Edith M. Bilsland was born May 21, 1922, in Sheldon, the daughter of Joseph William and Emma (Mory) Heiliger. She graduated from Sheldon High School in 1939. On Feb. 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 Feb. 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 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 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 Sergeant 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.
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.
Funeral services will take place at 10:30 a.m. Thursday at Grace United Methodist Church in Marcus. The Rev. Deborah Stowers and the Rev. Ron Rice will officiate. Burial will follow at Marcus Amherst Cemetery. Visitation will begin at 2 p.m. today (Wednesday) at the Earnest - Johnson Funeral Home in Marcus. The family will be present from 5-7 p.m. with a prayer service at 7 p.m. There will also be one hour of visitation at the church prior to the funeral on Thursday.
Expressions of sympathy may be directed through www.mauerjohsonfh.com.