CHARLESTON, IL – Malora Emaline Cougill, who celebrated 103 years of life, passed away on Tuesday, June 15, 2021. Visitation for family and friends will begin at noon on Sunday, June 20, 2021, at Adams Funeral Chapel in Charleston. The funeral service, honoring and celebrating her life, will follow at 1:00 p.m. with Pastor Matthew Philbrick officiating. A private committal service to be attended by her immediate family will be held at Rest Haven Memorial Gardens in Mattoon. In lieu of flowers, it is requested that memorial gifts be made to a charity of the donor’s preference.
Emaline, as she was known to most, was born March 28, 1918, in Cumberland County, Illinois and was one of eleven children born to the late Charlie and Maude (VanTassel) Vaughn. She married Oral Cougill on July 27, 1940, and he preceded her on February 23, 1986, after 45 years of marriage. She is survived by her children, Roscoe McDaniel Cougill and wife Sallie of Charleston, Susan Jane Cougill of Palm Springs, California, and Sarah Jean Cougill of Charleston; two grandsons, Christopher Cougill and wife Andrea and Andrew Cougill and wife Bethanny; four great-grandchildren, Hailey, Scout, Audi, and Charlie Cougill; and numerous nieces and nephews. In addition to her parents and husband, Emaline was preceded by all her siblings, Mamie Carlen, Millie Ashby, Mona Gilbert, Thomas Vaughn, Clinton Vaughn, Albert Vaughn, Nolen Vaughn, Clive Vaughn, and Clarel Vaughn, as well as an infant sibling.
As a young girl, Emaline joined the Jack Oak Church of God, where her membership remained throughout her life. She was employed at the Brown Shoe Company and the Bel-Aire Lanes Bowling Alley for a short time. Primarily, Emaline was devoted to being a homemaker, and would often take in ironing to help with family expenses. As an avid bowler, she was a member of the Women’s Bowling Association, and many hours were spent playing cards with family, friends, and members of various card clubs. Emaline was a life member of the Charleston VFW Ladies Auxiliary Paul McVey Post 1592 and was dedicated in providing crocheted lap robes for our veterans at the Danville VA.
Emaline’s devotion to her family was first and foremost and she beamed with pride when talking of them - especially when her grandchildren and great-grandchildren were the topic of conversation. Her unwavering love and affection are gifts that will always be treasured along with the many fond memories of special times shared.
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