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Ardetta B. ‘Toots’ Pilgrim

Published: Wednesday, Sept. 3, 2014 1:15 a.m. CST

STERLING – Ardetta B. “Toots” Pilgrim, 91, of Sterling, went to heaven on Monday, Sept. 1, 2014.

Ardetta was born Oct. 27, 1922, in Rock Falls, weighing only 2 pounds, the daughter of Percy and Mable (Hoffman) Howard. She married Robert W. Pilgrim on Sept. 10, 1948. He preceded her in death in December 1990. Ardetta worked as a waitress, then at Green River Ordnance Plant, in farming, and later at Eaton. She enjoyed cooking, especially for others, garage sales, fishing, and reading Westerns. She was a member of Trinity Lutheran Church in Milledgeville and Sterling Veterans of Foreign Wars.

Survivors include one son, Terry Pilgrim of Milledgeville; one daughter, Twyla (Warren) Neubauer of Peoria; one sister, Margie Canterbury of Santa Clara, California; one niece, Shirley Wharfield of Rock Falls; five grandchildren, Sheila Dublo, Robert Pilgrim, Andrea Messenger, Angela Neubauer, and Morgan Pilgrim; and seven great-grandchildren.

She also was preceded in death by her parents; two brothers, William “Tubby” Howard and Earl Howard; and two sisters, Dorothy Akridge and Mary Jane Matthews; and two special friends, Kenneth Kradle Sr. and John “Jar” Reader.

Visitation will be from 10 to 11 a.m. Friday and the funeral at 11 a.m. Friday at McDonald Funeral Home in Rock Falls, with Dalmus Meeks, pastor of Harvest Time Bible Church in Rock Falls, officiating. Burial will be at Oak Knoll Memorial Park in Sterling.

A memorial has been established to the CGH Health Foundation for Women’s Health.

Visit mcdonaldfuneralhomes.com to send condolences.

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