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Rosie J. Smith

6/3/1932 - 6/3/2019

PEKIN ~ Rosie Juanita Smith, 87, of Pekin, passed away at 7:15 p.m. Monday, June 3, 2019 at her home.

Born June 3, 1932 in Mattoon to Burt and Flossie (Kirk) Kinsel, she married Albert “Pete” Smith on November 22, 1952 in Pekin.  He died January 16, 2000 in Peoria.  Also preceding her in death are her parents; one son, James; one daughter, Alice; one grandson, Joey; one great-grandson, Ayden and one great-granddaughter, Arabella.

Surviving are three sons, John Allen Smith, Samuel Alfred Smith and Michael Eugene Smith, all of Pekin; three daughters, Nancy Kaufman of Pekin, Jannie Chris (Jerry) Davis of Kansas, IL, Lisa Diane McGee of Charleston; eighteen grandchildren; many great-grandchildren; one brother, Vern (Mary) Kinsel of Taylorville and one sister, Pearl “Juanita” Kinsel of South Dakota.  Rosie was also looking forward to the birth of her first great great-grandchild.

Rosie was of the Baptist faith.

She had worked as a custodian for Pekin School District 108 for over 25 years.

Rosie had been a very independent person that enjoyed going to garage sales and going shopping.  She also enjoyed gardening and was known to have a green thumb.  Her greatest enjoyment though was her grandchildren.

Her graveside service will be held at 2 p.m. Friday, June 7, 2019 at Glendale Memorial Gardens in Pekin.  Pastor Dowice Ashley will officiate.  A celebration of Rosie’s life will follow at 3 p.m. at Community Fellowship General Baptist Church, 110 East Main Street, South Pekin, IL 61564.  Arrangements have been entrusted to Preston-Hanley Funeral Homes & Crematory in Pekin.

Memorial contributions may be given to the American Cancer Society, 4234 North Knoxville Avenue, Peoria, IL 61614.

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