Doris Ann Funston
Doris Ann Funston was born on Dec. 31, 1942, in Mound City, the daughter of June Anna Trammell and James Russell McGill, the third of five children. She died on Dec. 1, 2020.
She spent her childhood in rural Illinois growing up along the Ohio River, where early on she demonstrated her musical talents playing the clarinet, accordion, organ and singing in choir.
She was a competition vocalist placing second in the Illinois High School Association state finals for classical music.
She enjoyed playing baseball, softball, basketball and other sports with her siblings and neighborhood friends.
During her high school years, she worked alongside her mother as a waitress at the local bus station, where she met and married her high school sweetheart, Robert (Bob) Hodge, in 1960. Doris and Bob had a family of four children.
After several years in Illinois, she moved many times, living in Texas, Missouri and California before settling in Trona, Calif., in 1973, where she met and married her second husband, Lyle Donald Funston; they raised nine children together.
She was a devoted mother, grandmother, great-grandmother, sister and aunt. Nothing gave her more joy than to spend time and share her love with her family and closest fiends.
During her life, she was an excellent home chef, hobby rancher and gardener, seasoned yard sale shopper with a keen eye for a bargain.
She enjoyed preparing large, home-cooked meals for her children, grandchildren, great-grandchildren and friends.
She was an adventurous woman, who loved to travel the United States, Canada and Mexico, taking road trips as often as she could.
She enjoyed reading, watching Westerns, singing karaoke with her friends and playing Mahjong puzzles on her computer.
Her faith in God was unwavering. She was a member of the First Southern Baptist Church of Mound City.
She was preceded in death by her daughter, Heidi June Hodge; her parents, Russell and June McGill; brothers Lester Keith McGill (Norma) and Lynn Ray McGill.
She is survived by her two sisters, Linda Johnson (Sammy) and Barbara Crecelius; three remaining children, Doris Van Horn (Bobby), Bobby Hodge (Shirley) and Amy Wheat (Dan); eight grandchildren, Trinity Johnson (Scott), Trisha Funke, Michael Reynoso (Teresa), Hannah McDaniel, Robert Hodge III, Heidi Marie Hodge, Zachary Wheat (Stephanie) and Emily Wheat; and 14 great-grandchildren, Heidi Rose Boykin, Jesse Funke, Samuel Reynoso, Amelia Johnson, Madilyn Reynoso, Molly Johnson, Liam Wheat, Averie Wheat, Maxton Wheat, Marcus Reynoso, Temperance Muilenburg, Gavin Wheat, Scarlett Wheat, and Avery Reynoso. Her legacy lives on.
There was a memorial service for Mrs. Funston from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. on Thursday, Dec. 10, at the First Baptist Church of Searles Valley, Calif. A graveside service was held at 1 p.m. at Searles Valley Cemetery in Trona, Calif., where she was laid to rest with her beloved daughter, Heidi, and her first husband, Bob.