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Wanda L. Ashley

5/15/1938 - 3/26/2018

PEKIN ~ Wanda Lea Ashley, 79, of Pekin, passed away at 6:45 p.m. Monday, March 26, 2018 at OSF Saint Francis Medical Center in Peoria.

Born May 15, 1938 in Fifty-Six, Arkansas to Henry Washington and Leona Riffee (Wrinkles) Pogue, she married Dowice J. Ashley on July 17, 1954 in Fifty-Six, Arkansas.

Surviving are her husband, Rev. Dowice Ashley; one daughter, Lora (Tim) Weidner of Pekin; one son, Brad (Teresa) Ashley of Quincy; six grandchildren, Doug (Stephanie) Weidner of Pekin, Devon (Luke) Wentz of Travis AFB, California, Nathan (Meghan) Weidner of Manito, Justin (Samantha) Ashley of Mountain View, Arkansas, Brandon Ashley and Emily Ashley, both of Quincy; nine great-grandchildren; and two sisters, Jeal (Don) Thomas and Dorothy Thomas, both of Mountain View, Arkansas.

She was preceded in death by her parents and one infant brother, Huey Pogue.

A homemaker, Wanda had supported her husband in ministry since 1976.

She was a member of Community Fellowship Church in South Pekin, and the Ladies Club of the church.

Wanda was a giving, gentle, and quiet person.  She loved to dote on her grandchildren and great-grandchildren.  She was an avid reader and enjoyed shopping.

Her funeral will be at 10:30 a.m. Friday, March 30, 2018 at Preston-Hanley Funeral Homes & Crematory in Pekin.  Pastor Rodger Kaeb will officiate.  Visitation will be from 6 to 8 p.m. Thursday at the funeral home.  Burial will be at Woodrow Cemetery in rural Pekin.

Memorial contributions may be made to St. Jude Midwest Affiliate, 530 Northeast Glen Oak Avenue, Peoria, IL 61637 or to Community Fellowship Church, 110 East Main Street, South Pekin, IL 61564.

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