Darlene Joan "Penny" Padgett, 87, of Quincy, (formerly of Camp Point) died at 2:20 p.m. Saturday, August 27, 2022, at her home in Quincy.
Born March 21, 1935, in Sutter, Illinois, Penny was the daughter of Elmer and Mildred Wollbrink Beeler. She married Jack H. Padgett on February 6, 1955. He preceded her in death on December 15, 2015. She was baptized at Bethany Evangelical and Reformed Church in Tioga, Illinois on August 4, 1935, by the Rev. George E. Pruessner. She was confirmed at Bethany Evangelical and Reformed Church in Tioga in 1948, by the Rev. Paul Irion.
Penny was a member of Trinity Lutheran Church in Golden. She was a past member of the church council and served as Financial Secretary for many years. She was also a member of the Ladies of Trinity Church (formerly WELCA) and served as secretary for the organization. She was a graduate of Warsaw High School and Gem City Business College. She became a Certified Professional Secretary (a professional proficiency standard that is recognized worldwide) in 1988. She retired from Adams Electrical Cooperative in Camp Point after 21 years of service. Penny loved doing for others and enjoyed being able to work with personnel at Adams. During her career at Adams Electric, she served as the loan officer for the Credit Union and also served on the board of directors for the Illinois Association of Electric Cooperatives for 14 years.
Penny was instrumental in forming ABS Water Cooperative in 1980, where she served 14 years as a director and secretary/treasurer. She also served on the National Rural Electric Cooperatives Task Force for planning conferences for Executive Secretaries.
Survivors include four daughters, Jacquie (Bill) Simon of Hardin, IL; Julie Padgett of Quincy; Jill (Jeff) Moore of Brimfield, IL; and Jeanne (Gordan) Yingling of Mt. Sterling; twelve grandchildren, Todd (Rachel) Simon; Jahnee (James) Hillen; Jamie (Steve) Fiferik; Haley (Dave) Reichmann; Luke (Jae) Brady; Hayley (John) Davis; Heath (Jamie) Moore, Holly Moore, and Jared Moore; Jackson (Andrea) Yingling; and Clayton and Wilson Yingling. twenty three great-grandchildren and several nieces and nephews also survive.
She was preceded in death by her parents; her husband; her son, Jon; and two brothers, Wayne and Gerald Beeler.
Funeral Services will be held Thursday (September 1, 2022) at 11:00 a.m. at Trinity Lutheran Church in Golden by Rev. Tom Graves. Burial will follow at South Side Cemetery, Clayton, Illinois.
Visitation will be held Thursday from 9:00 a.m. until the time of services at the church.
Memorial donations may be made to Trinity Lutheran Church or The Golden Good Shepherd Home Window Fund.
Online condolences may be left at www.hamiltonfuneralhomes.net.
The Lummis Hamilton Funeral Home in Camp Point is handling the arrangements.