Elliott Family – Kevin, Tasha, Wyatt & Madison Elliott
Kevin James Elliott, 38, Tasha Quinn Byers Elliott, 36, Wyatt Elliott, 11 and Madison Elliott, 7, died Sunday, February 3, 2008 as the result of an automobile accident in Hamilton, IL.
Kevin was born on July 6, 1969 in Fort Madison, IA, the son of James and Janet Wallingford Elliott. Tasha was born on June 28, 1971 in Freeport, IL, a daughter of Wayne E. And Carol A. Heeren Byers.
They married on June 20, 1992 in Galena, IL. The couple was blessed with two children, Wyatt James, who was born on June 1, 1996 in Quincy, IL and Madison Quinn, who was born on May 11, 2000 in Quincy, IL.
Survivors include: James and Cheryl Elliott of Revere, MO, who are Kevin’s father and step-mother, Tasha’s father and mother-in-law and Wyatt and Madison’s grandparents; Wayne and Carol Byers of Pearl City, IL, who are Tasha’s parents, Kevin’s mother and father-in-law and Wyatt and Madison’s grandparents; Louis Wallingford of Farmington, IA, who is Kevin’s grandmother and Wyatt & Madison’s great grandmother; Edith and Harold Heeren of Shannon, IL, who are Tasha’s grandparents and Wyatt & Madison’s great grandparents; Martha Byers of Shannon, IL, who is Tasha’s grandmother and Wyatt and Madison’s great grandmother; Dena (and Doug) Schmeizer and their children, Sabrina and Vanessa of Revere, MO, who are Kevin’s sister, brother-in-law and nieces, Tasha’s sister and brother-in-law and nieces and aunt, uncle and cousins to Wyatt and Madison; Perry W. (and Luann) Byers of Byron, IL and their children, Brix, Bryn and Base, who are Tasha’s brother, sister-in-law, nieces and nephews, Kevin’s brother-in-law, sister-in-law, nieces and nephew, and aunt, uncle and cousins to Wyatt and Madison; Shawn E. (And Sheri) Byers of Davis Junction, IL and their children, Amanda, Logan and Erika, who are Tasha’s brother, sister-in-law, nieces and nephews, Kevin’s brother-in-law, sister-in-law, nieces and nephew, and aunt, uncle and cousins to Wyatt and Madison; Marcia (and Bill) Stewart of Kahoka, MO, Richard (and Jennifer) Elliott of Carson, IA, Terry (and Maria) Elliott of Moraga, CA, Linda (and Don) Vanover of Shelbyville, MO and Betty Halberstadt of Revere, MO, who are Kevin’s aunts and uncles and Wyatt and Madison’s great aunts and uncles; Joe and Jeff Miller of Lanark, IL, Barb and Steve Burke of Mt. Morris, IL and Norm and Doris Byers of Lanark, IL who are Tasha’s aunts and uncles and Wyatt and Madison’s great aunts and great uncles. The family is also survived by many cousins, friends and school affiliates.
Kevin is preceded in death by his mother: Janet Elliott, his grandparents: George and Margaret Elliott, his maternal grandfather: Charles Wallingford, his uncle: C. Dean Wallingford and a cousin: Adrian Wallingford. Tasha was preceded in death by her paternal grandfather: Leo Byers.
Kevin graduated from Clark Count R-1 High School in 1987 in Kahoka, MO and graduated from Lincoln Tech in Des Moines, IA in 1988. Kevin worked as a Resource Conservation Technician, SWCD from 1994 – 1998 in Clark County, MO, from 1998-1999 in Hancock County, IL and from 1999-2006 in Henderson County. Currently, Kevin worked at Tri-State Collision in Hamilton, IL. Kevin was a member of Anson Community Church.
Tasha graduated from Highland Community College and Western Illinois University in Macomb, IL. She taught 5th grade at Hamilton Elementary School for several years before accepting the position of principal. Kevin raced B-modified stock cars and was building a sprint car. Kevin loved hunting, fishing, computers, watching movies, playing X-box, watching NASCAR and cooking for friends and family. Kevin, Tasha and the children spent time together 4-Wheel Riding and working on Kevin’s cars. Tasha also enjoyed spending time with the many friends she had made through the Hamilton school system. Tasha and Kevin had adventurous spirits, a zest for life and were always ready to meet new friends and face new challenges.
Wyatt loved fishing, hunting, 4-Wheel Riding and telling stories. He loved spending time with Base and Logan, sharing advice on world topics and ganging up on Brix, with Bryn being his first love. He enjoyed vacationing with his entire family in the Wisconsin Dells, roaring down the water slides and basking in the sun. Wyatt loved going to Grandpa Jim’s farm and helping him work calves and ride the John Deere Antique Tractors. Madison loved any form of art – cutting, glueing, painting and displaying her art work. She loved shopping, lunching and playing with make-up. She loved to read, write and tell stories. She was very social, loved animals and enjoyed investigating and inspecting the world around her. She was a member of Brownies and a role model for Erika, while quizzing Amanda about nursing. Madison also loved sleep-overs with Sabrina and Vanessa, her cousins, where she loved seeing her horse and foal. The family loved life in general, loved their friends and family and lived life to the fullest.
Family met with friends from 5:00 to 9:00 P.M. Friday, February 8, 2008 at Lamporte – St. Clair Funeral Home in Carthage. Friends may call after 2:00 P.M. Friday at the Lamporte – St.Clair Funeral Home of Carthage. Funeral Services were held at 1:00 P.M. Saturday; February 9, 2008 at Hamilton Elementary School; Hamilton, Illinois with Rev. Mark Horn officiating. Burial in Anson Cemetery in Anson, MO. Memorials have been established in memory of The Elliott Family. Lamporte – St. Clair Funeral Home of Carthage in charge of arrangements.