NEWMAN, IL – Cindy Jean Dudley, age 63, of Newman and formerly of Charleston, passed away peacefully on Tuesday, October 13, 2020 while at Mattoon Rehabilitation & Health Care Center. A graveside service, honoring and celebrating her life will be held at 12:30 p.m. on Friday, October 16, 2020 at Roselawn Cemetery in Charleston. Charitable donations in her honor may be made to the Coles County Animal Shelter or to a charity of the donor’s preference and may be left at the graveside service or mailed to Adams Funeral Chapel, 2330 Shawnee Drive, Charleston, IL 61920.
Cindy was born November 9, 1956 in Pana, Illinois, and was a daughter of the late Tom “T.A.” and Carrie Ann Jean (Porter) Sidwell. She married Thomas Dudley on July 9, 1992 in Charleston and they have celebrated 28 years of marriage. In addition to her loving and devoted husband, left to cherish her memory is a brother, Charles A. “Zandy” Gatewood of Rosamond, Illinois and a sister, Marsha Combs-Skinner and husband Larry of Newman, Illinois; a brother-in-law, Mike Dudley and wife Barb of Brocton, Illinois; and several nieces, nephews and their families, whom she truly loved, Shirley Pate of Janesville, Wisconsin, Crystal Maton and husband John “Brillo” of Pana, Illinois, Neely Hicks and husband John of Rochester, Illinois, Tiffany McCammon and husband Roy of Oakland, Illinois, Tracy Skinner and fiancé Ethan Brewer of Newman, Chad Dudley and wife Kimberly and Robert Dudley and wife Roseann, all of Brocton, Illinois. In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by a sister-in-law, Beverly Gatewood; two brothers-in-law, Richard Combs and Stephen Dudley; her father-in-law, Robert Dudley; and mother-in-law, Patsy Ward.
Cindy was a graduate of Charleston High School and was employed with the Eastern Illinois University Security Office as a police dispatcher. After leaving EIU, she worked briefly at the Coles County 911 Call Center, and after relocating to Newman, she worked as a receptionist for her sister at Marsha Skinner Law Offices.
Cindy was fond of all animals but dearly loved her dogs, Joey and Bee Bee! Her spare time was spent enjoying a good book, crocheting her next afghan, or cooking her family’s favorite foods. She also enjoyed being out on the road with Tom, traveling to new sites and sharing unforgettable times. Cindy loved her family dearly and treasured their many memorable moments together. She will be truly missed and always remembered with loving devotion.
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