Make a Difference: 4-H for 3 generations

Patrece Dayton

CLARK COUNTY, Ill. (WTHI) – Inspirational, loving, and spunky.

These three words have been used to describer one Casey, Illinois woman who is beloved by her Clark County community.

This 89-year-old woman oozes personality, and love of children.

A summer tradition in the Wabash Valley is county fairs.

It’s a time for local 4-H kids to show off their hard work with their beloved animals and projects.

The 4-H program in Clark County boasts an icon of sorts, and she goes by the name Eleanor Markwell.

Eleanor has spent the last 59 years mentoring 4-H students.

That is why we went to the fairgrounds to recognize her decades of service with the Make a Difference Award.

Eleanor has taught three generations of 4-H’ers.

On this night, when Eleanor received her Make a Difference, students past and present lined up to congratulate her.

“I’ve had her as a 4-H leader since i was eight years old,” Sara Hosefield, an 11 year member of 4H under Eleanor’s direction told us.

Now, her daughter is in the group.

Eleanor has literally had hundreds of kids over the past 59 years.

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