DOROTHY I. DRONE 92 years old of Effingham formally of Ridgway, Illinois died peacefully on Thursday evening July 8, 2021, at 11:00 pm at Lavender Ridge Assisted Living, Effingham, Illinois where she had resided for the past few years.
Born: February 23, 1929, in Shawneetown, Illinois one of 5 siblings into the Christian family of Carney Rash. and Christina (Logsdon)-Rash-Frailey. Dorothy married William “Bill” Drone on January 12, 1948, in St. Mary’s Roman Catholic Church in Old Shawneetown, Illinois Besides being a homemaker and raising a family with her late husband Bill Drone she was also employed by the Skaggs-Reeder Drug Store for over 24 years.
(Eulogy by her dear friend, Gini Drone)
When we think of someone who was well-known and well thought of in and around Ridgway, you only have to say one word “Dot”. Whether she was refilling coffee cups, visiting with friends at their “round table” or counting pills at the local pharmacy, she always had a big smile and kind words for everyone.
Dot was a great cook and hostess to many friends and was incredibly involved with her family from their years though grandchildren and great grandchildren. They all loved spending time with Papa and Gramm’s and her superb cooking. Holidays and Popcorn Days saw the Drone home filled to capacity.
She was kind and considerate to neighbors and always showed up with food when friends were sick or someone she knew died. Dot had an infectious laugh and enjoyed reading, parties, family sports, playing bridge, traveling, cross stitching quilt blocks for children and grandchildren and just being with those she loved.
When her eyesight failed and took away a lot of her joys she still remained upbeat and good-natured.
Visitation for family and friends will be held Saturday, July 17, 2021, at St. Kateri Catholic Church, Ridgway, Illinois from 10:00 am until 11:30 am.
A funeral mass will be held at 11:30 am Saturday, July 17, 2021, at St. Kateri Catholic Church which will be live streamed at st.kateri facebook page for those who can not attend with Rev. Fr. Steven Beatty and Rev. Fr. Christian Iwagwu officiating.
Son: Jeffery Joseph Drone Altamont, Illinois
Daughter Misti (husband, Jeff) Jackson
and their son: Lucas Ridgway, Illinois
Sons: Cody (wife, Rebekah) Drone Charleston, Illinois
Shawn ( partner Paige Conner) Drone Altamont, Illinois
Stepsons: Nathan (wife, Annie) Klitzing Shiloh, Illinois
and their daughters: Adelynn, Sophia, and Violet
Nick (wife Brittany) Klitzing Chicago, Illinois
and their son John David
Stepdaughter: Cassidy (husband, Zach Lowry Beecher City, Illinois
and their daughters: Abigale, Julia, and Grace
2-Daughters: Patricia Louise (husband, David) Emerson Fishers, Indiana
Son: Bill (wife, Tara) Harris Fishers, Indiana
and their son Ethin
and daughters Natalie, Mia, Tatum, and Sadie
Daughters: Jessica (husband, Oliver) Richardson Chicago, Illinois
and their son: Hugo
Andrea (husband Michael) Webster Fishers, Indiana
and their son Michael
and daughters: Laine, Adison, Elle, and Cameron
Stepdaughter: Karla (husband, Trevor) Emerson-Scott
and their children Courtney, Zachary, Mallory, Kaylee, Paige, and Zachary
Debra Ann (husband, Lynn) Kull Altamont, Illinois
Daughter: Audrey (husband, Lucas) Kull-Lilly New Orleans, Louisiana
and their daughter: Vaeda
Son: Jordan Kull (deceased)
and his son Noah and brother Desmond Altamont, Illinois
Trenton (wife, Amber) Kull Altamont, Illinois
and their son: Braven and daughter: Emryn
Sister: Linda (Frailey) O’Neill Ivins, Utah
Brother-in-Law: Dennis Drone Tallula, Illinois
Sister-in-law: Marilyn Rash Griffith, Indiana
Dorothy was preceded in death by her:
Parents: Carney Rash Sr. and Christina Logsdon Rash-Frailey
Husband: William Joseph “Bill” Drone
March 31, 1928—September 18, 2014
2-Brothers: Carney and wife Ruby Rash Jr.
Sister: Eulene and husband Earl Heath
Brother-in-law: George O’Neill, Bob Little and Marion "Bud" Drone
Sisters-in-law: Betty and husband Ben Hale
Nephews: Bryan Little and John Heath
Nieces Susan (Drone) Coker and Judy Austin
In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to the Knights of Columbus, the Altar Society, and or the Donor’s choice.
Committal services will follow at St. Joseph Catholic Cemetery