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“Oh Cora, I know you are reunited with Mark in heaven. You can now spread your wings, pain free, & rest on God's loving arms. Rest In Peace sweet lady ”
1 of 5 | Posted by: Mary Latta - The Villages, FL

“So sorry for your loss ”
2 of 5 | Posted by: Patricia Perry - Burlington, IA

“Cora was a sweet person school we have been friend long time and friend on Facebook we are going to miss her R.I.P. ”
3 of 5 | Posted by: Gail Berry - Valdosta, GA

“Cora was a sweet person school we have been friend long time and friend on Facebook we are going to miss her R.I.P. ”
4 of 5 | Posted by: Gail Berry - Valdosta, GA

“I Loved Cora so much we in class together at Oak Grove she was the sweetest person and takes on Facebook for last few years Fly High Cora ”
5 of 5 | Posted by: Shyla Carter - Paragould, AR


ROCK FALLS – Cora J. Whelchel, 56, of Rock Falls, passed away on Friday, September 25, 2020 at Central DuPage Hospital in Winfield. Cora was born in Sterling on March 26, 1964, the daughter of Joe and Sally (Reed) Riley. She married Mark Whelchel on November 2, 1982 in Arkansas. He predeceased her on June 30, 2014. Cora especially enjoyed connecting with special friends and family on Facebook.

Survivors include her mother Sally Riley of Sterling; two daughters, Melissa Whelchel of Rock Falls, and Amy Whelchel of Dixon; two sisters, Carol (Scott) Chadwick of Sterling, and Marsha Riley of Arkansas; three brothers, Robbie (Kathy) Riley of Ohio, IL, Ron (Mary) Riley of Silvis, and Richard (Dee) Riley of Jacksonville, FL; and two grandchildren, Jase and Arabelle.

Cora was preceded in death by her father Joe Riley; husband Mark Whelchel; one sister, Cindy Jackson; and one brother, Charlie Riley.

Cremation rites have been accorded.