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Edwardena Goranson

4/2/1920 - 3/8/2019

PEKIN ~ Edwardena E. “Lucy” Goranson, 98, formerly of Pekin, passed away at 4:35 a.m. Friday, March 8, 2019 at the Apostolic Christian Home of Eureka.

Born April 2, 1920 in Cruger Township, Woodford County to Edward Peter and Emma Daisy (Haag) Lehman, she married Rev. David Robert “Bob” Goranson on June 5, 1948 in Eureka. He died May 26, 2012 in Eureka. She was also preceded in death by her parents; one daughter, Lynn Goranson; two sisters, Mary Burton and Arlene Hutton and four brothers, Orman Lehman, Verlin Lehman, Peter Lehman, and Paul Lehman.

Surviving are one brother, Clifford (Maryellen) Lehman of Eureka and many nieces and nephews.

Lucy taught school for five years in rural schools in Woodford County and then taught 3rd grade for two years at Deer Creek Elementary School. She later worked as a substitute rural carrier for the United States Postal Service in Eureka for 17 years, retiring in 1984.

She was a volunteer at the Peoria Rescue Mission and was named volunteer of the year in 1999. She was a former 4-H leader in Eureka and a former member of the Home Extensions in Eureka, Paris, and Galesburg.

Lucy was a devoted member of Pekin Bible Church. She had taught 3rd grade Sunday school, was chairperson for the funeral dinners for many years, and was a member of the Women’s Group and Stitcher’s for Jesus of the church. 

She enjoyed quilting, crocheting, knitting, sewing, baking, and canning.

Her funeral will be at 11 a.m. Wednesday, March 13, 2019 at Pekin Bible Church, 2405 Court Street in Pekin. Pastor Chad Nightingale will officiate. Visitation will be from 10 to 10:45 a.m. Wednesday at the church. Burial will be at Hillcrest Memory Gardens in rural Morton.

Arrangements are by Preston-Hanley Funeral Homes & Crematory in Pekin.

The family would like to extend a loving and heartfelt thank you to the staff at Apostolic Christian Home of Eureka.

Memorial contributions may be made to Moody Bible Institute, 820 North LaSalle Blvd., Chicago, IL 60610.

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