Daphne Elaine Ayllon (nee Goldsmith), 88, born on January 8, 1925 in Kuttawa, KY asleep in Jesus on March 28, 2013 at St. Elizabeth's Hospital in Belleville, IL.
Ms. Ayllon was passionate about teaching, having a career in education which spanned 35 years in E. St. Louis, Long Beach, CA, and the vast majority of her career spent in district 175 @Harmon-Emge-Ellis. Daphne was a 20 year member of the Thursday Literary Club and a volunteer at the Women's Crisis Center in Belleville. She was a member of Westview Baptist Church.
Preceded in death by her parents, Clarence L. Goldsmith, Sr. and Ruby Goldsmith (nee Hayden); her spouse of nearly 37 years, Arnold Ayllon; a brother in infancy, Billy; a sister-in-law, Marion Goldsmith; and brothers-in-law, David Griffin and Robert Jennings.
Survived by her sons, Paul (Lynne) Ayllon and Robert B. Ayllon; grandchildren, Tiffany (Vance) Messer and Amy Jones; sisters, Isabelle Griffin and Phyllis Joan Jennings; and brothers, Dr. Clarence Hayden Goldsmith and Ronald (Mary Ann) Goldsmith.
Expressions of condolence may be offered at valhallagardensandfuneralhome.com.
In lieu of flowers, memorials are appreciated to the Women's Crisis Center or the Belleville Area Humane Society.
Visitation on Monday, April 1, 2013 from 4 p.m.-8 p.m. and at 10 a.m. on Tuesday, April 2 at Valhalla-Gaerdner-Holten Funeral Home, 3412 Frank Scott Pkwy West, Belleville, 62223 with a service to follow at 11 a.m. Entombment at Valhalla Gardens of Memory.