ROCHELLE — Imogene L. Stoneking died Thursday, July 30, 2020 at the age of 81 in Rochelle, Ill.
Imogene was born to Daniel and Violet Vancil on July 12, 1939 in Galesburg, Ill.
She married Marlin Stoneking on Nov. 4, 1957. Together, they raised three children, Craig, Kyle and Kim.
A staunch supporter of higher education, she received an accounting degree in 1985 and a Bachelor of Arts from Western Illinois University in 2000. Imogene worked several jobs through her years, but most notably worked at the Nashville Banner newspaper as an executive assistant. In her later years, she worked as a substitute teacher.
Imogene had a great passion for gardening and plants that was only superseded by her love for her grandchildren and great-grandchildren. Imogene also had a great fondness for dogs and lived her remaining years with her best friend and loyal companion, Marley, in Rochelle.
Imogene’s curiosity led her to avidly read and to try and learn new skills or hobbies. One of her proudest accomplishments was learning to swim at an older age.
She was preceded in death by her husband, Marlin; her parents; and her sister, Beverly.
She is survived by her sisters, Alice Wilson, Sharon Taflinger, Dorothy Tank and Linda Eastburg; her children, Craig Stoneking, Kyle (Shari) Stoneking, and Kim (Troy) Williams; her grandchildren, Daniel (Stephanie) Williams, Cassandra Palmer (Zack), Shawn (Liz) Stoneking, Kirsten (Mark) Guzman, Kurtis Stoneking, Madison and Dustin; and 10 great-grandchildren.
A celebration of life and graveside memorial service will be held at Alpha Cemetery on Aug. 15 at 11 a.m.
In lieu of flowers, donations to the Daniel & Stephanie Williams Fund for the Arts can be made in Imogene’s name. Checks can be mailed to The Rochelle Area Community Foundation P.O. Box 74 Rochelle, IL 61068.