Julia Irene (Odom) Whittington, 86, of Marion and formerly of Whittington, passed away on Sunday, September 12, 2021 at Integrity Healthcare of Carbondale. Irene was born in Benton, IL on August 31, 1935, the daughter of Paul and Julia (Beaty) Odom.
She married her high school sweetheart, Noel K Whittington, on December 12, 1952. He preceded her in death on September 19, 2007.
Prior to a prolonged illness, Irene attended First Freewill Baptist Church in Ina. She was proud to have been a homemaker, working alongside her husband on the family farm. Irene spent countless hours working in her yard and was often seen doing yard work by the light of a lawnmower. She loved her kids & grandkids, sewing, and cooking for friends and family.
Mrs. Whittington is survived by her: Children: Marsha Whittington Rea of Benton Michael (Donna) Whittington of Marion
4 Grandchildren: Whitney Rea Winstead of Benton Haley (Cory) Rea Smith of Benton Lindsay (Nate) Whittington Bisel of Bowling Green, KY Nathaniel Whittington of Marion
5 great grandchildren: Bentley Rea, Blakely Pavin and Bristol Leeann Smith Sawyer Michael and Harper Amelia Winstead.
In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by her Husband, infant daughter Patty Jean, Son-In-Law Monty Rea, and her brothers James Odom and Everett Odom.
Funeral service will be conducted by Morton-Johnston Funeral Home in Benton, with Pastor Mark Minor officiating. Those attending the service are requested to please meet at the Funeral Home and stay in your vehicle. Procession to graveside funeral service will begin at 10:30 a.m. on Saturday, September 18, 2021. Burial will be in the Masonic and Oddfellows Cemetery in Benton.
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