Eleanor Jo Rankin (81)
Birth: December 26, 1940
Death: July 20, 2022
Eleanor Jo (Taylor) Rankin, 81, of Carmi, Illinois, passed away on Wednesday, July 20, 2022, at her home. She was born on December 26, 1940, in rural Mill Shoals, Illinois, the daughter of Ivan and Lucy (Files) Taylor. Jo married Charles Rankin on June 23, 1962, and recently celebrated their 60th wedding anniversary.
Jo attended Mills Prairie High School and after graduation went to work as telephone operator for 38 years, retiring in 1995. She was a member of the First Christian Church in Carmi.
In addition to her husband, Charles, she is survived by a son Charlie (Jill) Rankin; grandsons Dylan (Kelsey) Rankin and Devin Rankin; great granddaughter Ella Jayne Rankin, all of Carmi; sisters Jean Malone of Carmi, Linda (Roche) Smothers of Burnt Prairie, Illinois; half-sister Cheryl (Ed) Johnson of Chenoa, Illinois; half-brother Jimmy (Lisa) Taylor of Fairfield, Illinois; and several nieces, nephews, and cousins.
She is preceded in death by her parents; her step-mother Lois; sister Dorothy Preston; and half-sister Marikay Wilkerson.
Visitation and funeral are Monday, July 25, 2022, at Cook Funeral Chapel in Carmi. Visitation is at 10 am, and funeral is at noon. Burial will be in White County Memorial Gardens west of Carmi.
Memorials may be made to Southeastern Illinois College Men’s Basketball and will be accepted at Cook Funeral Chapel in Carmi.