Doris ‘Eileen’ Nolen, 76, of Arcola, passed away at 6:41 P.M. on Sunday, November 22, 2020 at Carle Foundation Hospital in Urbana.
Funeral services celebrating her life was held at 11:00 A.M. on Wednesday, November 25, 2020 at the Edwards Funeral Home, 221 East Main, Arcola. Bishop Dave Dolan and Rev. Rickey Ferguson officiated. Burial was in the Arcola Cemetery. Visitation was held one hour prior to the Funeral Service at the Edwards Funeral Home.
Eileen was born on January 21, 1944 in Mattoon, IL. She was a daughter of Raymond ‘Paul’ and Elizabeth “Betty” Elinor (Slifer) Vail. She married Rev. Robert ‘Bob’ Lee Nolen on July 10, 1959 in Shelbyville. He passed away on January 8, 2004.
Eileen robustly loved every member of her family. She is survived by three children: Annette Ferguson and her husband Rickey of Arcola, Jeff Nolen and his wife Annette of Goldsboro, NC and Todd Nolen and his wife Teresa of Hindsboro; five grandchildren: Gwen Pullen (Barry) of Arcola, Ryan Nolen (Heather) of Goldsboro, Alyssa Nolen of Goldsboro, Angie Huff (Mike) of Oakland, and Amanda Nolen of Mattoon; eleven great grandchildren: Nate Maxedon of Arcola, Allie Maxedon of Bloomington, Ashley Pullen of Arcola, Kylie and Lauren Nolen of Goldsboro, Leo and Oliver Kirchberg of Goldsboro, Natalie White (Michael) of Oakland, Brianna Huff of Oakland, Diemos Sanchez of Hindsboro and Xavier Nolen of Mattoon; 1 great-great grandson: Leighton White of Oakland; four brothers: Richard Vail and his wife Lula of Charleston, Jerry Vail and his wife Shirlene of Mattoon, Darwin Vail and his wife Janet of Gray, ME and Robert ‘Bob’ Vail and his wife Barb of Sullivan.
She was preceded in death by her husband, her parents and her grandparents.
By faith, Eileen, both joyfully and passionately served her Lord Jesus as a member of the Missionary Baptist Church in Arcola and New Life Church in Sullivan. She served at New Life Church as the Prayer Ministry Director, working with the Intercessors at New Life Church. She also enjoyed working with the youth and she always eagerly enjoyed preparing and serving the Funeral Dinners at New Life Church. She loved her Church family and held a special love for her Pastor, Bishop Dave Dolan and his wife Debra.
Eileen was a prayer warrior.