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Lorene Busby

8/17/1929 - 4/5/2019

PEORIA ~ Lorene Eleanor Busby, 89, of Peoria, passed away at 7:45 p.m. Friday, April 5, 2019 at Rosewood Nursing Home in Peoria.

Born August 17, 1929 in Pekin to William Ernest Sr. and Edna May (Gilmore) Royse.  She married Byron Robert Busby on November 27, 1959 in Pekin.  He preceded her in death January 3, 2009.  She was also preceded in death by her parents; brothers, Donald and William E. Royse, II; and one sister, Ivela.

Surviving is one daughter, Valerie (David) Slater of Peoria; one son, Brent (Jenny) Busby of Chicago; five grandchildren; fifteen great-grandchildren; and four great-great-grandchildren.

Lorene worked as a telephone operator for over 40 years at CENTEL Phone Company, retiring in 1987.

Shye was a devoted member of the First Baptist Church in Pekin, and a member of the Marantha Sunday School Class for most of her life.

The two most important things in her life were her family and her faith in Jesus Christ.

Her graveside service will be at 2 p.m. Wednesday, April 10, 2019 at Lakeside Cemetery in Pekin.  Pastor Garry Geer will officiate.  Preston-Hanley Funeral Homes & Crematory in Pekin is in charge arrangements.

Memorial contributions may be given to the Alzheimer’s Association at 614 W. Glen Ave. Peoria, IL 61614.

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