Iona M. Ernest, 89, of Washington, died at 5:10 a.m. Thursday, Nov. 12, 2009, at Washington Christian Village.
Born May 25, 1920, in Farmington to Arthur A. and Mabel Holmes  Dalton, she married Robert N. Ernest on Feb. 27, 1960. He died Oct. 30, 1997.
Surviving are three sons, Dennis (Cyndi) Quin, Roger (Linda) Quin, both of Washington and Robert (Donna) Ernest of Verbena Ala.; two daughters, Bea (Steve) Roosevelt of Deer Creek, and Mary Ernest McAtee of Overland Park, Kan.; 13 grandchildren; and 20 great-grandchildren.
She was preceded in death by a sister, Thelma (Howard) Fahnestoc.
She served as a 2nd Lt. in the Civil Air Patrol and worked as a bookkeeper at Bartonville Bank and Farmington Bank for 10 years.
Services were Nov. 14 at Dieters Funeral Home and Crematory. The Rev. Linda Baldwin officiated. Visitation preceded the services. Burial was at Parkville Cemetery in Peoria.
Memorials may be made to St. Jude Children’s Hospital or Washington Presbyterian Church.