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Melva Smith

9/18/1938 - 3/8/2019

PEKIN ~ Melva A. Smith, 80, of Pekin, passed away at 7:25 a.m. Friday, March 08, 2019 at Pekin Manor.

She was born September 18, 1938 in Pekin to Melvin and Mae (Ketcham) Jackson.  Her parents preceded her in death.

Surviving are one daughter, Nancy (Kelly) Simpson of Green Valley; two sons, Rick Smith of Pekin and Scott (Debra) Smith of Michigan; seven grandchildren; several great-grandchildren; six brothers, Ike (Carol) Bush of Manito, Mike Bush and George (Carla) Jackson, both of Pekin and Joe (Judy) Jackson of Green Valley, Kenny Wayne Bush, and Bob Bush, and one sister, Linda (Joe) Thomas of Missouri.

Melva had been a member of Grace United Methodist Church in Pekin.

She had worked as the director of the Christian Civic Outreach in Pekin for 14 years.

Melva loved camping, fishing and bonfires.  Spending time with her grandkids was extra special to her. In her later years, she enjoyed adult coloring books.  

Her funeral will be at 10:30 a.m. Tuesday at Preston-Hanley Funeral Homes & Crematory in Pekin.  Her daughter, Nancy Simpson will officiate.  Visitation will be one hour prior to the service at the funeral home.  Burial will be in Lakeview Cemetery in Pekin.

Memorial contributions may be given to the OSF Children’s Hospital of Illinois: Diabetes Resource Center at 530 NE Glen Oak Ave. Peoria, IL 61603.

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