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Debra G. Emert

10/28/1952 - 1/18/2020

PEKIN ~ Debra Gale “Debbie” Emert, 67, of Pekin, passed away at 12:52 p.m. Saturday, January 18, 2020 at Generations of Peoria.

Born October 28, 1952 in Peoria to Ivan and Vela (Stewart) Greer, Jr., she married Greg Emert. They later divorced.

Surviving are three children, Shawn (Terri) Emert of Peoria, Shane “Jason” (Stashia) Emert of Las Vegas, Nevada and Courtney (Steve) McKee of Arnold, Maryland; five grandchildren, Kendell, Drake, Quintin and Steven McKee, all of Virginia and Cheyenne Emert of East Peoria and four siblings, Karen (Robert) Courtway of Spring Bay, Kitty (Rudy) Jackson of Creve Coeur, Jack Greer of Indiana and Terry “Mike” Greer.

She was preceded in death by her parents.

Debbie had worked in the Food Service department at Bradley University in Peoria for many years, retiring in 2009.

She enjoyed reading and spending quality time with her family.

Debbie was a member of Pekin First Church of the Nazarene.

Her funeral will be at 11 a.m. Saturday, January 25, 2020 at Pekin First Church of the Nazarene. The Rev. W. Lloyd Brock will officiate. Visitation will be from 6 to 8 p.m. Friday evening at Preston-Hanley Funeral Homes & Crematory in Pekin. Additional visitation will be from 10 to 10:45 a.m. Saturday morning at the church. Burial will be at Prairie Haven Cemetery in Pekin.

Memorial contributions may be given to Pekin First Church of the Nazarene, 3514 Broadway Street, Pekin, Illinois 61554.

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