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Doris Wathan

Nov 17th, 1938 - May 7th, 2021

Funeral Ceremony: 2 p.m. on Tuesday, May 11, 2021, at Frank & Bright Funeral Home in Flora

Visitation: 11 a.m. until time of service on Tuesday at the funeral home 

Interment: Odd Fellows Cemetery, Xenia



   Doris Marie Wathan, age 82, of Flora, Illinois, passed away Friday morning, May 7, 2021, at her home.

   She was born November 17, 1938, in Wayne County, Illinois, the daughter of Ray and Estel Marie (Cooper) Pennington.  She was united in marriage to Jack L. Wathan on December 5, 1959, in Xenia, Illinois, and together they have shared 61 wedding anniversaries.

   Doris was a homemaker and babysitter.  She enjoyed collecting bells, working in the yard tending to her flowers, and canning vegetables from the garden.  She was a member of Bloom Baptist Church where she was very involved with her church family.  Doris enjoyed time spent visiting with neighbors and friends, and getting together with all the family, especially for the holidays.  She was a fantastic cook and loved sharing meals with others.  She worked alongside Jack getting ready for horse shows and always made time to attend all of the grandkids events.    

   She is survived by her husband: Jack Wathan of Flora; children: Randy Wathan of Flora, Rhonda (Scott) Garrett of Flora, and Ronnie (Sharon) Wathan of Rock Hill, South Carolina; 7 grandchildren; 13 great-grandchildren; 11 great-great-grandchildren; 2 sisters: Ilene Kinnaman and Lena Belle Carrell both of Flora; a brother: Eber Pennington of Cisne; and many nieces and nephews.

   She was preceded in death by her parents: Ray and Estel Pennington; a sister: Radean Clements; an infant sister: Laura Mae Pennington; and father and mother-in-law: Christopher and Mamie Wathan.  

   A funeral ceremony will be held at 2 p.m. on Tuesday, May 11, 2021, at Frank & Bright Funeral Home in Flora.  Interment will follow in Odd Fellows Cemetery, Xenia.  Visitation will be 11 a.m. until time of service on Tuesday at the funeral home.  Memorial donations are suggested to Bloom Baptist Church or Clay County Hospice and will be accepted through the funeral home.  To share a memory or condolence visit:


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Charlie and Patty Peters

May 7th

We loved Doris. She was the kindest person and she'll be missed so much. You're all in our thoughts and prayers.

John and Judy Lusk

May 8th

Jack and family, we are so sorry for your loss. Doris was such a sweet lady who was friendly to everyone, and loved God, her family, and friends. I really enjoyed talking to her. She will be missed by all those who knew her. We pray that God will wrap his arms around you and comfort you, It is a Blessing to know that Doris up there enjoying seeing her sister Radean again. Fly high, Doris.

Susan and Jim Allison

May 8th

Our thoughts and prayers are with you and your family, Jack. Doris was a lovely lady 🌷

Dennis and Christy Uphold

May 8th

Jack,Rhonda, and family, so sorry for your loss. Your mom was a very sweet lady and always so kind to everyone, you're in our thoughts and prayers.

Carroll britton

May 8th

I am so sorry for your loss. Ms Doris was such a sweet lady. She will be missed.

Bill & Charlene Gilmore

May 8th

Praying for Peace & comfort for the family. God be with you! Doris will be missed. Lovely person.

Glenda Cooper

May 8th

If ever their was an angle who had their wings on this earth it was Doris. She was on sweet lady. Always had time to visit and say a kind words. Rest in peace my friend. I will miss seeing you.

Steve and Pat Henry

May 8th

Sorry for your loss, she was a wonderful woman. She will be missed by all.

Gene McAllister

May 8th

Jan Rayne and I will certainly miss Doris she was a kind and loving friend and sister in Christ

Meryl woods jr

May 8th

So very sorry for your loss, my thoughts and prayers go out to the family and friends.

Rick and Trudy Zimmerman Stanford

May 8th

We are so sorry for your loss. She was one great person.

Gene and Sara Wyatt

May 9th

So sorry for your loss Doris was a sweet and kind person. You couldn’t have asked for a better wife and mother. I loved spending time at your house when we were younger and I’ll miss seeing her and our visits at Walmart. Keeping you and your family in my thoughts and prayers.

