Dolly Arlene Sledge

Dolly Arlene Sledge

Dolly Arlene Sledge, 87, of Mt. Vernon, passed away at 2:53 pm, Tuesday, June 9, 2020, at her home.

She was born March 14, 1933, in Mt. Vernon, the daughter of David Henry and Lillie Ethel (Sims) Benard.  On May 11, 1952, at Pleasant Hill Baptist Church in Mt. Vernon, she married Bob Sledge, and he preceded her in death on July 22, 2014.

Mrs. Sledge was an active member of Pleasant Hill Baptist Church, and prior to her retirement, was a caseworker for Mt. Vernon Township General Assistance.  She attended school in Mt. Vernon and Chicago, and graduated from Mt. Vernon Township High School.  She loved spending time with her children, grandchildren, family and friends.  She also enjoyed camping and traveling by motor home, and seeing the country.

She is survived by three children, Cheryl Harrison and husband Ronnie of Mt. Vernon, Brad Sledge of Mt. Vernon, and Kay Hall and husband Tom of Texico;  Seven grandchildren, Gabe Harrison and wife Keri, Luke Harrison and wife Sarah, Chelsea Heck and husband Ricky, Amy Sledge and partner Chad, Bobby Sledge and wife Courtney of Fort Hood, Texas, Adam Hall and partner Lindsay, and Amber Hall and partner Kody;  Eighteen great-grandchildren, Anni, Roman, Tristan, and Savannah Harrison, Quincy and Bo Heck, Wyatt and Lilith Bell, Tawneley, Easton, and Kash Hall, Alexis, Jaiden, and Ryker Kania, Rowan Sledge, and Waylon, Waverly, and Willa Withrow;  one brother, Clarence Benard of Benton; two sisters-in-law, Mary Benard of Chicago and Betty Sledge of Texico;  and several nieces and nephews.

In addition to her husband, Bob Sledge, she was preceded in death by her parents, David and Lillie Benard;  eight brothers;  six sisters;  and several nieces and nephews.

A private family service for Mrs. Sledge will be held on Saturday, with burial to follow at Pleasant Hill Cemetery.

Memorial gifts may be made to SSM Hospice, Shriner’s Hospital, or the American Diabetes Association, and will be accepted by mail to the Osborn Funeral Home, P.O. Box 130, Dix, Illinois 62830.  Online condolences may be made at, or on the Osborn Funeral Home Facebook page.

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