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JoElla Kidwell

Birth Date: June 29, 1997
Death Date: September 9, 2018

Jo Ella “Ella” Kidwell, 21, of Decatur, IL passed away on Sunday, September 9, 2018 at Decatur Memorial Hospital.

Jo Ella was born on June 29, 1997 in Grand Rapids, MI, the daughter of the late Sue Ellen (Reynolds) and Terry B. Kidwell. She attended Parsons Elementary School, Stephen Decatur Middle and MacArthur High School in Decatur, IL. She graduated from Deer Valley High School in Phoenix, AZ and worked at Macon Resources, Inc.

Jo Ella is survived by her father, Terry B. Kidwell; caregiver, The Reverend M. Stanley Wood; brother and sister in law, T. Brandon and Carrie Kidwell of Traverse City, MI; sister, Marissa Jennings of Grant, MI; aunt, Karene Kidwell of Bloomington, IN; uncle, William Heavin of Rolla, MO; aunt and uncle Jane (Kidwell) and Robert Black of Rolla, MO; aunt and uncle, Charlotte and John Reynolds and family of Mt. Zion,IL; nephew, Alexander King of Traverse City, MI; niece, Brinsley Kidwell of Cornstock Park, MI; niece, Jessica Heavin of Tulsa, OK; niece and nephew, Brooke and Dwayne A. Bell and family of Rolla, MO; niece and nephew, Hillary and Brandon Black and family of Rolla, MO; cousins, Linda and Jerry Wolfe and family, Jeri and Dale Bradford and family, Ginny and William Brocksmith and family, Pam and George Arndt and family, Lisa and Donnie Sutton and family and others of Decatur, IL; Cheryl and Kenneth Snoke of Indiana; Judy and James Sutton and many others including her dog Carma.

JoElla was predeceased by her mother, Sue Ellen Kidwell; aunt, Joy (Kidwell) Heavin; uncle, Harry Kidwell; aunt and uncle, Daisy and James Sutton; aunt and uncle. Donna and William Reynolds and uncle, Ed Reynolds.

Service will be Saturday, September 22, 2018 at the First United Methodist Church, 201 West North Street 62522, at Church Street at 10 AM. Visitation will be at 9 AM in the sanctuary. Interment will be private at the Mount Zion Cemetery in Boody, IL.

JoElla would want memorials given to the United Methodist Youth at the First United Methodist Church

September 9, 2018
9:00 am
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First United Methodist Church
201 West North Street Decatur, IL
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Memorial Ceremony
September 22, 2018
10:00 am
First United Methodist Church
201 West North Street Decatur, IL
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  1. Dear Terry, and Brandon, So sorry to hear about “Ellie.” I remember how sweet she was as a young child, and it sounds like she grew to be a sweet young lady too. May the Lord wrap his arms around you and comfort you at this time of your loss of sweet Ellie.
    In Christian Love, J.B. and Deb Webb

  2. So sorry for your loss. Ella will be greatly missed. I always enjoyed talking to her and finding out about the current book she was reading. Praying that you feel God’s comfort and His loving arms around you at this time.

  3. I am so very sorry to learn of JoElla’s passing. I was her school bus driver (#83), taking her to and from MacArthur High School for 2-3 years. She was never a problem on the bus, but sometimes forgot something when leaving the bus. I would kid her about it and she always gave me that sweet smile of hers. I truly cared for this young lady and will always remember her!! Mr. Mike

  4. Prayers

    Written by: Debbie Cox Schwalbe

    My prayers and sympathy go out to Joella’s family and loved ones as you mourn the loss of this wonderful, sweet girl who was a delight to many. Joella will be missed. May you have the peace and comfort that only God can provide.

  5. I did not know JoElla, but she was my biological cousin. My deepest sympathies and sincere condolences to the family and friends of this beautiful young lady.

  6. Remembering a sweet girl

    Written by: Nikki Lichlyter

    We at Deer Valley High School always looked forward to her return. She was the sweetest little gal. We enjoyed sharing book titles and content. She was an avid reader.

  7. Sweet baby girl

    Written by: Cheryl Snoke

    Ella, I know you are so happy with your Mom right now. I will always have many great memories of how you touched our life’s. Stan thank you for taking such good care of her.

  8. Joellas little sisters family

    Written by: Troy, kerry and Marissa Jennings

    Terry we are so sorry for your loss. I know that Marissa and Joella were looking so forward to seeing each other. She will be missed very much.
    Your in our prayers. Lean upon the Lord he will give you strength.
    The Jennings

  9. We are so sorry for your loss. I always enjoyed having her at our activities. May God bless you with peace and comfort in the weeks ahead. Bud and Cinda Stocks

  10. Pleas know we are so sorry to hear of your lose. She was such a sweet girl.
    She certainly will be missed.Please know we are praying for you guys.
    God bless,
    Glenn & Vivian

  11. Ella’s celebration

    Written by: Pete Johns

    Terry so sorry for your loss. My prayer is for comfort for you as you celebrate Ella’s life. I mourn with you. Chaplain Pete

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