Preston-Hanley Funeral Homes & Crematory

Nelda June McGuirk Haikey

3/19/1928 - 4/17/2017

PEKIN ~ Nelda June McGuirk Haikey, 89, of Pekin, passed away at 9:30 a.m. Monday, April 17, 2017 at her home.

Born March 19, 1928 in Effingham to Robert A. and Maggie Mae (Smith) Yeck, she married Francis B. McGuirk on October 11, 1946 in Decatur.  He died April 15, 1978 in Peoria.  She later married John B. Haikey on November 20, 1978 in Peoria. He died January 12, 1995.  She was also preceded in death by her parents; one daughter, Nancy J. Williams on February 28, 2008; her son-in-law, Les Myhr; one brother, Charles Harvey Yeck and one sister, Norma Jean Cessna and a dear cousin, Margie Landis, who was her longtime travel buddy. 

Surviving are one son, Robert (Lori) McGuirk of Pekin; two daughters, Linda Myhr of Westminster, CO, Lynn (Paul) Anderson of Evergreen, CO; twelve grandchildren; sixteen great-grandchildren; one great-great-grandchild and her son-in-law, David Williams of Peoria.

Nelda was a seamstress both at home and at Lee’s Cleaners in Peoria.  She also worked as a caregiver in home health care.

She will be remembered as an awesome cook who made great desserts.  Nelda enjoyed spending time with her family.  She was a caring and loving mother and grandmother.  She loved playing golf, enjoyed travel and was formerly an avid reader.

Her celebration of life gathering will be held from noon to 1:30 p.m. Saturday, May 6, 2017 at Preston-Hanley Funeral Homes & Crematory in Pekin.  Cremation rites have been accorded.

In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to Autism Society, 4340 East-West Highway, Suite 350, Bethesda, MD  20814.

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