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(December 7, 1924 - August 10, 2013)

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Sheila Ruth Adkinson, 88, of DeKalb, Illinois, died Saturday, August 10, 2013, at home.

Born December 7, 1924, in Shabbona, the daughter of Orville and Bernice (Fleenor) Johnson, Sheila married William Cecil “Bill” Adkinson on February 1, 1947, in DeKalb.

During World War II, Sheila served as part of the Women’s Auxiliary Support patrol. She was employed as a secretary for 20 years at Northern Illinois University and later as a Realtor at Adolph Miller Agency for several years. Sheila was a member of First Baptist Church of DeKalb.

She is survived by her children, the Rev. Rodger (Elaine) Adkinson of Willow Springs, Missouri, Douglas Adkinson of DeKalb, Kathy Hartness of DeKalb and Janice (Bill) Bolen of Moorehead, Kentucky; 14 grandchildren; 45 great-grandchildren; eight great-great-grandchildren; brother, Elmer Johnson of DeKalb; sisters, Orva (Dan) Carson of Maple Park and Bernice Gore of Kennewick, Washington; and several nieces and nephews.

She was preceded in death by her husband, Bill, on October 12, 2012; son, John; son-in-law, Greg Hartness; and great-granddaughter, Collette.

The memorial service will be held at 11 a.m. Friday, August 16, at First Baptist Church, 349 South Third Street, DeKalb, with her son, the Rev. Rodger Adkinson of First General Baptist Church, Willow Springs, Missouri, officiating. Burial of cremated remains will be at Fairview Park Cemetery, DeKalb.

In lieu of flowers, memorials can be made to the Sheila R. Adkinson Memorial Fund, sent in care of Anderson Funeral Home, P.O. Box 605, 2011 South Fourth Street, DeKalb, IL 60115.

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