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Grace E. Smith

12/21/1937 - 9/11/2020

PEKIN ~ Grace Eileen Smith, 82, of Pekin, passed away at 4:06 a.m. Friday, September 11, 2020 at Pekin Manor in Pekin.

She was born December 21, 1937 in Pekin to John Charles and Imogene Lenora (Farrow) Rudolph.  She was preceded in death by her parents; one daughter, Christina Gann; one brother, Charles Rudolph; and one sister, Darlene Hodgson.

Surviving are one son, Dillard (Patty) Clark of Pekin; one daughter, Kim Potter of Pekin; three grandchildren, Kevin (Kyla) Gann, Meghan (Chad) Gann, and Daniel (Kelsey) Clark, all of Pekin; eleven great-grandchildren; and five great-great-grandchildren

Grace worked for J.C. Penney in the Pekin Mall and worked for Becks Florist for many years.

Grace enjoyed fishing, bowling, mushroom hunting, and doing word search puzzles. She was a long time member of the Eagles Lodge and volunteered there all she could. She cherished her family and especially her grandchildren.

There will be a celebration of life gathering on Saturday, September 19, 2020 at the Pekin Moose Lodge from 3 to 7 p.m. The Chaplin Dwight Winnett with Compassus Hospice will officiate her service at 3:00 p.m.  Burial will be held at a later date.

Arrangements are by Preston-Hanley Funeral Homes & Crematory in Pekin.

The family would like to give a special thanks to everyone at Pekin Manor for their kindness and compassion in taking care of Grace.

Memorial contributions may be made to American Heart Association, 2141 West White Oaks Drive, #A, Springfield, Illinois 62704.

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