Carol Reiken (Kirby) Coleman, 81

Carol Jean Reiken (Kirby) Coleman, 81, of Pekin, Ill. died on Oct. 17, 2021, at Timbercreek Nursing Facility in Pekin, Ill.

Born on Nov. 24, 1939, in her family home in Laketon as the daughter of Henry D. Reiken and Mabel I. (Sickafus) Reiken.

She married James Kirby on April 1, 1956, and though this marriage ended, she was blessed with a daughter from this union and during the course of her first marriage lived in Arizona and California for a time, before returning to Indiana. She married Guy Coleman on July 5, 1973, and though this marriage ended, she was blessed with two daughters from this union.

Carol is survived by all three of her daughters, Rena (Abdullah) Kirby, Amy (David) Luckenbill, and Colee Coleman; one grandson, Mackenzie (Kyleigh) Luckenbill; one granddaughter, Alexsandra Luckenbill; four great-grandchildren (Draiman Jay, Sawyer Rose, Oliver John, and Daphne Jean); one brother, James Reiken; and four sisters, Rose Bell, Ruth Calhoun, Joan Meredith, and Susie Brown.

Carol was proceeded in death by both parents, one brother, John Reiken, and four sisters, Edna Marsh, Mary June Reiken, Ida May Stellar, and Lena Coble.

Carol resided in Wabash County until 2013, when she made her final move to Pekin to live the remaining years at Timbercreek Nursing Facility, where she became affectionately known as “Butterfly.” She was always singing, humming, or whistling a tune of some sort and had a song for any situation you could imagine, fitting since her name literally means to celebrate in song. She would always cure our hiccups by taking our hand and having us stare into her beautiful brown eyes and it always worked.

Carol was always supportive of her family members and enjoyed many days and hours of cheering and supporting her spouses, her children, and grandchildren’s sporting events and other activities. She was always there to help whenever someone was of need. Throughout her life, she stepped up and took in several other family members and helped many more. Carol didn’t really know a stranger, and babies/small kids and animals always gravitated to her. Her energy would light up a room and her love would feel like sunshine even on the darkest days. She made the best potato salad, and her chocolate chip cookies where legendary and will never be matched.

Carol didn’t want a funeral and her wish was to be immediately cremated. The Cremation Society of Mid-Illinois, Pekin, handled arrangements. There will be a memorial to celebrate her life to be announced at a later date. If you wish to honor Carol with any donations, please feel free to give to a local charity in her name or use that money to do something nice for someone else as Carol would love that. Fly free now beautiful Butterfly, we love you Momma...

Posted on 2021 Oct 22