Darlene Dodds

TOLONO – Darlene Joan Dodds, 81, of Tolono passed away at 9:25 a.m. Monday (Dec. 10, 2012) at Illini Heritage Nursing Home, Champaign.

Funeral services will be at 10 a.m. Friday, Dec. 14, 2012, at First Baptist Church of Tolono, 204 W. Holden St., Tolono, with the Rev. Michael J. Frazier officiating. Burial will be in Bailey Memorial Cemetery, Tolono. Visitation will be from 5 to 7 p.m. Thursday at Freese Funeral Home, Tolono.

Mrs. Dodds was born Feb. 20, 1931, in Champaign, a daughter to John and Ruth Collins Bailey. She married Jay Dodds on May 24, 1950. He preceded her in death.

Surviving are three children, Debbie (Frank) Revell, John (Janelle) Dodds and Susan (Kent) Plackett, all of Tolono; 13 grandchildren; 16 great-grandchildren; a brother, Ray Bailey of San Diego, Calif.; and two sisters, Stephanie Purkey of Bloomington and Brenda Wisehart of Champaign.

She was preceded in death by two sons, her parents, a brother and a sister.

Mrs. Dodds retired from the Champaign Post Office after more than 30 years of service.

Memorials may be made to the American Diabetes Association or the First Baptist Church of Tolono.

Her family would like to give thanks to the staff of the Illini Heritage Nursing Home.

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