KEWANEE -- Deloris Frances Tollison, 64, entered this world on July 11, 1939, in Risco and departed peacefully on March 13, 2004, at her residence.
Ms. Tollison was a proud and devoted mother, grandmother, sister and aunt. She was a dependable person and a loyal friend to many. She was affectionate and quick to offer a hand, hug and a sympathetic ear. She possessed an outgoing personality and cared about her family and friends.
A housewife, babysitter, cook and certified nurse assistant throughout her lifetime, she loved caring and helping others. She enjoyed reading her Bible, attending church, talking about God, going to yard sales and flea markets, cooking and sewing and working in the garden. She was proud to be an American.
Ms. Tollison attended Calvary Pentecostal Church in Collinsville, Ill., for many years. She enjoyed organizing fund raisers and dinners. Two of her most noted fund-raiser dishes were peanut brittle and chocolate-covered pound cake eggs. In 2001, she moved to Kewanee and became a member of the Lilbourn United Pentecostal Church.
Her parents, Jack and Pauline Knight Pipkin; her brother, Roy Pipkin; son-in-law, Virgil Robertson Jr.; and a dear friend, Dave Kelemete, preceded her in death.
Survivors include eight children: three sons and two daughters-in-law: Johnny and Sharon Tollison of Kewanee, Kenny and Evelyn Tollison of New Madrid and Paul Tollison of Collinsville; and five daughters and three sons-in-law, Paul and John Proffitt of Lebanon, Ill., Crystal and Michael Epley of Williamsville, Sarah and Curtis Baumgartner of Collinsville, Abigail Tollison of Jefferson City and Rebekah Tollison of Troy, Ill.
Other survivors include: 11 grandchildren and their spouses, Paul and Jackie Tollison, Kendra Tollison, Brooke Tollison, Taylor Tollison, Melissa and Keith Canovi, Virgil and Chasity Robertson, Clayton Epley, Proffitt Epley, Joshua and Kim Epley, Rebekah Epley and Autumn Baumgartner; three great-grandchildren, Madison Canovi, Katelynn Canovi and Logan Tollison; three sisters and brothers-in-law, Emma and Charles Steward of South Haven, Miss., Mary and Donald Holt of Granite City, Ill., and Joan Pipkin of Kewanee; five brothers and sisters-in-law, Jackie Pipkin of Rector, Ark., Kenneth and Sue Pipkin, Edgar and DeeDee Pipkin, George and Donna Pipkin and Ronnie and Phyllis Pipkin, all of Kewanee. Many nieces, nephews, cousins, aunts, uncles and friends also survive.
Visitation is from 5 to 8 p.m. today at Richards Funeral Home in New Madrid.
Services will be at 1 p.m. Tuesday at the Lilbourn United Pentecostal Church with the Revs. Terry Russell and Darrell Pollock officiating.
Burial will follow in the Evergreen Cemetery at New Madrid.
Memorial contributions may be made to
Calvary Pentecostal Church
2118 S. Morrison
PO Box 142
Collinsville, IL 62234
Pentecostal Church 417 S. 4th St.
Lilbourn, MO 63862