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Betty N. Shoemaker

2/13/1927 - 3/17/2020

PEORIA ~ Betty Nadine Shoemaker, 93, of Peoria, passed away peacefully at 1:35 p.m. Tuesday, March 17, 2020 at Reflections Memory Care in Morton. After years of continuous care at her home by her family, she recently became a resident at Reflections.  Even after moving, Betty received continued love, care, and comfort from her family on a daily basis.

Born on February 13, 1927 in Mt. Sterling to Robert C. and Dorothy (Moody) Hornbuckle, she married Ralph H. Shoemaker on May 21, 1955 in Peoria.  He died December 1, 2019 in Peoria. She also was preceded in death by her parents; one son, Stephen Sebree; one brother, Gordon Hornbuckle; one infant sister, Joan Hornbuckle and a sister-in-law, Helen Stine.

She is survived by two sons, George (Gail) Sebree of Canton and Greg (Mera) Shoemaker of Peoria; three daughters, Jann (Scott) Baker of Belleville, Jill (Jay) Arnold of Peoria and Joy (Michael) Vallosio of Mapleton, a daughter-in-law, Margo Sebree of Canton; 26 grandchildren; 56 great-grandchildren; 4 great-great-grandchildren and two babies on the way. She also leaves two sisters-in-law, Rosalie Hornbuckle of Murrieta, California and Jeanne Domnick of Peoria and stepbrother, Dan Stine of Heber Springs, Arkansas.

Betty spent time crocheting, sewing, canning vegetables from her garden, painting beautiful ceramic pieces, and cooking amazing meals for her family because they were her top priority. Whether at home or at church, very seldom would you see her without a child in her arms. Her love for family and especially children was passed down to each generation. 

In later years, Alzheimer's took so many memories, but her eyes would still light up whenever she was surrounded by her family. She would tell us to enjoy our crazy, hectic, child-filled lives, because without them, we would be bored. She would laugh at the chaos and say she could just sit back and relax now, because she already had her turn chasing after children. Her motherly instinct never left her, even if her memory did. She would break up pieces of food to feed the little ones; she would tickle and play peek-a-boo with the babies; she loved unconditionally to the end.

She was a member of The Cross Baptist Church in Pekin, where she was last able to attend on March 1.

Her celebration of life memorial service and gathering will be announced at a later date. A private graveside service will be Monday, March 23, 2020 at Maple Ridge Cemetery in Mapleton. Pastor Jay Arnold, her son-in-law, will officiate. There will be no public visitation. Arrangements have been entrusted to Preston-Hanley Funeral Homes & Crematory in Pekin.

In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to The Cross Baptist Church, 4201 Edgewater Dr, Pekin, IL 61554, Faith Baptist Church Building Fund, 405 E Main St, Belleville, IL 62220, or The Grandma Shoe Memorial Bridge and Garden at her favorite spot by the pond, c/o Joy Vallosio, 7920 W Thorngate Dr, Mapleton, IL 61547.

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