Ilene McCown

September 22, 2013

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Updated: Mon, 23 Sep 2013 05:50:38 CST

Ilene M. McCown, 84 of Lincoln died Sunday, September 22, 2013 with her children at her side.

Ilene M. McCownServices will be 11 a.m. Thursday at the Belmont Baptist Church in Lincoln.  Pastor Mike Kidder will officiate.  Burial will be at 2 p.m. Thursday in the Lincoln Memorial Park Cemetery.

Visitation will be from 4-7 p.m. Wednesday at Belmont Baptist Church.  All Faiths Funeral Home of Grand Island is in charge of Arrangements.

Ilene was born July 28, 1929 in Lincoln the daughter of Howard and Berteen Ferguson. 

Survivors include daughter, Sue (Doug) Krogman of Panama, NE and son, Steve (Phyllis) McCown of Lincoln; grandchildren, Matt (Lorena) Moser, Kerri (Jay) Merkel, Adam (Kim) McCown and Sarah McCown; great-grandchildren, Jaden, Kobe, Olivia, Alex and Lucas; step grandchildren, Dawn Arnold and Dustin Krogman and step great-granddaughter, Autumn; brothers, Howard (Ginny) Ferguson of Burden, KS, Dick Jones of Lincoln and Larry (Jan) Jones of Lincoln; sister, Dorothy Keef of Milford and many very special nieces and nephews.

She was preceded in death by her husband; Spark in 1974; father and mother; step father, Joseph Jones; parents-in-laws; sisters, June, Ellen and Cleo; niece, Cindy; brother, Melvin; many brothers-in-laws and very special sister-in-law, Virginia Jones.

Ilene, also known by many as Ike, Ikie, Eenie and grandma Lene was raised and received her education in Lincoln having attended Whittier and graduating from Lincoln High, class of 1947.  She was united in marriage to Elton (Spark) McCown on July 5, 1948.  While Spark served in the U.S. Air Force they lived in Roswell, NM.  Following the military they lived in California for a brief time before making their home in Lincoln.  Ilene worked for Old Home Bread for 20 years and then MetroMail where she retired in 1990.

She is a charter member of Belmont Baptist Church and was the first female Deacon in the church.  She is a member of the American Baptist Women Association and Daughters of the Nile.  She will be remembered for her great faith and her love for her family.

Memorials are suggested to Belmont Baptist or to the Ambassador.