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Dorothy Langford

FORSYTH — Dorothy Alene Langford of Forsyth, formerly of Walnut, passed away Sunday, Jan. 26, 2014.

Dorothy was born Sept. 7, 1916, to Ralph and Florence Tuckerman on the Tuckerman farm near Walnut. When she was 6 years old, the family moved to a house in Walnut where she went to school, graduating from high school in 1934. She then attended North Central College in Naperville and graduated with a Bachelor of Science in Music Education in 1937.

Dorothy married Claude Langford on Dec. 31, 1937. They lived in Walnut until 1959 when they moved Dalton City. Their only child, Dean T. Langford, was born on June 19, 1939. Dorothy taught school in Walnut for a few years and then taught piano lessons in both towns until 1975. Her normal teaching enrollment was 40-plus students per week for 35 years. She also played the organ at the Walnut Methodist Church for 15 years and the Dalton City Presbyterian Church for nine years until it closed.

During her life she played organ for several hundred weddings and funerals in many churches in downstate Illinois, retiring in 1990. She was very active in Walnut and Dalton City community activities such as the American Legion Auxiliary and Women’s Clubs. Dorothy reached and positively impacted the lives of tens of thousands of people with her music.

Claude Langford spent his business life in the banking business and owned the Hight State Bank in Dalton City. Dorothy Langford was always involved in support of Claude’s work life at the bank, helping with meetings, giving Christmas Parties, co-managing a major remodeling project at the bank, etc. She also owned and managed the Dalton City Paint and Hardware Store for nine years.

Dorothy has been a fervent supporter of the University of Illinois in Champaign for many years and followed the basketball and football teams with her husband from coast to coast for over 20 years. Her son, Dean Langford, endowed a chair and established a scholarship fund at the University of Illinois, College of Music, to honor Dorothy and her love of music in 1990.

Three years after Claude’s death in 1995, Dorothy moved to Hickory Point Christian Village in Forsyth and resided there until her death. During her life at Hickory Point she has remained active in many community endeavors and was a source of positive energy to that community.

Dorothy is survived by one son, Dean Langford, who lives in Ponte Vedra Beach, Fla., and one grandson, Doug Langford, and his wife, Sharon Langford, and two great-grandchildren, Nicole Alene Langford and Dylan Tucker Langford. Doug is the pastor of the Edgewood Free Methodist Church in Brighton, New York.

A service to celebrate Dorothy’s life will be held at 10 a.m. Wednesday, Jan. 29, at the Dawson & Wikoff North Chapel Funeral Home. Burial will be in the Walnut Cemetery, Walnut. Visitation will be from 6 to 8 p.m. Tuesday, Jan. 28, at the funeral home.

Memorials may be made to the Dorothy Langford Scholarship Fund, C/O University of Illinois College of Music.

Messages of condolence may be sent to the family at www.dawson-wikoff.com.

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