BROOKPORT, Ill. — Rhudell Jeffords (neĂŠ Mott) of Brookport, Illinois, was born to the union of Lloyd and Lora (Nelson) Mott on June 19, 1921, in Renshaw, Illinois, and left from this life surrounded by her family on Monday, October 14, 2013, at Stearns Nursing Center in Granite City, Illinois, at the age of 92.
Rhudell spent her life taking care of her home and her family. Each year she planted a garden and would then spend hours canning vegetables and making all kinds of jelly that she shared with everyone she knew and loved. Tending to her flowers and yard was an everyday event and her hard work didn’t go unnoticed because she won awards for the “Yard of the Month.” Rhudell and Les traveled and camped in their younger years, always taking some of the grandsons with them. They belonged to the Massac Modulators CB Club and her handle was “Silver Streak.”
She was always cooking and baking, especially her chicken and dumplings, in case family or friends stopped by. During the holidays there was homemade Christmas candy and a tree decorated in the color red. Red was truly the color that Rhudell liked the most. The past several years Rhudell didn’t want to leave home because who would take care of her cats and fill the hummingbird feeder.
Rhudell was an amazing lady who was full of love, laughter, smiles and the rock of the family. Throughout her life the things she treasured the most was seeing her daughters grow up, watching her grandsons become men and being able to see the great-grandchildren continue her legacy of love, laughter and smiles.
Rhudell was preceded in death by her parents, Lloyd and Lora (Nelson) Mott; one brother, Lloyd Mott, Jr.; her former husband, Charles Leslie Jeffords; and other relatives and friends.
Those who are left to treasure her memory and to continue her legacy is her two daughters, Sandra Sue and husband, Dick, Mizell and Patricia Ann and husband, Ellis Wayne, Reynolds, all of Granite City, Illinois; four grandsons Tim Mizell and friend, Julie, of Granite City, Illinois, Don and wife, Lesa, Mizell of Cuba, Missouri, Bryan and wife, Olivia, Reynolds and Jason Mizell and friend. Jessica, all of Granite City, Illinois; two granddaughters-in-law Debye Mizell of Granite City, Illinois and Delaine Young of High Hill, Missouri; eleven great-grandchildren Noah, Isaiah, Amanda, Jaime, Kayla, Macey, Tyler, Austin, Michael, Drew and Dillan; three brothers-in-law Ned and wife, June, Jeffords of Golconda, Illinois, Ted and wife, Juanita, Jeffords of Manteno, Illinois, William “Shot” and wife, Alice, Jeffords of Golconda, Illinois; niece, nephews, great-nieces, great-nephews, great-great-nieces, great-great-nephews, cousins and many friends.
Visitation will be held Saturday, October 19, 2013, from 11 a.m.-1 p.m. at Aikins-Farmer Brookport Chapel, 7742 South US 45 Road, Brookport, Illinois.
Funeral service will be held Saturday, October 19, 2013 1 p.m. at Aikins-Farmer Brookport Chapel with Lesa Mizell officiating. Interment will follow at I.O.O.F. Cemetery, Golconda, Illinois.
If desired, memorials would be appreciated to: the Alzheimer’s Association; or American Diabetes Association in Rhudell’s memory.
Online condolences at www.mizellfh.com or www.aikinsfarmer-millerfh.com
The Mizell Funeral Home of Cuba is honored to be serving the family of Rhudell Jeffords.