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Talkington, Edith

d. April 26, 2011

A Talkington, Edith (Di Salvo-Perna) from Athens, passed away peacefully on Holy Wed. She was born Feb 15th, 1916 in Wilburton, Ok.

Last surviving child of Anastasio Perna and Maria Di Salvo from Pietrabbondante, Molise, formally Abrutzzo, Italy.

She was the first Perna child born in the USA in Wilburton, Ok. The Perna family moved to Springfield in 1922.

She met and married Harold J. Talkington in 1936. They moved to Athens in 1942. Harold preceded her in passing in 1974.

Edith was a self-employed homemaker, church and community volunteer. She made and altered band uniforms, cheerleader outfits, Priest robes, Alter boy robes, and Altars cloths.

She was very active within the Holy Family Catholic Church in Athens. She was also active in the Alter and Rosary Society now called the Holy Family Women Society. She helped with fundraising with the Helpers for Christ.

Her outstanding cooking abilities lead her to volunteer to cook for fundraisers for both Athens School bands, the Athens Library, the Athens Boy Scouts and many other noteworthy causes. Some of her recipes are in an Athens library cookbook.

Her crotchet and knitting skills awarded her many best of class in the Menard and Logan county fairs, and also the Illinois State fair.

She worked for the State of Illinois – Department of Revenue from 1964 to retirement at age 72.

Mother to Sharon “Don” Awe, Elkhart, Steve “Jean” Talkington Denver Co, and Jerry “Ruth” Talkington, Pleasant Hill, Mo.

She has 8 grandchildren, and 8 great-grandchildren.

Donations can be made to Holy Family Catholic Church, Athens or Zion Lutheran School in Mt Pulaski instead of flowers.

Viewing is at Mott & Henning Funeral Home in Athens Monday 5:00-7:00 PM. Rosary 9:30 AM following with a funeral mass at at 10:00 AM at Holy Family Catholic Church, Athens


  1. My sympathy and prayers are with your family at this time. What a glorious greeting there must have been in heaven, for Edith to arrive during Holy Week. She was a mainstay in the church ever since I can remember. She lived a full life.

  2. I am so sorry to hear of the death of your mother. I have fond memories of her when as school kids we visited for “overnights. May God bless you. Janet Henning Brown

  3. Sharon, Steve and Jerry, I was very sorry to learn of your Mother’s passing. She was a very special lady who shared so much of herself and her talents with her family, friends and the community-at-large. When I think of her, my first thoughts are seeing her standing/stirring spaghetti or whatever else at the Athens Grade School kitchen for Rotary or whatever the community activity. I am so glad you put the notice of her 95th birthday in the Menard County Review so that many of us had the opportunity to say thank you to her for all the sharing of her gifts, she provided to all of us. We will surround you in our thoughts and prayers during this Easter season. May God’s love provide you the strength to accept this great loss and rejoice in the love she had for each of you.

    John and Beverly (Brown) Warner

  4. Dear Steve and Family, So sorry to hear of the loss of your Mother. She was a remarkable woman and gave willingly to her Church and community. She was always there for band trips, contest, her spaghetti and meatball dinners were my personal favorite, and her sewing skills were well known. She made our cheerleader uniforms and I was amazed when you told me she made all your shirts. She lived a full and productive life and was fortunate to be able to enjoy it right to the last. We are never ready to let them go, but ehy are always with us in our hearts. My sincere condolences to you and your family. Lyla Brown Eggleston

  5. My deepest sympathy to the family of Edith Talkington. What a great cook she was. I haven’t seen Edith in many years but when I was just a small child I remember my family visiting Edith and her family and she was the first person I know that made pizza. I still remember the great taste of it and it was the first time I ever knew of such a thing – I have never had any better than what Edith made. What a congenial, loving person she was. Susan Burk Petrilli

  6. Dear Sharon,

    Please accept my most sincere and deepest sympathy. Your mother had a rare warmth of personality that left a lasting impression and wonderful memories. Of the time that I have spent with her, I shall never forget such a wonderful lady. May God Bless Us All.


    Sophia Groves

  7. Sharon, Steve, and Jerry.

    What a wonderful and remarkable woman your mother was. We have so many fond memories of her in Athens. It was a blessing to know her and share so many moments with her as children and then as adults. She will be sadly missed but eternally loved.

    Lynn and Carol Freer

  8. I am sorry to hear of your mother’s passing. You are in my thoughts and prayers.

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