Dorothy Chesnut (94) of Newton


Published on March 26 2014 8:46 am

Dorothy Chesnut, 94, of Newton, Illinois passed away at 6 a.m. Wednesday, March 26, at Imboden Creek Living Center in Decatur.

Services celebrating her life will be held at 11 a.m. Saturday, March 29 at the Blake-Buchanan Funeral Home in Newton. Burial will be in the Hankins Cemetery in Smallwood Township, Jasper County. Visitation will be held two hours before the service. In loving memory of Dorothy, memorials may be made to Wounded Warrior Project or the Baptist Children’s Home. Online condolences may be left by clicking here.

Dorothy Lucille Katherine Chesnut was born April 12, 1919 in Buckley, Illinois the daughter of John and Ethel (Daniel) Fallert. She was the only daughter of six children. Dorothy attended Newton Community High School where she was one of the last surviving members of the 1937 graduation class. Dorothy married Morton (Scotty) Chesnut April 22, 1939 in Henderson, Kentucky and nd he preceded her in death on December 14, 1990. Alongside Scotty, she was a cattle and grain farmer in Jasper County her entire married life. She also worked at the Red & White Grocery Store, Ettlebrick Shoe Factory, and E.R. Moore Garment Factory. Dorothy enjoyed quilting, crocheting and many other handicrafts. Her beautiful hand work graces all of her children’s homes. Dorothy was a bible scholar who taught Sunday School and Bible Study classes for many years. She was a member of the Smallwood Home Extension Club and the First Baptist Church of Newton. Dorothy was a beautiful lady who loved her family.

She is survived by four children, Constance (husband Martin) Gorrell of Decatur, Beverly (husband Larry “Red”) Matson of Newton, Dennis (wife Carolyn) Chesnut of Lone Jack, Mo. and Rebecca Fehrenbacher of Decatur; 11 grandchildren, 26 great-grandchildren, two step-great grandchildren, two great-great-grandchildren and several nieces and nephews also survive

Dorothy was preceded in death by her husband; parents; grandson Tommy Gorrell; five brothers, Paul, Marion, Charles, Walter and Sherman Fallert and her special friend Merrill Brown.