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G. Louise Spalding

5/21/1922 - 11/25/2018

PEKIN ~ G. Louise (Walker) Spalding, 96, of Pekin, passed away at 1 p.m. Sunday, November 25, 2018 at her home.

Born May 21, 1922 in Marietta to Lester George and Florence Marie (Hutchins) Bonnett, she married Victor Walker on July 20, 1941 in Marietta. She later married John Spalding on August 30, 1989 in Pekin. He died July 24, 2006 in Peoria. She was also preceded in death by her parents; three sisters, Georgia Heller, Alma Zimmerman and Mary Ruth Wallis and one brother, Robert Bonnett.

Surviving are one son, Dr. Chris (Rose) Walker of Bridgewater, Massachusetts; one sister, Melba (Jim) Plunkett of West Dundee and sister-in-law, Joann Bonnett of Washington.

Louise had worked at Caterpillar, Inc. for 37 years, retiring in 1985.

Following retirement, Louise enjoyed playing golf. She was a member of the Pekin Country Club, where she played in both the 9 and 18-hole leagues. She also enjoyed traveling overseas alone and playing golf in Scotland with Jack.

Louise never allowed circumstances to hold her back. Growing up during the Great Depression, she knew hardships, but she was determined to face the challenges and overcome them and she did.

Edgar Albert Guest wrote the poem “It Couldn’t Be Done”. The line describing Louise says, “Just start in to sing as you tackle the thing that cannot be done”, and you’ll do it. Louise tackled the things that couldn’t be done and she did them.

She was a 60-year member of the First United Methodist Church of Pekin, where her memorial service will be at 11 a.m. Friday, November 30, 2018. The Rev. Judy Doyle and Rev. James C. McClarey will officiate. Visitation will be one hour prior to the service at the church.

Arrangements have been entrusted to Preston-Hanley Funeral Homes & Crematory in Pekin.

The family is very appreciative of all the people who have been so wonderful to Louise, especially the Rev. Judy Doyle.

In lieu of flowers memorial contributions may be given to First United Methodist Church of Pekin, 1315 Court Street, Pekin, Illinois 61554 or the Pekin Salvation Army, 243 Derby Street, Pekin, Illinois 61554.

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