1943 - 2016

Judith D. “Judy” Critz, 73, of East Peoria, passed away at 7:16 p.m. Monday, Dec. 5, 2016, at her home.

Born Aug. 1, 1943, in Peoria to Ralph and Helen Spiker Dewey, she married Ronald Wilson Sr. and later married James Eads Sr. She married Boyd Critz III Sept. 14, 1996, in Peoria. He died Feb. 23, 2009.

She was also preceded in death by her parents; four sons, Gregory Eads, James Eads, Dennis Eads and Tim Eads; one brother, Dennis Dewey; and one sister, Sharon Dewey.

Surviving are one son, Ronald (Wendy Sue) Wilson of Pekin; three stepchildren, Boyd Critz IV, Catherine Critz and Diana Carroll; many grandchildren; several great-grandchildren; and the upcoming birth of a great-great-grandchild. She also leaves behind, Kathy Zeiters, who she thought of as a daughter and always called “Sweetie.”

A homemaker, Judy had worked at Montgomery Wards and Bosch Trucking. She had attended Woodruff High School in Peoria.

Judy was a lover of all animals, big and small, especially her cats, dogs and birds. She was a free spirit and was loved and will be missed by many.

Her visitation will be from 5 to 7 p.m. Thursday, Dec. 15, at Preston-Hanley Funeral Homes & Crematory in Pekin.

There will be no services and cremation will be accorded.

Memorial contributions may be made to the Tazewell Animal Protective Society, 100 TAPS Lane, Pekin, IL 61554.

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