Rosamund Law Allison, 82, of 221 Elgin Ave. was pronounced dead at 11:15 p.m. at OSF Saint Francis Medical Center after sustaining multiple injuries when the tornado destroyed her home, Peoria Coroner Johnna Ingersoll said.
An elderly Washington resident became the second fatality of the devastating Nov. 17 tornado after she succumbed to injuries Thursday night.
Rosamund Law Allison, 82, of 221 Elgin Ave. was pronounced dead at 11:15 p.m. at OSF Saint Francis Medical Center after sustaining multiple injuries when the tornado destroyed her home, Peoria Coroner Johnna Ingersoll said."She was pulled her out of the house and landed on debris, with debris landing on top of her," Ingersoll said.City officials recognized the death during a press conference Friday that also outlined changes to debris removal guidelines."The City of Washington wants to send our condolences to Ray Allison, Munda Allison's husband, and their son, William," Mayor Gary Manier said at the press conference.Washington resident Mary Sullivan, a friend of the woman who died, said she heard that Allison was lying on her couch when the tornado took her out of the home."We thought that everything would be fine," Sullivan said of Allison after she was admitted to the hospital. "It's just so sudden."Allison had been a substitute teacher for Central School District 51 and also taught in Glasgow, Scotland."She was a soft spoken lady," Sullivan said. "She liked playing bridge and was a very nice person."Sullivan said Allison, who was also known as "Munda," hadn't been in contact with many of her friends recently and stayed close to home due to a medical condition. Allison also dealt with the death of one of her sons in 2010.Allison is survived by her husband, Raymond D. Allison; son, Bill Allison; grandson, Andrew Allison; and brother, Walter Law.Ingersoll said an autopsy will be performed to determine a preliminary cause of death.The National Weather Service in Lincoln rated the Washington tornado an EF-4, with winds between 170 and 190 mph. It destroyed hundreds of houses in Washington and led to major power outages in Tazewell County.Steve Neubauer, 51, of Washington was the first confirmed tornado-related death of after he was found on School Street near his home, according to Tazewell County Coroner Jeff Baldi. Friends have said Neubauer was a mechanic who operated heavy machinery and loved boating."It just reminds us. We kept saying one, Mr. Neubauer, but now it's two," Manier said. "Hopefully, we don't receive any more news from this deadly storm."A memorial service for Allison will be held 1 p.m. Wednesday at Mason-White Funeral Home, 20 Valley Forge Drive in Washington.
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