Dora (Dorrie) Lee Tinkham (Rider), age 89, passed away peacefully into waiting arms in Heaven on November 17th, 2023. Dora was born on March 2nd, 1934 to Newell and Marjorie (Keen) Rider in Mendota, IL. At the age of 20, she married her life-long friend Theodore (Ted) Tinkham of Cameron, IL. Dora was a graduate of Cottage Hospital School of Nursing and worked for twenty years in mental health as a nurse in psychology, impacting numerous lives. Dora was a loving wife, caring mother, supportive grandmother, a cheerleader to all who knew her, and a devoted follower of Christ.
Dora is survived by one son, Timothy Tinkham of Cameron IL; her grandson Nicolas "Nico" (Elizabeth) Guzman of Iowa City IA, whom she helped raise after the death of her daughter, Laura; Janessa Tinkham of Fordsville, KY, her ‘other’ daughter Terry Hanson of Cameron IL, who was precious to her, often acted as her right (and left) hand, and honored her by calling her ‘mother’; a sister-in-law Barbara Rider of Wataga IL; Chris and Matt Tinkham of Peoria IL; the Paul Phillips family, who were always so supportive of her; and Sandy Rebholz of Mendota IL, one of many cousins.
Dora is preceded in death by her parents, Newell and Marjorie (Keen) Rider of Mendota IL; Theodore Tinkham, whom traveled the world with her; her daughter Laura Guzman (Tinkham); her sons Todd Tinkham, Ty Tinkham, and Tracey Tinkham; and her brother Charles Rider.
Per her wishes, no formal funeral service will be held. Her greatest desire was for Christ to be lifted up. Dora will be cremated by Turnbull Funeral Home and buried in Silent Home cemetery in Cameron IL. Graveside services are planned at Silent Home Cemetery on November 24th, 2023 at 11:00 am and a celebration of life dinner will be held afterward at 1:00 at Bethel Baptist Church 1196 North Academy Street in Galesburg, IL. A memorial fund is being established for Knox County Right for Life or the Galesburg Rescue Mission. Her final wish is that she be remembered as somebody who cared and loved the world. To those who have loved her and have ministered to her, you "lit up my life".
‘My end is only the beginning’ “For I know the plans I have for you,” declares the Lord, plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you hope and a future.”-Jeremiah 29:11