Paxton — Dorothy Jean Bloomquist, 91, a lifelong Paxton resident, passed away at 3:41 a.m. Wednesday (Dec. 19, 2018) at Accolade Healthcare of Paxton Senior Living.
Funeral services will be held at noon Saturday, Dec. 22, 2018, at Baier Family Funeral Services, 406 E. Pells St., Paxton, with Pastor David Parker officiating. Burial will follow in Glen Cemetery, Paxton.
Visitation will be two hours before the service from 10 a.m. to noon Saturday at the funeral home.
Dorothy was born March 23, 1927, in Paxton, the daughter of Harry and Merle Rardin Hollister. She married John Noble Bloomquist on Sept. 17, 1950. He preceded her in death July 2, 1998.
She is survived by two daughters, Barbara Connally of Naperville and Lynn Elliott of Paxton; a son, Brian Bloomquist of Paxton; four grandchildren, Jason Elliott of Champaign, Neil Elliott of Naples, Fla., Erik Bloomquist of Rockford and Audrey Bloomquist of Champaign; and a great-granddaughter, Sway Ann Elliott.
She was also preceded in death by her parents; two sisters, Norma Kenny and Betty Swick; and a son-in-law, Thor Connally.
Dorothy was a fourth-generation Paxton resident and graduated from Paxton High School in 1945. She had worked for Zander’s Woman’s Clothing in Paxton and in the cafeteria of Paxton High School.
She was a member of the Evangelical Covenant Church, Paxton, and a member of several church groups. She was also a member of the Paxton Woman’s Club, Ford County Historical Society and Ford County Home Extension.
Dorothy enjoyed vacationing, traveling the country with family, camping in tents, foldout campers and in later years a motor home. After Noble’s death in 1998, she continued to be active in two camping clubs — Chamco Sams and TWT’s. She continued to drive her 32-foot motor home until the age of 86.
She was an accomplished knitter and crocheter. During her last few years, every baby born to a Covenant Church family received a hand-knit/crocheted baby blanket.
In lieu of other expressions of sympathy, memorials may be made to the Evangelical Covenant Church, Paxton. Condolences may be offered at www.baierfuneralservices.com.