In Memory of



Obituary for Martha Reilly

Martha Jane (Eads) Reilly of Decatur, Illinois, passed away on November 16, 2023.

Visitation will be held on Tuesday, November 21, 2023 from 11:00 AM - 1:00 PM at The Cerro Gordo Church of the Brethren located at 102 E. Durfee St., Cerro Gordo, IL. Funeral service will begin at 1:00 PM. A Graveside Service will follow at Cerro Gordo Cemetery.

Martha was born on November 21, 1946 to Harry Herbert "Herb" and Dora Lucille (Hiser) Eads.

She is preceded in death by her parents; brothers: Dale and Ciney Eads; brother-in-law, Galen Heckman Jr.; and one great-grandson.

Martha leaves behind two children: son, Jason Reilly of Decatur and daughter, Gwen Ann (Reilly) Kasumu of Springfield; along with 6 grandchildren and 18 great-grandchildren. She also leaves behind her two loving sisters: Carolyn (Richard) Fansler and Maralyn Heckman; her sister-in-law, Evelyn Eads; and a host of nieces, nephews, great-nieces and nephews, and special childhood friends.

Martha graduated from Cerro Gordo High School in 1964 and shortly after began working at Illinois Bell. She worked there for 30 years, as it transitioned to AT&T, then retired to begin a new adventure. She returned to college at Parkland College in Champaign, IL to receive her teaching certificate and worked as a teacher's aid at Cunningham Children's Home in Urbana, IL for over 6 years, which was a life long goal that she wanted to achieve.

She was a member of the Laurel United Methodist Church in Springfield, IL, Bement Methodist Church, and The Cerro Gordo Brethren Church while in middle school and high school for many years.

Martha was a quiet soul, who made everyone around her feel important and special. She gave thoughtful gifts and cards, but the most special gifts that she gave was her time, attention, and hugs. She loved to have beautiful things around her and appreciated God's creations. She will be missed dearly by those who have been touched by her grace and love.