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Lois J. Callaway

12/19/1940 - 6/10/2018

MANITO ~ Lois Jean Callaway, 77, of Manito, passed away at 3:08 a.m. Sunday, June 10, 2018 at OSF Richard L. Owens Hospice Home in Peoria.

Born December 19, 1940 in Tracy City, TN to Charlie and Elsie (Shrum) Sissom, she married Clyde Callaway on February 12, 1960 in Manito.  He survives.

Also surviving are two daughters, Michelle (Gary) Watson of Manito and Marilyn (Dave Keen) Whitfield of Creve Coeur; four grandchildren, Joshua Watson, Jamie Klopfenstein, Jessica Whitfield and Ryan Whitfield; four great-grandchildren, Elijah, Jeremiah, Elyse and Rowan; one brother, Charles (Lee Etta) Sissom and one sister, Carolyn Sissom, both of Pekin.

She was preceded in death by her parents; one grandson, Jeremy “Hoss” Watson on June 18, 2006; one great-granddaughter, Emery Klopfenstein on June 16, 2015 and one son-in-law, Nicholas Whitfield, Jr. on August 12, 2014.

A homemaker, Lois was a devoted and loving mother, grandmother and great-grandmother.  She enjoyed raising flowers and gardening, fishing, playing cards and going to breakfast every week with her friends.  She loved helping others and animals.

Her funeral will be at 10 a.m. Thursday, June 14, 2018 at Preston-Hanley Funeral Homes & Crematory in Pekin. Pastor Judy Steger Kennedy will officiate.  Visitation will be from 5 to 7 p.m. Wednesday evening at the funeral home.  Burial will be at Forest City Cemetery.

Memorial contributions may be Tazewell Animal Protective Society, 100 Taps Lane, Pekin, IL 61554.

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