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Ruby J. Thomas

7/10/1929 - 5/4/2019

PEKIN ~ Ruby Jewel Thomas, 89, of Pekin, passed away at 11:43 a.m. Saturday, May 4, 2019 at Hallmark House Nursing Center in Pekin.

Born July 10, 1929 in Leslie, Arkansas to Boone Forest and Louella (Goodman) Ward, she married Ivory Buford Thomas on May 18, 1946 in Arkansas. He died May 4, 2014 in Peoria. She was also preceded in death by her parents; one son, Eddie Thomas on May 26, 1989 and two brothers, Shirl and Sherman Ward.

Surviving are one daughter, Rita (Tim) Maupin of Urbana; one son, Michael (Barbara) Thomas of Pekin; six grandchildren, Andrea (John) Davis, Greg (Amber) Thomas, Jeff (Anja) Thomas, Benjamin (Jessica) Crane, Bethany (Aaron) Kleckner and Nate (Jessica) Thomas and 14 great-grandchildren, Frank, Jade, Luke, McKinley, Dylan, Nathan, Hannah, Owen, Ally, Savannah, Lena, Logan, Lauren, Grant and expecting her fifteenth.

Ruby had worked as a Mental Health Technician at Zeller Mental Health Center in Peoria for 20 years, retiring in 1989.

She loved to work in her yard and enjoyed cooking in her youth.

Her graveside service will be at 2 p.m. Tuesday, May 7, 2019 at Lakeview Cemetery in Pekin. Pastor John Plunkett will officiate.

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

In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be given to St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital, Midwest Affiliate, 530 North East Glen Oak Avenue, Peoria, Illinois 61637 or OSF Richard L. Owens Hospice Home, 8630 Illinois State Route 91, Peoria, Illinois 61615.

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