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Donna Marie Gillis Weeden, 93, made her heavenly journey on Monday, May 7, 2018, at Oakcrest Retirement Center in DeKalb, Illinois.
She was born in DeKalb on December 11, 1924, to George and Jessie (Ashelford) Gillis and graduated from DeKalb High School in 1942. She and many of her friends worked at and made many memories at DeKalb Ag, both in the office and in the field. Donna married Charles L. Weeden in DeKalb on April 13, 1946, and engaged in farming with her husband until retirement. Donna was active in Sycamore United Methodist Church and a member of the United Methodist Women. She was a long time member of DeKalb County Home Extension serving in many capacities, including 4-H leader of the Mayfield Mayflowers. Donna was a member of the DeKalb County Quilters' Guild and spent many years researching her family genealogy. Later in life, Donna and Chuck wintered in San Juan, TX, travelled around the world through Friendship Force, and square danced the night away with the Whirlaway Club. Gardening was her passion and her peace. Above all, her family was her life.
She is survived by her husband, Charles L. Weeden, also at Oakcrest; children, Charles A. Weeden and Kathleen Weeden Johnson, both of Sycamore, and Thomas (Judy Rejebian) Weeden of California; grandchildren, Christopher (Michelle Lane) Weeden, Amanda James and Michael Schraepfer; great-grandchildren, Ethan, Sira, Joss and Tatum James, Elery Leahy, Trayton Weeden and Ryker Weeden; sister, Nancy Gillis of California; and many nieces and nephews.
She was predeceased by her parents and brothers, Roger Gillis and Larry Gillis.
A memorial service will be held at 11:30 am Friday, May 18, at the United Methodist Church of Sycamore, 160 Johnson Ave., followed by lunch provided by the UMC Women. Interment at Elmwood Cemetery follows lunch for all who wish to participate. Visitation will start at 10 am at the church.
Memorials can be made to Northwestern Medicine Hospice of DeKalb or the American Cancer Society.
Arrangements are by Olson Funeral & Cremation Services, Quiram Sycamore Chapel, 1245 Somonauk St., Sycamore, Ill.


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