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Kerdonna Lois Jinkens Sisson Sabatino, age 94, of Kahoka, MO, died peacefully on Friday, January 30, 2015 at the Clark Co. Nursing Home in Kahoka surrounded by her family.

She was born June 14, 1920 at the family home in the Bethlehem neighborhood of Clark County, the daughter of James S. and Letta M. Blanton Jinkens.

She was married to Murlin J. Sisson on August 30, 1941, and they were blessed with five children. He preceded her in death on December 2, 1975. On September 1, 1988 she was united in marriage to Edward Sabatino who preceded her in death on September 3, 2000.

Survivors include her five children: Carolyn (Mrs. Larry) Arnold of Kahoka, MO,Kathy (Mrs. David) Roberts of Springfield, IL, Nancy (Mrs. Terry) Winters of Canton, MO,Marla (Mrs. Jay) Wilson of Alexandria, MO; one son, Mark (Brenda) Sisson of Kahoka, MO; thirteen grandchildren: Jeffrey (Karen) Arnold of Kahoka, Lance (Anita) Arnold of Kahoka, Nathan (Melinda) Roberts of Ogden, IL, Brandon Roberts of Champaign, IL, Natalie Roberts of Springfield, IL, Tessa (Brian) Elam of Kahoka, Shay (Leslie) Winters of Canton, Sid (Amanda) Winters of Columbia, Jason Wilson of Argyle, and Melissa (Rob) Schutte , Jed Wilson, Travis Sisson, and Nora (J R) Smith all of Kahoka; twenty-seven great grandchildren; one brother, Winnie (JoAnn) Jinkens of El Dorado Springs, MO; sisters-in-law and brother-in-law, Anna Jean Jinkens and Aileen Jinkens, both of Keokuk,IA and Forrest and Dorothy Phillips of Kahoka, MO; as well as nieces, nephews, cousins and other relatives.

She was preceded in death by her parents; her husbands; and siblings: Orris Jinkens, Zora Overhulser, Pauline Meyer, and James, Robert, Kirk, and Shirley Jinkens.

Kerdonna attended Hogan School in Clark County and graduated from Keokuk High School in 1941.

She was a member of Bethlehem Baptist Church and later became a member of St. Paul United Church of Christ in Kahoka where she raised her children.

She had worked several jobs, but the majority of her life was spent as a housewife, caring for her family. She believed in working hard and being fair and kind to everyone she met. She could sew anything and spent hours making clothes for her family and lovingly quilting for each one as well. In addition, she enjoyed gardening and caring for her flowers. Her greatest wish was to keep her family healthy and happy.

Memorial services were held Tuesday, February 3, 2015 at 10 a.m. at St. Paul United Church of Christ in Kahoka with Rev. Dixie Laube officiating. Pianist was Mrs. Heidi Fox. Special music was congregational hymns “In the Garden” and “Go Now in Peace”, “You Raise Me Up” recorded by H L Plenge, and Que Sera, Sera.

Honorary Pallbearers were her grandchildren.

Inurnment will be at a later date in the Kahoka Cemetery.

Visitation was held at Wilson Funeral Home in Kahoka after 9 a.m. Monday with family receiving friends from 5-7 p.m.

Memorials were suggested to the Bethlehem Cemetery or St. Paul United Church of Christ.

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