Dorothy M. Atwell

1915-2008

Wednesday, February 6, 2008

KEWANEE - Dorothy Mae Atwell, 92, Kewanee, died at 5 p.m. Monday (Feb. 4, 2008) at OSF Holy Family Medical Center, Monmouth.

Funeral will be at 1 p.m. Saturday, Feb. 9, at First Presbyterian Church, Kewanee. Dr. James Breed and Pastor Sally Ekstrand will officiate. Visitation will be one hour before the service. Burial will be in Pleasant View Cemetery. Memorials may be made to First Presbyterian Church, Kewanee, W.H.S. Frank Craig Scholarship Fund or Abilities Plus.

Dorothy was born in Kewanee on Feb. 26, 1915, to James Wilson Taylor and Flora Mae (Motley) Taylor. Dorothy is survived by one daughter, Nancy (Steve) Buban of Monmouth; two grandsons, Christopher of Monmouth and Peter of Eugene, Ore.; three great-grandchildren, Caroline, Amy and Stephen; a sister, Frances Knopke of Tampa, Fla.; a sister-in-law, Lela Taylor of Rock Island; and a sister and brother-in-law, Lawrence and Helen Atwell of Atkinson. Also surviving are several nephews and nieces and many dear friends. Dorothy was preceded in death by her parents; a brother in infancy; a sister, Ethel Ingels; and a brother, Richard Taylor.

Dorothy graduated from Wethersfield High School in 1932. She lived most of her life in and around Kewanee. During WWII she worked for Consolidated Air Craft in San Diego, Calif., and later at Caron Spinning Mills in Rochelle. Returning to Kewanee, she worked for S.S. Kresge store and retired from Lee's Smart Wear in 1979. In retirement Dorothy became a volunteer at Kewanee Hospital, where she delivered mail, circulated the book cart and delivered Meals on Wheels. She worked for her church, First Presbyterian, where she was a 50-year member. At her church she enjoyed reciting verse and participating in church plays. She was known for her pie baking and contributed hundreds of pies to bake sales in the community. She was a member of Church Women United, Kewanee Church Fellowship and Royal Oaks Auxiliary where she held several offices. Dorothy participated in and was treasurer for the CROP WALK and performed at functions as DoDo the clown. In 1996 she was the Abilities Plus Volunteer of the year and was inducted into the Western Illinois Area Gallery of Ageless Achievers in 1997. Dorothy was an avid reader and letter and card writer.

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