Esteleen Wise Harney, who was a master quilter and longtime genealogist, went home to be with her Lord and Savior on May 10, 2017, passing away at the Community Parkview Care Center of Elwood, following a lengthy
illness at the age of 96.
She was born April 25, 1921, to Hazel (Bower)and Wilbert Wise, and raised
in Elwood. She attended Elwood High School with the class of 1939 until she
was 16, and later received her GED. After her marriage to Carey Eugene Harney (deceased in 2000), they spent most of their 63 years of marriage in Elwood and at their lake residence in Warsaw. She enjoyed life for all of her 96 years.
Her love for alteration sewing and hand quilting eventually led to the desire to share her knowledge by teaching quilting classes in Elwood. Over the years she was known to be active in the Elwood community. She was a Brownie leader, member of the Daughters of the American Revolution, Daughters of the American Colonies, 49ers Home Economic Club, Elwood Genealogy Club, Madison County Historical Society, Business Professional Women, and Order of Eastern
She also worked at Smith-Alsop's Paint store in Elwood. She loved doing art works, painting and drawing.
Esteleen was a member of the Bethel Baptist Church for several years and was a member of their choir. Those who knew Esteleen knew her to be a gentle, honest, friendly, and caring person who trusted in the lord. She enjoyed having her family, relatives, and friends around her. A special "thank you" to the workers and owners of the Community Parkview Care Center & Assisted Living
of Elwood and to Dr. Robert Helm for his years of care.
She is survived by two children, daughter Eugenia Lutes of Clarendon, N.Y.; son, Estel (wife, Aleda) Harney of Anderson; four grandsons, Kevin Harney, Kristopher Harney, Eric Lutes, and Scott (Christine) Lutes; six great-grandchildren; eight great-great-grandchidren, with two more on
the way; nieces, Marcile Wise, Patty (Wise) Moss (husband, Larry), Debbie Wise,
Linda (Wise) Deavers, Marilyn Rosaur; nephews, Roger Wise, Jim Wise (wife,
Jean Ann), and Jerry Wise; and a dear and close sister-In-law, Joann Wise.
She was preceded in death by her husband, Carey Eugene; parents, Hazel Wilbert; an infant daughter, Hazel Lucretia; two brothers, Cedric Wise and Wilbert Junior Wise; a grandson, Noel Lutes; son-in-law, Arthur Lutes; and a very close aunt, Viola "Bootsie" Knotts.
A memorial of life service will be held at the Jackley-Landrum Funeral Home on Monday with visitation from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. with services at 2 p.m. conducted by the Rev. Neil Brown of Omega Christian Church,
followed by interment at the Elwood City Cemetery.
Published on  May 12, 2017