Gloria L. Abbott, 85, of Springfield, IL formerly of Riverton died at 8:30 a.m. Wednesday, May 30, 2012 at St. John’s Hospice. She was born on May 20, 1927 in Middletown, IL to David and Vina Parks Biggs. She married Robert E. “Chick” Abbott on September 15, 1941 and he preceded her in death on June 16, 1981. Also preceding her in death were her parents, step-mother, Nancy Biggs, a great grandchild, two sisters and one brother.
She is survived by four daughters, Candace (Victor) Devos of Auburn, Kristi (Tim) Cravens of Springfield, Kim (Larry) Cooper of Riverton and Kelley Fahrenbacher of Springfield, eleven grandchildren, Julie Landers, Josh Cravens, Gena Harness, Jamie Nichols, Troy Fahrenbacher, Drew Cooper, Noelle DeSpain, Danielle Devos, Brooke Cooper, Victor Devos III and Kelley Bellaver, sixteen great grandchildren and one sister, Mardell (Elmer) Rankin of Petersburg.
Mrs. Abbott was a member of Riverton United Methodist Church and the United Methodist Women’s Society for over 50 years. She was a graduate of Middletown High School. She enjoyed quilting and loved spending time with her family and grandchildren. She retired in 1990 from Illinois Bell Telephone Company after 20 years of service.
Visitation: 9-11 a.m. Monday, June 4, 2012 at Riverton United Methodist Church, 429 E. Lincoln.
Funeral Service: 11:00 a.m. Monday, June 4, 2012 at Riverton United Methodist Church with Pastor Jonathan Dixon officiating.
Burial will be at Camp Butler National Cemetery.
Memorials may be made to Riverton United Methodist Church.