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Mary Eva Kaegi Frailey

Mary Eva Frailey, 84, of Cave-In-Rock, died 1:45 p.m. Thursday, Feb. 7, 2008, at Ridgeway Manor Nursing Home.

Services will be held 11 a.m. Saturday, Feb. 9, 2008, at Rose-Gilbert Funeral Home in Cave-In-Rock. Burial will be in Cave Hill Cemetery. Visitation is 10 a.m. to service time Saturday at the funeral home.

From Lanora Schoeny Mueller - Feb 10, 2008

Mary Frailey

Saturday, February 09, 2008

CAVE-IN-ROCK, Ill. Services for Mary Eva Frailey, 84, of Cave-in-Rock will be at 11 a.m. today at Rose-Gilbert Funeral Home. Burial will be at Cave Hill Cemetery. Mrs. Frailey died at 1:45 p.m. Thursday at Ridgeway Manor Nursing Home. She was a member of Cave-in-Rock United Methodist Church.

Surviving are one daughter, Mary Ellen Denton of Elizabethtown; one sister, Elsie Patton of Bridgeport; four grandchildren; and 12 great-grandchildren.

She was preceded in death by her husband, James R.C. Frailey; two brothers; one stepson; and one grandson. Her parents were John William and Sara Ellen Derringer Kaegi.

Friends may call after 10 a.m. today at the funeral home. Expressions of sympathy may take the form of contributions to the Taylor Kaegi Scholarship Fund, c/o Area Bank, P.O. Box 278, Cave-in-Rock, IL 62919.

From David Smith - Feb 10, 2008

The following obit appeared in the 2/14/2008 paper and was written by her daughter Mary Ellen Denton.

Mary Eva Kaegi Frailey  obit

Mary Eva Frailey was born January 16, 1924 the second child of Will and Sarah (Derringer) Kaegi.

Eva lived her entire life in Hardin County. After High School, She was married to James F. Lasater for a short time. Eva worked in Cave in Rock at both Oxfords and Millikans stores. Farmers brought their cows milk to town to sell. Eva separated the cream from the milk and pasteurized the milk. This is where she met a charming man named James R. C. Frailey. They soon married and Jim moved Eva to the River Bottoms where they lived for several years. She helped Jim plant the corn crop and shuck the corn by hand using a shucking peg, a team of horses and a wagon. They raised hogs and goats, milked cows, made delicious fresh cottage cheese, built fence and whatever else needed to be done to maintain the house and farm.

Eva worked at numerous jobs to provide for her family. She cleaned houses for several people in Cave in Rock and Rosiclare. She was an expert painter. If anyone needed their house painted on the inside or outside, they knew to call Eva for a job that would be done very well. She worked for many years at the Farmers Implement store where she delivered furniture and propane gas tanks as well as any man. She worked for years along side Bill Long, Jimmy Powers, Preston VanHooser, and Roy E. Glore. When the Implement store closed, she started working for the Rose Funeral home. She drove the ambulance and went long distances to pick up the deceased to bring them home. She never stayed overnight on these trips. After picking up the person, she would turn around and drive back to Cave in Rock no matter how far away she was.

Eva helped in the construction of the present Rose Gilbert Funeral Home. Fred Cox said that she was the hardest worker that he had ever seen. She helped with wiring and water lines under the floor and did a great job with dry walling and painting.

Eva was mowing the funeral home lawn in 1967 when she had an attack of Bells palsey. She was never again able to hold down a full time job. That was very difficult for her to accept because she had worked hard all her life.

In 1969 she started babysitting her brother Taylors daughter, Sarah. Eva dearly loved looking after Sarah.After Jim passed away in 1980, Eva moved to Cave in Rock where she lived until she wasnt able to take care of herself. She was a member of the Cave in Rock Methodist Church.

Evas parents Will and Sarah, two brothers Taylor and Willie, husband Jim, grandson John Gordon Denton, stepson Asa Ray Frailey and special sister-in-law preceded her in death.

Survivors include her sister Elsie (Charles) Patton, their children Cindy Patton and David (Mindy) Patton, three sisters-in-law Myrna Kaegi, Edna Hope Wright, and Mayme Frailey, niece Mary Beth (David) Logsdon, beloved niece Sarah Kaegi, stepdaughter Martha Jeralds, step-grandchildren Ricky Frailey, Alta (Sissy) Jackson, Diane Millikan, and James Charles Jeralds, daughter Mary Ellen (Gordon) Denton, grandchildren Jim Denton, Jena Lloyd, Jayne Reed and Ann Simmons, grandsons-in-law Tom Reed and Shain Lloyd, great grandchildren Michael, Jason, and Josh Denton, Hannah and Hayden Lloyd, Denton , Emily, and Cayleb Reed, Rocky Nakol, Abby, and Jessy Denton and Johnny Simmons. Eva is survived by a host of cousins, nieces and nephews. During Evas final weeks she took comfort in the thought that June Bug was there with her. When I had to leave she would want to know when I would be back and then she would say,I will be all right because June Bug is here with me.

Death casts a frightening shadow over us because we are entirely helpless in its presence. Strength and courage cannot overcome death. It has the final word. Only God can walk us through deaths dark valley and bring us safely to the other side to eternal comfort. For Gods people, death is a bright path way to a new and better life. Eva is no longer blind. She is able to see the glories of heaven. She no longer struggles to breathe. She is a new person with no pain or fear. God has shown us that death is not final, but is just another step in the eternal life we receive when we follow him.

Amazing grace, how sweet the sound,
That saved a wretch like me.
I once was lost, but now am found,
Was blind, but now I see.
Twas grace that taught my heart to fear,
And grace my fears relieved,
How precious did the grace appear
The hour I first believed.


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