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Dixie L. Thomas

12/20/1941 - 10/16/2019

PEKIN ~ Dixie Lee Thomas, 77, of Pekin, passed away at 6:40 a.m. Wednesday, October 16, 2019 at her home.

Born December 20, 1941 in Peoria to Walter and Jessie Eileen (Davis) Williams, she married Curtis Michael Thomas.

Surviving are her husband; two sons, John (Sandy) Henry of Manito and Theodore Henry of Pekin; two daughters, Wendy (Randy) Craig of Creve Coeur and Sheri (Virgil) Jones of Pekin; eleven grandchildren, Stacy, Chris, Felicia, Jeffrey, Cody, Amanda, David, Jacob, Paige, Jade, and Alexandria; ten great-grandchildren; one brother, Richard Williams of Peoria; and one sister, Sue (Charles) Myers of Gaston, Alabama.

She was preceded in death by her parents; one son, Charles A. Henry; foster daughter, Karen Dunn; and one brother, Rusty Williams.

Dixie had worked as a Certified Nurse’s Aide and caregiver.

She was a member of the Red Hat Society.

Dixie will be remembered for her love of her family and dogs.  She was an avid reader, enjoyed crafts, and Betty Boop

Her funeral will be at 10 a.m. Friday, October 18, 2019 at Preston-Hanley Funeral Homes & Crematory in Pekin.  Pastor Melvin Duval will officiate.  Visitation will be from 5 to 7 p.m. Thursday at the funeral home.  Burial will be at Pleasant Hill Cemetery in rural Forest City.

Memorial contributions may be made to the American Diabetes Association, 55 East Monroe Street, Suite 3420, Chicago, IL  60603.

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