CARBONDALE -- Vickie J. Rushing, 61, died at 1:49 p.m. Monday, Aug. 6, 2012, in Memorial Hospital of Carbondale.
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Vickie was born March 22, 1951, in Anna, the daughter of Roy Laverne Turner and Mary (Rushing) Riley.
Vickie is survived by five children, James Paul (Lindsey) Rutledge of Carbondale, Roy Glenn Rutledge of Denver, Shawn J. (Karen) Rutledge of Denver, Adrian Powers of Carbondale and Jacob Rutledge of Carbondale; her mother, Mary Rushing Riley of Anna; two grandsons, Devin and Ryan Rutledge, both of Denver; two brothers, Leon Frick of Anna and Michael (Melinda) Riley of Webb City, Mo.; two sisters, Mary Alice Arnaud (Jason Watterson) of Anna and Linda (Wayne) Roseborough of Carbondale; a niece Breanna Roseborough of Carbondale; special friends, Ken Penna of Springfield, Mo., Barbara McConville of Du Quoin, Cheryl Bell of Murphysboro, and Denver and Devin Powers of Carbondale; and many aunts, uncles, cousins, nieces, nephews and many friends.
She was preceded in death by a daughter, Stella Michelle Rutledge on May 23, 2011; and her father.
Vickie graduated from Century High School in Ullin in 1969. After graduation she joined the Peace Corp. and moved to Texas. She later married and had four beautiful children. Vickie returned to Southern Illinois in the mid '80s and made her home in Carbondale. She had health issues for many years and most recently was diagnosed in June with cancer. Vickie vowed to "fight this cancer and to never give up." Vickie will be sadly missed by her family and friends.
In honor of Vickie's wishes of cremation, a memorial service will be at 11 a.m. Monday, Aug. 13, in Rendleman and Hileman Funeral Home in Jonesboro, with the Rev. Bill Carter officiating. Visitation will be from 10 to 11 a.m. Monday, Aug. 13, at the funeral home.
In lieu of flowers, a fund has been established for Vickie's grandson, Jacob Rutledge, 13, who Vickie adopted as her own son after the death of his mother in 2011.
Memorial contributions may be mailed to Linda Roseborough, 1356 Wood Road, Murphysboro, IL 62966. Checks may be made to Linda Roseborough. Envelopes will also be available at the funeral home.
To view this obituary or to leave an online condolence, visit www.rendlemanhilemanfh.com.
Published in The Southern Illinoisan from Aug. 7 to Aug. 9, 2012