Eileene Badgett, 83, of Granite City, Illinois passed away at 7:56 p.m. on Thursday, June 30, 2011 at her home. She was born July 11, 1927 in Mt. Vernon, Illinois, a daughter of the late Orley and Helen (Anderson) Whitsell. She married Duane R. Badgett on December 5, 944 in St. Louis, Missouri and he survives. Eileene was an avid dollmaker, She handmade the ceramic dolls, painted them, made the hair and clothing for them. She was a faithful member of Calvary Baptist Church in Granite City and will be remembered for the love and special times shared with her family. In addition to her beloved husband, she is survived by five sons, Bill (Susan) Badgett of Dallas, Texas, Jerry Badgett of Granite City, Scott (Tana) Badgett of Maryville, Jeff (Barb) Badgett of Granite City and Bradley (Kim) Badgett of Granite City; nine grandchildren; six great grandchildren; four sisters, Alice "Ruth" Paxton of Rockton, Donna Wright of Michigan City, Indiana; Marjorie Hatfield of Granite City; Nicki (Chuck) Redfern of Centralia; other extended family and friends. In addition to her beloved parents, she was preceded in death by one brother, Albert Marcum and two sisters, Billie Stewart and Ethel Watts.
In celebration of her life, visitation will be at Irwin Chapel, 3960 Maryville Road in Granite City on Sunday, July 3, 2011 from 4:00 p.m. until 8:00 p.m. where funeral services will be at 11:00 a.m. on Monday, July 4, 2011. Burial will be at Sunset Hill Memorial Estates in Glen Carbon. Memorials may be made to SSM Hospice and may be accepted at the funeral home. www.irwinchapel.com
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