Mrs. Charlene Wing Gates, age 87 of Anna, formerly of Springfield, died at 10:15 a.m. Friday, Feb. 8, 2013, at the Anna Rehab and Care Center.
She was born April 5, 1925, in Harrisburg, the daughter of Charles Edward and Lily Mae Snider Wing. She married Frederick Lee Gates on October 27, 1944, in Harrisburg.
Charlene is survived by her loving husband of sixty eight years, Frederick Lee Gates of Anna; two daughters, Pamela (Larry) Van Alstine, Chatham and Marilyn (Mike) Meisenheimer of Jonesboro; three grandchildren, Lee (Christina) Van Alstine, Cape Girardeau, Mo., Lindsay Meisenheimer and fiancé, Casey Johnson, Lance (Danyelle) Meisenheimer all of Jonesboro; seven great-grandchildren, Alexa, Madison, Kai and Bryn Van Alstine, Landon and Reese Lofton, and Eva Meisenheimer; other relatives and many friends.
She was preceded in death by her parents.
Charlene graduated from Harrisburg High School and was also a graduate of the University of Illinois with a degree in Music Education with an emphasis in piano performance. She taught at Ridgeway, Divernon, Virden, and Chatham-Glenwood School Districts. She was well known as the director of the Glenwood Singers, a select vocal group, musical director for the Springfield Municipal Opera, and church organist as well as musical director for Springfield area churches. She was a life-long member of Sigma Alpha Iota Music Fraternity, Illinois Music Educators Association and the Illinois Education Association. Charlene and her family were directors of the Miss Land of Lincoln Pageant, a preliminary to the Miss Illinois Scholarship Pageant.
Graveside funeral services for Mrs. Charlene Wing Gates will be at 1 p.m. Monday, February 11, 2013, at the Sunset Lawn Cemetery in Harrisburg with Bill Littrell officiating. Interment will be in the Sunset Lawn Cemetery. Friends are asked to go directly to the cemetery. Memorial contributions may be made to Sigma Alpha Iota Music Fraternity.
Envelopes will be available at the Sunset Lawn Cemetery and at the Rendleman & Hileman Funeral Home in Anna.
A memorial service will be held in Springfield at a later date.