Illa L. Carrington

DIXON – Illa Lucille Carrington, 85, of Dixon, was welcomed joyfully into heaven Thursday, Dec. 12, 2013, at Dixon Healthcare and Rehabilitation Center.

She was born April 18, 1928, in Harvey, the daughter of Robert and Myrtle (Colebank) Willstead. She married James C. Carrington on Sept. 4, 1946, in Clinton, Iowa. He preceded her in death on Aug. 2, 1987. She had farmed alongside her husband, and previously worked at Raynor Door, Admiral Corp., and at Victory Cafe as a waitress. She also worked as a certified nursing assistant for several years, never stopping to administer to others until the day the Lord called her home. She was a member of St. Patrick Catholic Church in Dixon, Catholic Women’s Club, and the Body Recall Group. 

She was a nurturing and empowering teacher, always willing to help others in need. She provided others with the learning and tools that helped them either complete the task at hand or better their lives. She was happy to see others succeed and was particularly proud of the accomplishments of her children, grandchildren, and great-grandchildren.

She is survived by one son, John (Sandra) Carrington of Dixon; two daughters, Carol (Roger) Corning of Dixon, and Linda (Scott) Campbell of Rhinelander, Wis; son-in-law, Stephen Holbert of Freeport; 11 grandchildren; 15 great-grandchildren; and one brother, Art (Wanda) Willstead of Woosung.

She was preceded in death by a daughter, Karen Holbert; a grandson, John David Carrington; and a granddaughter, Marcella Corning.

Cremation rites have been accorded. Services will be at a later date. Jones Funeral Home in Dixon is handling arrangements.

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