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Darlene Katherine “Dolly” Ames

Birth Date: March 6, 1942
Death Date: January 22, 2018

Decatur –Darlene Katherine “Dolly” Ames, 75, of Decatur, passed away Monday, January 22, 2018, in Decactur Memorial Hospital.

Dolly was born in Decatur, IL, March 6, 1942, to Henry and Christine (Sherer) Platzbecker. She was a member of Our Lady of Lourdes Catholic Church and operated The Arches Antique Market Place in Findlay. Dolly married Stephen Mark Ames April 4, 1970 and he preceded her in death January 7, 2017. Also preceding her in death are her parents, brother Henry and sister Betty and an infant sister.

Dolly is survived by her children: Chris Ames of Decatur, Stephen (Grace) Ames of MO, and Gina (Doug) King of MO; nine grandchildren and three great grandchildren; sisters: Lois Platzbecker of Chicago and Sue (Dudley) Cooley of PA; many nieces, nephews, other relatives and friends.

Visitation will be Friday, January 26, 2018, from 5 to 7 PM, in the Moran & Goebel Funeral Home; vigil prayer service will be at 4:30 PM. Mass of Christian Burial to celebrate her life will be 10 AM, Saturday, January 27, 2018, at Our Lady of Lourdes Catholic Church, Rev. Richard Weltin, celebrant. Burial will take place in Graceland Cemetery, Decatur.

The family of Darlene Katherine “Dolly” Ames is being served by the Moran & Goebel Funeral Home and Cremation Services, 2801 N. Monroe St., Decatur, IL 62526. Condolences and memories may be shared at

Vigil Prayer Service
January 26, 2018
4:30 pm
Moran & Goebel Funeral Home and Cremation Services
2801 N. Monroe Decatur, IL 62526
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January 26, 2018
5:00 pm
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Moran & Goebel Funeral Home
2801 North Monroe Street Decatur, Il 62526
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Mass of Christian Burial
January 27, 2018
10:00 am
Our Lady of Lourdes Catholic Church
3850 Lourdes Drive Decatur, IL 62526
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  1. Stephen and Chris,

    As you are well aware I flew home to be at Goofy's funeral (my best friend in this world) 1 year and 2 weeks ago. Now dolly? It seems like it just ain't fair! But I guess that is life, and death. So sorry you guys. Take care and I know you both will remember Mark and Dolly as the best parents and two of the best people in the world. Both would do anything for anybody. Again, so very sorry. They will be missed by everyone that ever knew them.


  2. My wife, Mary and I worked with Dolly and Mark at The Arches back in the 80's when we were just getting started in Antiquing and the knowledge they shared with us has served us well. They both remained friends with us over all the years and will be missed. Rest in Peace Dolly, now you and Mark are together again.

  3. Stephen,

    I got to know your mom when you and Kevin were in the Suzuki violin program at Parsons and all the volunteer activities we did together. Dolly was so sweet and such fun. She was so proud of her family. She will be missed. My thoughts and prayers go out to you and the family.

    Karen Spawr

  4. My deepest sympathy to Dolly's family, she was such a sweet lady and fun to be with. We will miss her at our lunches and in Findlay at the Arches.

  5. Mark was my first friend in elementary school and we remained best friends until he passed just a year ago. I always wondered with Mark being so hyper and Dolly so laid back how she handled Mark. They both were such remarkable people and will missed by many. God bless them both and comfort to their family

  6. Kelly and Mark we're good people I remember when I first met Dolly Eyemart Dolly had gave marry my oldest daughter a job there in December to help her out and for the parades they would have my daughter two of them Mary and Bonnie would help her out and afraid I have pictures of them any other girls that would help out in the prom dress up for her they had so much fun together she will be missed very very much sign off but Sherry and John Munson

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