Carolyn J. Stokes

Carolyn J. Stokes

Carolyn J. Stokes, 83, of St. Joseph, died at 12:10 p.m. Tuesday, Oct. 20, 2020, at the Southgate Nursing and Rehabilitation Center in Metropolis.

She was born on May 24, 1937, in Pulaski, the daughter of Benjamin and Daisy McDaniel Dulaney.

She was a member of the Mt. Pleasant Baptist Church in Pulaski. She worked at PDQ Printing Company in Urbana.

She enjoyed her loving family, including her grandchildren; cooking, gardening and growing roses. She loved to take walks in her neighborhood and work outdoors. She enjoyed attending auctions with her late husband, Butch, of 52 years.

She was preceded in death by her parents; her husband, Henry Harrison “Butch” Stokes, on June 25, 2009; brothers Norman and Albert Dulaney; sisters Ruth Smith and Frances Cockrell; two infant sisters; and one infant brother.

Survivors include two daughters, Georgia (Mervin) Benting of St. Joseph and Donna (Harold) Little of Grand Chain; a son, Donald Stokes (Bill Doggett) of Naples, Fla.; a brother, Joe Dulaney of Urbana; three sisters, Helen Huitt of Ripley, Miss., Wanda Dulaney of Ripley, Miss., and Ann Matlock of Mississippi; four grandchildren, Katie Barton, Emily Gregg, Ben Little and Eric Little; great-grandchildren Aubrey Barton, Chase Gregg, Zoey Little, Megan Gold, Serenidy Little, Ja’Braylen Little and Jordan Little; several nieces and nephews.

Funeral services will be at 11 a.m. Saturday, Oct. 24, at Freese Funeral Home in St. Joseph, with Pastor Tom Anders officiating. Interment is to follow in Patterson Cemetery in St. Joseph.

Pallbearers will be Mervin Benting, Harold Little, Donald Stokes, Ben Little, Matt Barton and Kyle Gregg.

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Jones Funeral Home Villa Ridge was in charge of local arrangements.

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