Charlene Adelia Adams Higgenbotham, 60, Rockford, Illinois, died at 1:30 a.m., Thursday, March 03, 2016 in her home after a courageous battle with cancer.\r\r\n\r\r\n Born August 28, 1955 in Rockford, Illinois, the daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Charles and Adelia (Atkinson) Adams. She lived her entire life in Rockford. She graduated from Auburn High School, Class of 1973. Married Glen K. Higgenbotham in Rockford, Illinois on August 21, 1999. She was employed as an office manager by DiBenedetto & Associates for 34 years. Charlene did biannual camp outs with girlfriends, enjoyed Caribbean cruises and trips to Florida and Vegas with family and friends.\r\r\n\r\r\n Survivors include husband, Glen Higgenbotham, Rockford, Illinois; son, Dustin (Hillary) Fensterman, Rockton, Illinois; step sons, Eric (Sarah) Higgenbotham and Aaron Higgenbotham, both of Loves Park, Illinois; brother, Dale (Vickie) Adams, Rockton, Illinois; sisters, Dar (Mike) Moffett, Salem, Iowa and Donna (Joe) Kowalewski, Rockford, Illinois; grandchildren, Chloe Higgenbotham, Aiden Higgenbotham, Megan Smith and Zack Smith and several nieces and nephews. She was preceded in death by her parents and brother Buzzy.\r\r\n\r\r\n Funeral ceremonies will be held at 11:00 a.m., Monday, March 7, 2016 in McCorkle Funeral Home-Rockton Chapel, 767 N Blackhawk Blvd, Rockton, Illinois with Roberta Oslund officiating. Visitation will be held at the funeral home from 1:00 to 4:00 p.m., Sunday, March 6. Burial will be in Rockton Township Cemetery, 600 West Street, Rockton, Illinois.\r\r\n\r\r\n In lieu of flowers, a memorial will be established.