1938 - 2016

Carolyn Jean DeBoer, 78, of East Peoria, passed away at 12:14 a.m. Monday, Dec. 26, 2016, at Manor Court in Peoria.

Born Dec. 11, 1938, in Pekin to William Thomas and Marguerite Louise Meisinger Shepperd. She married the love of her life whom she dated since the age of 14, Ronald J. DeBoer Dec. 15, 1956, in Pekin. He died Dec. 30, 2014, in Peoria.

She was also preceded in death by her parents.

Surviving are three daughters, Marsha (George) Pratt of Bartonville, Beth (Wayne) Stogsdill of Creve Coeur and Tanya (Chip) Hollingsworth of Germantown Hills; 12 grandchildren; 10 great-grandchildren; two sisters, Judy Klecker of Peoria and Pat (Doug) Troyer of Pekin; and two brothers, Tom (Susan) Shepperd of Chesterfield, Mo., and Bob (Lauri) Shepperd of Pekin.

Carolyn had worked as an activity director at Pavilion Healthcare for 20 years, retiring in 2000. In her early years, she worked at Standard Brands in Pekin and operated a licensed daycare in her home.

A loving and devoted wife, mother, grandmother, great-grandmother and sister, Carolyn enjoyed quilting, sewing, antiquing and had a love for animals. She also loved going for drives with her husband, who she had an overwhelming love for and helping and guiding others.

Carolyn was a 60 year member of Second Reformed Church in Pekin, where her memorial service will be at 1 p.m. Friday, Dec. 30. The Rev. Bill Appleyard-Pekich will officiate.

Inurnment will be at a later date at Glendale Memorial Gardens in Pekin.

Preston-Hanley Funeral Homes & Crematory in Pekin is in charge of arrangements.

In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to Alzheimer’s Association, Central Illinois Chapter, 612 W. Glen Ave., Peoria, IL 61614.

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