MOUNT CARROLL—Delores Gilliland, 85, of Mount Carroll, passed away Wednesday, April 10, 2019, at the Good Samaritan Society-Mount Carroll.

A funeral service will be held at 10 a.m. Monday, April 15, at the First Evangelical Lutheran Church, Mount Carroll. Burial will take place in Oak Hill Cemetery, Mount Carroll. Visitation will be held from 4-7 p.m., Sunday, April 14, at Law-Jones Funeral Home, Mount Carroll.

Memorials may be given in Delores's honor to the First Evangelical Lutheran Church, Mount Carroll. Family and friends are invited to share in Delores's life at

Delores was born Oct. 27, 1933, in Oregon, Ill., the daughter of Diedrich and Alice (Wiltfang) Mennenga. She graduated from Oregon High School with the Class of 1951. On Nov. 10, 1956, Delores married Earl Gilliland shortly after his return from his service in the Army during the Korean War. Together they celebrated 62 years of marriage and raised two children.

Delores worked as a secretary for Mount Carroll School District #304 for 24 years. She also worked for the Ogle County Farm Bureau for five years and one year for the University of Illinois. Delores was a member of the First Evangelical Lutheran Church in Mount Carroll.

She enjoyed reading and attending basketball games. She loved going to Timber Lake Playhouse musicals and being together with family, especially for holiday meals.

Delores enjoyed the company of her grand dogs, Macy and Pepper, and helping raise the family beagles and her Siamese cat. She also loved traveling around the countryside with Earl, and even longer trips, including the Louis and Clark Trail and Ellis Island at New York, Philadelphia and Washington D.C.

Delores will be dearly missed by her husband, Earl; son, David (Gail) Gilliland of Stockton; daughter, Dori Gilliland of Mount Morris; two sisters-in-law, Dale Mennega of Oregon and Phyllis (Willard) Haberer of Sterling; one brother-in-law, Dave Rittenhouse of Rockford; and many nieces and nephews.

Delores was preceded in death by her parents, Diedrich and Alice; brother, Gary Mennenga; and two sisters, June Rittenhouse and Marialyce (Don) Block.