Dave & Carolyn Henson

May 9th

So many sweet memories of this wonderful lady! Many hugs & prayers for Rhonda & the rest of her family!

Chuck and Martha Pearce

May 9th

Jack and family, we are sorry for your loss. Doris was such a sweet lady and we really enjoyed going to church with you. Loved visiting with both of you.

Shawna matchett

May 9th

Awe, I'm very sorry to hear that Aunt Doris is no longer with us. Aunt Doris was a very wonderful sweet lady. I am saddened that I didnt make it out to see her before she passed. Shes going to be with Grandma Radean and grandpa and grandma pennington now and I know they will all be glad to be together. Aunt Doris until we meet again please give my grandma hugs for me as well as grandma and grandpa pennington. May you all watch over us all down here. May you now RIP AND FLY HIGH FLY HIGH

Pamela Greenwood

May 9th

I have many fond memories of Doris. She was always such a kind, sweet, good hearted lady. She will be missed by so many. Her family and loved ones are in my thoughts and prayers.


May 9th

Doris was & always will be, the best of the best. No one could ever top her kindness & caring.

Fred & Lynne Gocey

May 9th

Jack and family, sorry for your loss. Prayers for all of you.

Linda and Larry Mix

May 9th

Doris had such a kind and caring manner about her that always made me feel that I had been hugged, even when we had just shaken hands. She will surely be missed by all who knew her. May God's peace be with her family.


May 9th

Doris was & always will be, the best of the best. No one could ever top her kindness & caring.

David and Cheri Cook

May 9th

Sorry for your loss. family in our prayers

Donna McAllister

May 9th

I am so sorry Doris was a wonderful kind person that had nothing but caring about others

Michael and Kristen Piscitelli

May 9th

Our thoughts and prayers go out to you Ron, and to your whole family. We're very sorry for your loss, and will miss all the stories of the wonderful holiday food and treats your Mom used to make.

Larry and Donna Milner

May 9th

So sorry for your loss, hugs and prayers for the family.

Hilda Smith and Jack

May 9th

My prayers for the family.. Doris was a classmate of the Cisne class of 57. Doris was a very loving person. We will miss her.

Leon & Glenda Sharp

May 10th

Our thoughts & prayers are with the family.

Ron and Kathy King & family

May 10th

We are so saddened to hear about your loss. Our prayers are with you all. Doris was the kindest, most considerate lady and so blessed our family.

Steve and Ruthie Welty

May 10th

So sorry for your loss. Keeping you all in our prayers. We are out of state or I would be at the funeral today. Will be getting in touch with you when we get back.

Bill Dulaney

May 10th

So sorry for your loss. Very kind lady. We will be praying for you all.

Richard and Karen Stanfield

May 11th

Praying that God will comfort your heart, uplift your spirit and carry you all through this time of sadness to a place of peace. Our deepest sympathy.

Cindy Berry O'Ryan

May 11th

I always loved her smile and kindness. She will be missed by many. Hugs to all the family.

Doug and Debbie (Showalters) Slover

May 11th

Our sincere sympathies to the Wathan family for their loss. Doris was a kind special lady to many . Our prayers are with you.

Holly Wathan

May 11th

I am so sorry for your loss, Aunt Doris was such a thoughtful and dear lady.

Kay Wathan Zech

May 13th

A new star is now shining on us and a new flower has been added to God's bouquet. My thoughts & prayers are with you and the family. Love, Kay

Wanda DeSelms Eaaastin

May 15th

I am so sorry to learn of the passing of Dorris. Just learned of it or would have attended her funeral. I grew up with Dorris' family, the Penningtons , at Johnsonville, Illinois. Many happy memories of that time.

Cathy Sledge Kieta

May 20th

I am sorry to hear of the passing of Mrs. Wathan. She was always so kind. Keeping all of you in my prayers.

Jim and Ardeth Freeman

May 21st

I only now heard of your passing dear Doris. I know you are free of pain and suffering now, in a better place. I will always remember your beautiful blue eyes, ready smile and graciousness. You will be missed my dear. Ardeth Freeman

Amber (Young) Loya

November 19th

Many prayers for comfort to Jack, Rhonda, Randy and Ronnie. I have many happy memories of Doris while playing at the Wathan house as a child. Rhonda, my childhood friend- sending much love to you.



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