang in the choir for 50 years and also sang for numerous funerals in Marcus. She was a member of Farm Bureau and was a 4-H leader in earlier years. In later years, Edith enjoyed volunteering at the Heartland Care Center.
She was preceded in death by her parents; husband Albert; an infant brother, Wayne; an infant sister, Beverly; brothers Robert (Patricia) Heiliger, Leland Heiliger, Bill (Darlene) Heiliger.
She will be lovingly remembered by her son, Jim Bilsland and his wife Helen of Sioux City; her daughter, Joanne Day and her husband Larry of Sgt. Bluff; grandchildren, Tami Fairbanks of Sioux City, Ed Bilsland of Springfield, Mo., Sue (Craig) Pedersen of Lawton, Sandy (Brent) Reinking of Kingsley; nine great-grandchildren; a brother David (Sandra) Heiliger of Houston, Texas; and a sister-in-law Phyllis Heiliger of Sheldon.