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Dorothy J Cole

March 23, 1927 ~ January 15, 2024 (age 96) 96 Years Old

Dorothy Cole Obituary

Dorothy J. Cole passed away peacefully in her sleep on January 15, 2024, at the age of 96 at Lutheran Hillside Village,  in Peoria, IL.

Dorothy is survived by her children, Doug of East Peoria, Dave (Kathy) of Germantown Hills, Richard (Alice) of Washington, and her sister Lucille Probyn of Smoot, WY. Her husband John, brother Gale McCullough, and daughter-in-law Linda Cole preceded her in death.

Dorothy was born on March 23, 1927, on a farm in Sparland, IL, to Raymond and Ruth McCullough.

After graduating from Sparland High School in 1945, she moved to the Y.W.C.A. in downtown Peoria and worked at the Duroc Swine Association, Cilco, and Hanna Medical Clinic. In 1948, her brother Gale, who attended Bradley University, asked if she wanted to go dancing at the "Ing" with his really nice Bradley roommate. You guessed it.

She married John on August 14, 1949. They were devoted to each other and inseparable for 68 years. They enjoyed and were proud of their three sons, seven grandchildren, 17 great-grandchildren, and three great-grandchildren. Family gatherings were always filled with lots of fun and love.

Her personal talent for sewing began with a 4-H project that her mother helped her with at age 10. Throughout the years, she made nearly all her clothes and many clothing items for family gifts, including larger projects like church banners. She also enjoyed memberships in homemakers and book clubs for over 30 years.

They took many vacations and traveled to all 50 states in this wonderful country. In 1981, they began square dancing with the Caterpillar Square Dance Club. For 29 years, they enjoyed dancing 2-3 times per week locally and many weekend dances in neighboring cities and states.

She is a member of Crossroads Global Methodist Church in Washington.

Visitation will be from 10 to 11 AM on Wednesday, January 24, 2024, at Crossroads Global Methodist Church, 1420 N Main St, Washington, IL. The funeral service will follow at 11 AM. Graveside services will be at 1 PM at La Prairie United Presbyterian Cemetery, 701 County Road 400E, Sparland, IL. Lunch will follow. In lieu of flowers, please make donations to Crossroads Global Methodist Church in Washington. Mason-White Funeral Home in Washington is assisting the family with arrangements. To share a memory or condolence to her family, visit www.masonfuneralhomes.com.

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January 24, 2024

10:00 AM to 11:00 AM
Crossroads Global Methodist Church
1420 N Main St
Washington, IL 61571

Funeral Service
January 24, 2024

11:00 AM
Crossroads Global Methodist Church
1420 N Main St
Washington, IL 61571

Graveside Service
January 24, 2024

1:00 PM
LaPrairie United Presbyterian Cemetery
701 County Road 400E
Sparland, IL 61565


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