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Mary Lou Lord

9/1/1935 - 9/30/2017

PEKIN ~ Mary Lou Lord, 82, of Pekin, passed away at 8:30 a.m. Saturday, September 30, 2017 at Morton Terrace.

Born September 1, 1935 in Manito to Roy and Sarah Marie (Callaway) Smith, she married Eugene William “Gene” Lord on June 12, 1952 in Pekin.  He survives.

Also surviving are one son, Rick Lord of Green Valley; one daughter, Janice (Greg) Patterson of Pekin; three grandsons, Josh Patterson of Crown Point, Indiana, Jesse (Amy) Patterson and Nathan Lord, both of Pekin; and two great-grandchildren, Jepp Patterson and Lainey Patterson.

She was preceded in death by her parents and two brothers, Dewey Smith and Paul Skaggs.

A homemaker, Mary Lou had worked at Libby’s in Morton and later at Monge’s Townhouse Apartments.

She was a former member of the Pekin Woman of the Moose Chapter #673.

Mary Lou enjoyed playing bingo and solitaire, and going on walks with her daughter.  She also enjoyed fishing in the past.

Her funeral will be at 10 a.m. Wednesday, October 4, 2017 at Preston-Hanley Funeral Homes & Crematory in Pekin.  Pastor Brad Martin will officiate.  Visitation will be from 9 to 10 a.m. Wednesday at the funeral home.  Burial will be at Spring Lake Cemetery in rural Manito.

Memorial contributions may be made to Tazewell Animal Protective Society, 100 TAPS Lane, Pekin, IL  61554.

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