CHARLESTON, IL – Dorothy Geneva Rardin, age 99 of Charleston, went to her Heavenly Home on Sunday, April 19, 2020. A private family visitation and service will be held at Adams Funeral Chapel in Charleston with Pastor Steve Hayes officiating. Burial will follow in Janesville Cemetery, rural Janesville, Illinois. In lieu of flowers, memorials in her honor may be made to the Charleston Carnegie Public Library and mailed in care of Adams Funeral Chapel, 2330 Shawnee Drive, Charleston, Illinois 61920.
Dorothy was born December 19, 1920 in Fairgrange, Illinois and was the daughter of the late Charles and Irma (DeWitt) Fuller. She married Ivan Rardin on September 7, 1940 in St. Charles, Missouri and they were married 57 years prior to his death on December 16, 1997. Left to cherish their many fond memories are her daughters, JoEllen Hickenbottom and husband Jim of Charleston and Carolyn Rardin Spillman Phelps of White Rock British Columbia; five grandchildren, Jeremy Hickenbottom and wife Laura of Teutopolis, Illinois and Jake Hickenbottom and wife Meagan of Urbana, Illinois, Elizabeth Flores and husband Richard of Downey, California, Charles Spillman and wife Sue of Bermuda Dunes, California and Cary Spillman and wife Robin of Oceanside, California; 11 great-grandchildren; 7 great-great-grandchildren; and several nieces and nephews. In addition to her parents and husband, she was preceded in death by her son, Gary Lee Rardin; her brother, Charles Fuller and an infant brother and sister.
Dorothy was a 1939 graduate of Charleston High School. Her church membership is with North Side Baptist Church in Charleston and she was a former member of the Sopha C Chapter of Eastern Star. While living at Cougill Senior Apartments she served as President of the Residents Council and was a member of their Red Hat Society. Dorothy was employed by the Charleston Carnegie Public Library and enjoyed 14 years as the children’s librarian. She and Ivan also owned the Tinkley Bell Music Store from 1970 – 1980.
Dorothy’s hobbies included reading, traveling and family camping trips. She was genuinely kind, generous and considerate, placing the needs of others before her own. Her ever pleasant attitude and light-hearted sense of humor made it delightful to be in her company. Dorothy valued and treasured her many friends and the blessings of a loving and devoted family.
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The Funeral Service celebrating the life of Dorothy Rardin was held at 11:30 a.m. on Thursday, April 23, 2020 at Adams Funeral Chapel with Pastor Steve Hayes officiating. Musical selections included "Old Rugged Cross", "Amazing Grace", and "I Can Only Imagine". Burial followed in Janesvaille Cemetery and pallbearers included Jim Hickenbottom, Jeremy Hickenbottom and Jason Hickenbottom.
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