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Jeanette M. Williams

4/8/1932 - 12/24/2017

EAST PEORIA ~ Jeanette Maxine Williams, 85, of East Peoria, passed away at 9:40 a.m. Sunday, December 24, 2017 at Hallmark House Nursing Center in Pekin.

Born April 8, 1932 in Xenia to Ollie and Sara (Rush) Bayles, she married Richard Neal “Dick” Williams on July 4, 1951 in Corinth, Miss.   He died November 25, 1994.  She also was preceded in death by her parents; two brothers and three sisters.

Surviving are two sons, Mark S. (Marsha) Williams of San Jose and Keith H. (Cynthia) Williams of Richmond, Texas; seven grandchildren, Chad E. Williams of South Pekin, Taylor C. (Shantel) Williams of Pekin, Ryan A. (Heather) Williams of Washington, Kenneth C. (Michelle) Zimmerman of Pekin, Sarita N. Williams of Atlanta, Georgia, Richard E. (Tante) Williams of Houston, Texas and Max S. Williams of Lancaster, Pennsylvania; ten great-grandchildren, Hayden M.Z. Williams, Saddie Grace Williams, Anna Nore Williams, Zoe Zachia Zimmerman, Samantha Jo Williams, Sydney Paige Williams, Amaries Rain Williams, Avery Elizabeth Williams, Liberty Rose Williams and Rook Justice Williams and one sister, Lorraine Decker of Wisconsin.

Jeanette retired from Caterpillar, Inc. and also worked as an antique dealer for many years.

She was a member of First Baptist Church in Pekin.

Her funeral will be at 10 a.m. Saturday, December 30, 2017 at Preston-Hanley Funeral Homes & Crematory in Pekin.  Pastor Vernon Risner will officiate.  Visitation will be one hour before the funeral.  Burial will be in Fon du Lac Cemetery in East Peoria.

Memorial contributions may be made to the American Cancer Society, 4234 North Knoxville Avenue, Peoria, IL 61614.

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