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EDWARDS- Carol Ann Trumpe, 83, of Edwards, IL, went to be with her Lord and Savior Jesus Christ on Tuesday, November 13, 2018, at the OSF Richard Owens Hospice. She was born on March 28, 1935 to E.M. and Delorese (McCluskey) Eliason, in Sterling, CO. She married Richard (Dick) Trumpe on June 10, 1956. Surviving are her husband Dick, and son, Rick, both of Edwards and Kim Brooks-Miller Sink (Steve Sink) of Peoria, IL. Her parents preceded her in death.
Carol received her B.S. degree in Sociology at Colorado State University under a 4-year full-ride college scholarship from the Boettcher Foundation. At CSU, she was a member of the Kappa Alpha Theta Sorority. Having achieved the highest-grade point average, she was granted the first college degree from Colorado State University when they changed their name from A & M. She acquired an M.S. degree in sociology from Purdue University. Carol put her faith first, then family and community service. She served 27 years on the Peoria County Board, deciding to retire in November 2016. In July of 2016, Carol was recognized as a “local legend” where she was honored for her longstanding service on the Peoria County Board.
Carol had many accomplishments while serving as an elected official, but one of her most noteworthy, was the revising the Peoria County’s Land Use Plan, finalized in 2009, a comprehensive plan to help with the progress and protection of public and private property. For 12 years she chaired the Land Use committee and for 2 years she was the vice chair. During her three decades long service, she served on other steering committees and projects. She was very devoted to her constituents and had their best interest and was highly respected by both political parties.
She was a member of the Peoria County Farm Bureau, former Southside Mission Board of Directors, Grace Presbyterian Church, Peoria Symphony Guild, The National Society of Arts and Letters, Peoria County Republican Central Committee Board of Directors, and the Republican Women’s Club, where she served as Chairman. She served on the Peoria County Extension Program Council in Home Economics, Rural Peoria County Council on Aging Board of Directors, Peoria Emergency Medical Services Task Force and the former Domestic Violence Project Learning Board of Directors. Carol was also a national speaker for the Women’s Christian Club. She formerly taught part-time at Illinois Central College and Bradley University. And, till her passing, she led and was involved with a weekly neighborhood Bible study for 48 years.
Her recognitions include the 2016 Peoria County Farm Bureau’s “Person of the Year,” an Agricultural Service Award. In 2017, she was presented the “Friend of Conservation” award given by the Peoria County Soil and Water Conservation District. Most importantly, Carol was known most for her faith as a believer in Jesus Christ. She was quoted in a 1994 article, stating; “My faith requires honesty, hard work, perseverance, courtesy, respect for others, and honoring of commitments.” She stood up for her beliefs, was a straight shooter and had a heart for the needy and hurting. Carol was a terrific wife, mother and friend to many.
According to Carol’s wishes, there will be no visitation. A Celebration of Life Service will be held 11:00am, Monday, December 10, 2018 at Grace Presbyterian Church. In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to the South Side Mission and the Gideons North Camp, Peoria. To share a memory or send a condolence for her family, visit www.masonfuneralhomes.com.