Eileen Marie Basicker, 98, North Manchester, died at 6:25 a.m. Wednesday, June 15, 2016, at Peabody Healthcare Center, North Manchester. She was born Dec. 21, 1917, in Ossian, to Verling and Lydia (Heeter) Allisbaugh.
Eileen was a 1936 graduate of Sidney High School. She married Elbert W. Basicker on July 3, 1937, in Ossian; he died March 29, 1993. She worked at the Claypool Sale Barn, as a sales representative for General Telephone, retiring in 1984, and as a receptionist at Peabody Retirement Communtiy for several years. She was a former member of Liberty Mills Church of the Brethren and was an avid supporter of St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital in Memphis, Tenn. Eileen loved animals, enjoyed mowing her yard, and shopping at thrift stores. She lived at Peabody Retirement Community since July 2012, coming from rural North Manchester, where she lived since 1922.
She is survived by her daughter: Sally Gentry, Saint Gabriel, La. She was also preceded in death by her parents; daughter: Judy Joan Basicker; and her sister: Kathryn Allisbaugh.
Funeral services will be 10:30 a.m. Thursday, June 16, at Peabody Chapel, North Manchester, with Rev. Sue Babovec officiating. Burial will be in Fairview Cemetery, North Manchester. Friends may call one hour prior to the service at Peabody Chapel. Arrangements by Grandstaff-Hentgen Bender Chapel, North Manchester.
Preferred memorial is St. Jude Children’s Research Hosptial.