Charlene Ann (Nichols) Whitling, age 80 of Oakland, IL, went home to be with the Lord on Wednesday, March 1, 2023, at Carriage Crossing in Arcola, IL.
Charlene was born April 24, 1942, in Ravenswood, WV to Charles Ardell and Minnesota Beatrice (Tallman) Nichols. She married George Eugene Whitling on September 11, 1960, at the Casey Methodist Church; he survives.
She is also survived by two children: Lisa (John) Taylor of Oakland, IL and Michael (Kari) Whitling of Springfield, IL; two grandchildren: Jase (Marissa) Taylor and Kyle (Hanna) Taylor; and four great-grandchildren: Jaxsyn, Owen, Everly, and Ivy Taylor. She was preceded in death by her parents.
Charlene was a member of the Antioch Baptist Church. She enjoyed reading, taking care of her and her family’s pets, cross country motorcycle trips with her husband and close friends, spending time with her grandchildren, volunteering at church events, and assisting at Small Blessings Preschool.
Funeral services will be held on Tuesday, March 7, 2023, at 11:00 a.m. at Krabel Funeral Home in Oakland, IL. Visitation will be held for one hour prior to the service, beginning at 10:00 a.m. Burial will follow in Oakland Cemetery. For those who wish, memorials in Charlene’s honor may be given to Antioch Baptist Church or the Oakland Food Pantry.