PEKIN ~ Clara G. Richey, 83 of Pekin, passed away at 12:50 p.m., Saturday, March 26, 2011 at her home.
Born, September 7, 1927 in Knox County, IN to Richard and Irene (Trader) Coy, she married Ralph Richey in January, 1946. He preceded her in death on November 4, 2010 in Cottonwood, AZ.
Surviving are one daughter, Mary Ann (Richard) Budde of Pekin; five grandchildren; nineteen great-grandchildren; twelve great-great-grandchildren; and one sister, Luella (Mike) Dozard of Lawrenceville, IN.
Clara was preceded in death by her parents; one son, Joseph; one grandson, Troy Richey; four brothers and two sisters.
A member of the Teamsters and Chauffeur's Union, Local 627, she worked as a custodian at Bradley University in Peoria for twenty years, retiring in 1983.
Clara loved to cook and enjoyed watching television, particularly cooking shows. She also loved spending time with her grandchildren and enjoyed family functions.
Her funeral service will be at 11 a.m., Wednesday, March 30, 2011 at Preston-Hanley Funeral Homes & Crematory in Pekin. The Rev. Bruce Bolin Ghitalla will officiate. Visitation will one hour prior to the funeral. Burial will be in Glendale Memorial Gardens in Pekin.
Memorial contributions can be made to American Heart Association Midwest Affiliate, Memorial & Tributes Lockbox, 3816 Paysphere Circle, Chicago, IL, 60674.
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